- Published: Sunday, 20 August 2017 16:29
Four owners tied with six wins each while Claudio Gonzalez and Victor Carrasco captured the trainer and jockey titles, respectively, outright during the Laurel Park spring/summer meet that ended Aug. 20.
The top owners for the meet that began June 9 were R. Larry Johnson (pictured), Sagamore Farm, BB Horses and Robert Bone.
Johnson, a member of the MTHA Board of Directors, led the way in total earnings for the meet with $225,158 from 29 starts; Sagamore was second with $192,275.
Not only was there a four-way tie for the first, but three owners—Hillwood Stable, Jacks or Better Farm and Helen Marshall—finished in a dead heat for second, each with five victories.
For Gonzalez, who is affiliated with BB Horses, it was his fourth training title in Maryland. He collected 21 victories to edge out Kieron Magee, who had 19 for the 33-day spring/summer meet. “I feel good,” Gonzalez said. “It’s a good feeling, but I have to thank all my workers and my owners and all the people that help me, the jockeys, everybody. It’s a team. If it’s not for them, I don’t get it done.”
Gonzalez, who is based at Laurel, also has done well at other tracks in the region. Thorough Aug. 20 he had seven wins from 15 starts at Delaware Park and five wins from 15 starts at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.
Carrasco won 36 races to win the leading jockey title, while Jevian Toledo was second with 33. Carrasco, who garnered the Eclipse Award for leading apprentice jockey of 2013, now has four Maryland riding titles to his credit.
“My agent (Tom Stift) and I have been together since I first got to Maryland four years ago,” Carrasco said. “We’re really happy with what we’ve been doing. He’s part of my winners and I really want to thank him for all his hard work. We’re looking forward to the fall meet here at Laurel.”
Laurel reopens for live racing Sept. 9. In the meantime, there will be seven afternoons of racing at the Maryland State Fair at Timonium: Aug. 25-27 and Sept. 1-4.