Pimlico Day 2: Apprentice riders invade Old Hilltop

April 04, 2013 | Gary Quill

Maryland thoroughbred horse racing has long been known for being a springboard for young riders to develop their skills in hopes of hitting the big time one day. For any jockey looking to make a name for him/herself, the start of a meet is perfect timing. In looking at the riding assignments over the first couple days, there are plenty of apprentice riders, aka “bug boys” back in the day.

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Just like an apprentice in any other profession, there are specific rules which dictate the duration of a riders apprenticeship. Each state has its own set of rules. The rule most common to the horseplayer is the Weight Allowances. In the state of Maryland an apprentice jockey, created by contract or certificate, may claim the following weight allowances in all overnight races except handicaps:

(a) 10 pounds beginning with the first mount and continuing until the apprentice has ridden five winners;

(b) 7 pounds after the 5th winner until the 40th winner; and

(c) 5 pounds after the 40th winner until 1 year from the date of the 5th winning mount.

In addition, if after 1 year from the date of the 5th winning mount, the apprentice jockey has not ridden 40 winners, the applicable weight allowance shall continue for 1 more year or until the 40th winner, whichever comes first, but, in no event may the applicable weight allowances be claimed for more than 2 years from the date of the 5th winning mount unless an extension is granted due to a physical disablement, military service or attendance at an institution of secondary or higher learning as a full-time student.

Now that you have been enlightened and can explain to your friends why one rider is given a 10 lbs. allowance while another only 5 lbs. and others none. Listed below are the bug boys and bug girls jockeying (pun intended) for their share of mounts at Pimlico. In parentheses are career mounts – wins- seconds – thirds through April 3rd.

Yomar O. Ortiz – 5 lb. (798 149 – 131 – 118)
Trevor McCarthy – 5 lb. (521 73 – 86 – 74)
Victor R. Carrasco – 5 lb. (126 12 – 16 – 27)
Jorge L Vargas, Jr. – 7 lb. (95 5 – 6 – 4)
Mallory Strandberg – 10 lb. (23 3 – 5 – 3)
Chelsey Keiser – 10 lb. (8 1 – 1 – 0)

The JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is… “Excused

Recapping Pimlico’s Opening Day 9-race card posted had 6 winners (2 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $12.00 (4th race), $21.60 (5th), $7.00 (6th), $12.60 (7th), $3.60 (8th) and $5.40 (9th).

The BEST BET of the Day (1 1-0-0) Mikey Likes It (5-2 PT; 3-1 M/L) let his foes do the dirty work early to soften up the 4-5 betting favorite. Last in the field of 5 at the quarter pole, “Mikey” unleased a furious stretch drive to get up in the final strides to prevail by ½ length, paying $7.00 to WIN, $3.40 to PLACE and $2.20 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (1 0-0-0) Andean Moon (12-1 PT; 8-1 M/L) raced in mid-pack thru the early stages of the race, dropped back at the quarter pole, then made a late run but only good enough for 5th.

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $20 on Reason to Drink (#4; 3rd race; PT 5-2; M/L 7-2) showed his type early turn of foot, was no match for the winner, lost PLACE money in a photo but all that doesn’t matter with a SHOW parlay, as he salvaged SHOW, well clear of the 4th place finisher, while providing a 20% ROI, returning $2.40 to SHOW. Thus, we add $4 to the initial $20 for Day 2.

Selections for the Day 2 Pimlico Friday, April 5th card are Page 2.

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