McCarthy, Gonzalez Earn Laurel Titles

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Trevor McCarthy | Coady photo

Jockey Trevor McCarthy and trainer Claudio Gonzalez earned titles at Laurel Park's 46-day winter meeting, which concluded Sunday.

The 24-year-old McCarthy won 53 races during the stand, including the GIII General George S. aboard Uncontested (Tiz Wonderful) Feb. 16.

“I'm really fortunate to become the leading rider again this meet. It means a lot to me and to my family,” McCarthy said. “I want to thank my agent, Scotty Silver, and all the trainers and owners for riding me. Without the horses, we don't have racing and we don't have fun and we can't get in positions that we are. I'm very fortunate and blessed.”

Gonzalez led all trainers with 40 wins, including a stretch of seven consecutive victories over two racing days, Mar.17 and 22.

Maryland's leading trainer the past two years, Gonzalez has captured four straight meet titles at Laurel and six of the last seven dating back to the 2017 winter-spring stand. Overall, he owns nine meet championships.

“All the time, I say you have to put the horses in the right spot. My owners know when you put the horses in the right spot, you have a big chance to win races,” Gonzalez said. “Everybody is happy. My team, they do all the hard work. Everybody sees my name and they see me, but behind the scenes everybody is working really hard.”

Laurel's 19-day spring meet kicks off Apr. 5 and runs through May 5.

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