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MJC honors jockey Pino for win milestone

Posted on 11 November 2012 by WNST Staff

PINO HONORED BY THE MARYLAND JOCKEY CLUB


LAUREL, MD. 11-10-12—The Maryland Jockey Club honored jockey Mario Pino, who moved into the top 10 on the all-time win list earlier this fall, with a winners’ circle presentation Saturday afternoon at Laurel Park.

 

“It’s a great honor and I am very grateful,” Pino said. “Maryland has been great to me, riding here for 30 years, seeing people come and go. I set a goal to be in the top 10 though before I ever won a race I remember reading the Racing Form about a rider who just reached 5,000 and thought how tough that had to be.”

 

On September 18 at Presque Isle Downs, Pino moved into sole possession of 10th place on the all-time win list with a victory aboard Incredibly Smart. The win was number 6,471 for Pino, one more than Hall of Famer Earlie Fires. Pino currently has visited the winners’ circle 6,484 times. His first winner was with Ed’s Desire on Jan. 16, 1979 at Bowie Race Course when he was 17 years old.

 

“I just tried to go to work every day and be as consistent as possible. When that happens, you get an opportunity to ride good horses and win races,” said Pino, who has eleven 200-win seasons and had at least 150 victories 28 times. “I love to ride and love to cross the finish line first.”

 

Consistency helped Pino establish a record for most victories on the Maryland circuit with 4,958 winners at Pimlico Race Course, Laurel Park, Bowie, Timonium and Marlboro. Though he rode in the shadows of champion riders Kent Desormeaux, Edgar Prado and Ramon Dominguez, the 51-year-old ranked in the top five of the state standings for 25 straight years from 1979 to 2003.

 

“When I first started here it was Bill Passmore (3,531 wins), Vince Bracciale (3,545) and Chuck Baltazar (2,912),” added Pino. “Riding with the likes of Prado and Desormeaux, I think I learned from them to become a better rider. I wanted to be leading rider but as time went on I realized these guys were Hall of Famers. To be second to them was no disgrace.”

 

Pino, who was inducted into the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame Thursday evening, became the 15th jockey in North America to win 6,000 races when he rode Pass Play, a horse trained by his brother Mike, to victory at Laurel Park on Nov. 7, 2007.

 

“I don’t get very emotional but I did at the Hall of Fame ceremony and when I won 6,000 almost five years ago to the day,” the 51-year-old said. “I want to thank all the trainers who let me ride their horses. They helped me raise my family here and to be able to sustain a career for this long by trusting me.”

 

Pino plans on taking the winter off but expects to ride next year at Presque Isle Downs, where he finished third in the 2012 standings with nearly 100 victories.

 

“I’m not going to retire but I may never ride again here at Laurel Park or at Pimlico,” said Pino, whose horses have earned more than $119 million, 34th in the all-time standings. “I am going to take the winter off and go back there to ride in May. I’m going to miss the post parade, the riders in the room and the fans here. These are the best fans in the world.”

 

Nine of the 10 riders ahead of Pino, including all-time leader Russell Baze (11,765 wins & counting), are members of Racing’s Hall of Fame. Other immortals to reach the milestone include Laffit Pincay (9,530), Bill Shoemaker (8,833), Pat Day (8,803) and Chris McCarron (7,141).

 

“I look at those names and to be in this select company is surreal,” Pino said. “These are the best jocks to ever ride. To be in the sentence is a dream come true. Maybe one day I’ll be considered.”

 

ADDITIONAL MARIO MILESTONES

  • one of the principle players in the 2007 Triple Crown as the rider for Hard Spun with an exciting second place finish in the Kentucky Derby and a respectable third in the Preakness Stakes. The duo completed a fantastic campaign with a game second place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
  • became the 18th rider in history to win 5,000 races and did it on his 41st birthday (September 8, 2002), riding Outdone to victory on the grass at Delaware Park
  • ranked in the top 10 nationally in victories for four consecutive years beginning in 1999
  • top rider in Maryland in 1999 (247 wins) and 2002 (227 victories)
  • tied with Edgar Prado for second on Maryland Million Day with 16 victories
  • earned the first G1 score with Wildcat Bettie B in the 2006 Prioress at Belmont Park
  • has three victories in the G2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (1992, 1995 & 1999)
  • won a career-best seven races at Colonial Downs on July 7, 2002
  • rode six winners in Maryland on May 11, 2002 (Pimlico) and October 25, 2003 (Laurel Park)
  • runner-up for the 1979 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey

·        finalist for the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award given to the jockey whose career and personal character reflect positively on the sport in 2003, 2007 and 2008

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Mario Pino grabs 6,470th career victory; Saturday Selections at Laurel Park

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Mario Pino grabs 6,470th career victory; Saturday Selections at Laurel Park

Posted on 14 September 2012 by Gary Quill

The Mario Pino, push towards #10 on the all-time winningest jockey list continued this week, slowly but surely. In the nightcap (8th race) on Friday evening at Presque Isle Downs, Mario guided For the Effect to victory, recording his 6,470th career win to tie Earlie Fires for 10th.

On Saturday, Pino will attempt to grab sole possession of 10th place as he has five (5) mounts at Presque Isle Downs.

Recapping Laurel Park selections from Saturday, September 8th had 6 winners (1 Top Selection; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs being $5.40 (1st race), $6.00 (3rd), $6.00 (5th), $5.20 (6th), $6.20 (9th), and $9.40 (11th), as the rains came and turned the track sloppy for the final four (4) races on the card.

The BEST BET of the Day (2 1-0-0) cannot blame the sloppy track for the less than stellar showing by Adirondack King as the 3.40-1 3rd betting choice. He’s handled an off track in the past, but in here was wide, dropped back then rallied, only good enough for 4th, 3¼ lengths behind the winner.

The LONGSHOT PICK (2 0-0-0) got early support in the wagering, which usually is a good sign, but the trainer must have forgotten to tell his runner (Stone Maiden). She chased the odds on favorite and eventual winner through the first few panels, but was no match and tired to finish 6th.

For Saturday races the weather forecast calls Partly Cloudy skies, with just 20% chance of precipitation which should result in a FAST MAIN TRACK and FIRM TURF. Selections for the Laurel Park, Saturday, Sept. 15th posted below are after early scratches were announced.

Selections posted were handicapped based on making multi-race wagers such as DOUBLE’s, Pick-3’s and Pick-4’s using all three (3) listed for each race in each leg.

1st race – $16,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 7 furlongs
#3 – Aviation Show (8-5)
#7 – Pounce Into Spring (10-1)
#2 – Cu Soonerthanlater (5-1)

2nd race – $7,500 Starter Allowance for 3 y.o. and up – About 1 1/16 miles
#4 – Tappintovictory (9-5)
#3 – Albrecht (3-1)
#1 – Smiling Jordan (5-2)

3rd race – $7,500 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles on TURF
#4 – Unbridled Music (6-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PLAY $$$
#8 – Zurs (20-1)
#6– Zagarello (20-1)

4th race – $18,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs
#1/1A – See I A / Graysonia (2-1)
#4 – Access Love (4-1)
#5 – Bellissima Luna (5-2)

5th race – $25,000 Opt. Clm N2X for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½f on TURF
#10 – Magical Merry (5-1)
#4 – Officer’s Holiday (20-1)
#1 – High Cry (3-1)

6th race – $38,000 Maiden Special Weight for 2 y.o. – 6 furlongs
#4 – Heat Press (4-1) $$$ BEST BET $$$
#5 – Love’s Not Fair (5-1)
#2 – Lunar Rock (3-1)

7th race – $25,000 Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½f on TURF
#8 – Simple Exchange (7-5)
#4 – Lucky Holly (8-1)
#1 – Calliope (12-1)

8th race – $38,000 Maiden Special Weight for 2 y.o. – 6 furlongs
#8 – Perilous Indian (5-1)
#6 – Indian Bucks (3-1)
#7 – D C Dancer (5-2)

9th race – $25,000 Optional Claiming N2X for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 7f
#7 – Namaskara (7-2)
#1 – Brushed by Love (9-2)
#8 – Hurricane Girl (1-1)

10th race – $100,000 All Brandy Stakes for MD-bred fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/8 miles on TURF
#3 – Baltimore Belle (9-5)
#5 – Dream Louise (6-1)
#9 – Cross Mountain (20-1)

11th race – $38,000 Maiden Special Weight for 2 y.o. fillies – 1 1/16 miles on TURF
#3 – There Hearts (2-1)
#1 – Shirts and Shoes (8-1)
#2 – Being Frugal (10-1)

GOOD LUCK!

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Laurel Park Virtual Finish Line, Saturday Selections and Mario Pino close to being a “10”

Posted on 07 September 2012 by Gary Quill

For those who enjoy watching the races from lovely Laurel Park via HRTV or favorite online wagering website, you will see something new in the stretch to the Finish Line…. graphics. Much like the graphics you see during any football telecast that shows the first down yard marker and what down and yards to go, the Laurel Park simulcast feed to hundreds of outlets all over the globe will show a virtual Finish Line as well as distances to the wire during the stretch run.

The technology was developed by International Sound Corporation in conjunction with a third-party vendor. “It is similar to the first down marker in football but takes it one step further in the world of virtual advertising,” said International Sound executive vice-president Joe Gordon. “The advertising opportunities are unlimited. Having the ability to see your company’s logo during the race as the masses watch is better than running a commercial 15 minutes before the race. The tool is used in South America for soccer and is extremely successful.”

Mario Pino, was born on September 8, 1961, in West Grove, Pennsylvania. He won his first race on January 16, 1979, at the now defunct Bowie Race Course aboard Ed’s Desire. Over 33 years and 6,466 victories later, Pino sits at #11 on the all-time win list for thoroughbred jockeys in North America. A milestone he reached just 3 weeks ago when he won his 6,451st race aboard Came Acorkin at Presque Isle Downs (Erie, PA) on August 25th, surpassing Hall oF Fame rider, Sandy Hawley.

Being #11 is a nice, but the ultimate goal for Mario has been to be #10. That honor is currently held by Earlie Fires with 6,470 victories. Prior to Friday races, Pino sits just 4 career victories shy of #6471 to take his place as the 10th winningest jock of all-time. Having five (5) mounts on the Presque Isle Downs Friday evening card, he might get to #10 then, but what a 52nd birthday present it would be, if he could get win #6471 on Saturday, where he’ll have 8 tries to do it. Next stop for Mario… the Hall Of Fame!

UPDATED: On Friday evening Pino failed to get to the Winners’ Circle. So he remains 3 victories from tying (4 victories for sole possession) of 10th.

Throughout the Laurel Park Fall Meet, I’ll post full card selections only for Saturday race days. The weather forecast calls Partly Cloudy skies, which should result in a FAST MAIN TRACK and FIRM TURF.

Recapping Opening Day Laurel Park selections from Wednesday, September 5th had 7 winners (3 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs being $30.00 (1st race), $3.00 (2nd), $7.20 (4th), $10.00 (5th), $3.80 (7th), $4.20 (8th), and $12.00 (9th).

The BEST BET of the Day (1 1-0-0) got hammered at the betting windows early and often, opening up at 2-5 (down from 2-1 M/L), went off 4-5 favorite, and did not disappoint, winning by 2 lengths to return $3.80 to WIN $2.60 to PLACE and $2.60 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (1 0-0-0) did not get much love early in the betting but did go off 8-1, down from his 12-1 M/L, but was no factor. Usually eager to get the early lead, he failed to get it even against rivals void of early speed, which had me tearing up pari-mutuel tickets before the field turned for home in this 5 furlong event. It was a slow death as he stalked the leader then threw in the towel with a furlong to run, finishing an uneventful 6th.

Selections for the Laurel Park, Saturday, Sept. 8th card are posted below. Due to a prior committment, no updates after scratches will be made. Therefore, a couple Also-Eligibles (AE) are among my selections, along with a alternate pick in case the AE or 1 any other pick from that race gets scratched.

Selections posted were handicapped based on making multi-race wagers such as DOUBLE’s, Pick-3’s and Pick-4’s using all three (3) listed for each race in each leg.

1st race – $8,000 Maiden Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 6 furlongs
#4 – Malibu Fever (6-1)
#5 – Fancy Attitude (7-5)
#1/1A – Seekthe Wildlight / Yoshi’s Cat (8-5)

2nd race – $15,000 Claiming NW2L for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs
#2 – Medieval Cat (5-2)
#5 – Great Motion (3-1)
#3 – Marataya’s Tune (9-2)

3rd race – $16,000 Maiden Claiming for 2 y.o. – 6 furlongs
#4 – Broadruns Jewell (5-1)
#8 – Marry Me Do (5-2)
#3– Hero’s Notion (6-1)

4th race – $8,000 Maiden Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 1 mile
#8 – No Peeking (7-2)
#6 – Gold Lark (8-1)
#4 – Imsobold (6-1)

5th race – $25,000 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs on TURF
#4 – Fearsome (7-2)
#12 (AE) – Public Secret (9-2)
#6 – Gottalovethedrake (10-1)
#9 – Pursuit Of Honor (7-2) — if #12 – Public Secret does not get in off AE List

6th race – $5,000 Claiming NW2L for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 7 furlongs
#8 – Stone Maiden (8-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PLAY $$$
#7 – Let’s Get Lucky (2-1)
#6 – Tutu’s Angel (9-2)

7th race – $40,000 Optional Claiming N1X for 2 y.o. fillies – 5½ furlongs on TURF
#10 – Backyard Boogie (6-1)
#12 – My Crazy Livi (4-1)
#2 – Touring Hong Kong (6-1)

8th race – $15,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 1 mile
#6 – Outbacker (9-2)
#9 – Who Dat Boy (3-1)
#8 – Citizen Kat (2-1)

9th race – $32,000 Optional Claiming N3X for 3 y.o. and up – 6 furlongs
#7 – Adirondack King (6-1) $$$ BEST BET $$$
#3 – Regal Solo (3-1)
#4 – Streetsofbrooklyn (5-1)

10th race – $125,000 Japan Racing Assn. Stk 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles on TURF
#8 – Paris Vegas (12-1)
#5 – London Lane (10-1)
#4 – Tonto Fontenot (5-1)

11th race – $38,000 Maidens for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½f on TURF
#1 – Ladida (6-1)
#11 (AE) – Citi Point (4-1)
#4 – Fridays Gift (5-1)
#7 – Coco Punch (12-1) — if #11 – Citi Point does not get in off AE List

GOOD LUCK!

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Mario Pino wins No. 6450 tying for 11th winningest jockey of all-time; Saturday Selections at Timonium

Posted on 24 August 2012 by Gary Quill

UPDATE: Mario Pino rode his 6,450th last night at Presque Isle Downs, the last race of the night, to tie Sandy Hawley for 11th on the all-time jockey win list. Congrats Mario!

On Opening Day of the Timonium State Fair Meet there was a good mixture of Chalk City (i.e. favorites) and Bombs Away (i.e. longshots) winning, as trainer Dale Capuano saddled My Crazy Livi, the betting favorite in the opener who paid a paltry $4.00 to WIN while in the 5th race, there was a King T. Leatherbury sighting near the Winners Circle because his trainee, 28-1 longshot Closing Man, closed fast to score by a nose returning $58.80 to WIN, $18.40 to PLACE and $7.80 to SHOW.

Ellicott City resident, Mario Pino has ridden thoroughbreds in Maryland for 34 years. Approximately 2 weeks shy of his 52nd birthday, he is poised to become the 11th winningest jockey of all-time. On Thursday at Presque Isle Downs, he tallied career win number 6,449, just one shy of tying Sandy Hawley. On Friday evening (1st Post 5:30pm EDT) at the small, 5 year old Erie, Pennsylvania “racino”, Pino has is scheduled to have seven (7) changes/mounts to tie and possibly surpass Hawley to take his spot at #11 on a list of Hall Of Fame riders, with #10 (Earlie Fires) in his sights.

#1 – Russell Baze (11,679 and counting)
#2 – Laffit Pincay, Jr. (9,530)
#3 – William “Bill” Shoemaker (8,833)
#4 – Pay Day (8,803)
#5 – David Gall (7,396)
#6 – Chris McCarron (7,141)
#7 – Angel Cordero, Jr. (7,057)
#8 – Jorge Velasquez (6,795)
#9 – Edgar Prado (6,568 and counting)
#10 – Earlie Fires (6,470)

Best of Luck Mario on your quest for #6450, #6451 and beyond!
The Hall of Fame awaits you.

At Saratoga Springs, NY the NYRA is hosting their biggest day of horse racing with a 13 race card featuring the $1,000,000 G1 Travers Stakes as the main event. A field of 11 will go the classic distance of 1¼ miles. Absent are the big names from early 3 year old Derby Trail season, as many of those early stars (I’ll Have Another, Union Rags, Bodemeister and Paynter have been retired to stud due to health reasons. The 5-2 Morning Line favorite is Alpha, who won the G1 Jim Dandy over a sloppy Saratoga surface in gate to wire. Recall Alpha was the toast of New York racing leading up to the Kentucky Derby, where he had an Epic Fail, finishing 12th by 19¼ lengths.

Full analysis and Travers selection along with picks for Day 2 for the Maryland State Fair Meet at Timonium will be posted on Saturday morning.

Recapping Day 1 (Friday 25th) 9 race selections at the Timonium State Fair Meet… had 5 winners (1 Top Selection; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs being $4.00 (1st race), $4.20 (3rd), $7.80 (4th), $10.40 (6th) and $34.20 (8th).

Best Bet Houston Bull (# 1; 6th race; 4-1) got a patient ride from jockey Abel Castellano, Jr. as he stalked the 4-5 speedball betting choice, who from his past performances showed he barely could last going 6 furlongs, yet today they traveled 6½! So has the favorite got leg weary entering the short stretch, Houston Bull drove through along the rail to win by a couple lengths returning $10.40 to WIN, $5.20 to PLACE and $2.40 to SHOW.
Best Bet pick scorecard from 1 selection at Timonium: 1 WIN – 0 PLACE – 0 SHOW.

Longshot Issues And Answers (# 6; 7th race; 6-1) took his lagging toward the back of the pack early, attempted to make a late run but ran out of real estate, only good enough for 4th.
Longshot pick scorecard from 1 selection at Timonium: 0 WIN – 0 PLACE – 0 SHOW

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $20 on Nucky Thompson (#6; 4th race; 2-1) killed the parlay by failing to get the lead, got disinterested at that point in the 4 furlong sprint and his jock just packed it in while still 3rd in mid-stretch, allowed a rival to beat him for SHOW purse money. So with $20 down the drain, we’ll dip into the reserve to see if we can get one in the money on Day 2.

For the Timonium State Fair Meet, Day 2 (Saturday, August 26th) only a small chance of showers, so the track should be FAST…

1st race – $5,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles
#1 – Tigger Too (8-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$
#6 – Katzimo (5-2)
#4 – Crown Court (2-1)

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#1 – Zalady (9-2)
#3 – Just Christina (8-5)
#6 – Subira (2-1)

3rd race – $16,000 Maiden Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#3 – Flat Out Foxy (2-1)
#2 – Scipion’s Girl (6-1)
#6 – Printasticat (9-5)

4th race – $10,000 Claiming fro 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#3 – Chac Mool (9-5)
#1 – A Fleet Spirit (5-2)
#6 – Malicious (3-1)

5th race – $5,000 Claiming N3L for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#7 – Kalahari Queen (2-1) $$$ BEST BET $$$
#2 – Joy Train (9-5)
#3 – So Best (30-1)

6th race – $25,000 Maidens for 3 y.o. – 4 furlongs
#1 – Love In The Rain (4-1)
#6 – Bomb Dust (5-1)
#5 – Don’t Scip a Check (8-1)

7th race – $5,000 Claiming NW2L for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles
#5 – Tropical Jetset (5-2)
#7 – Little Piasano (7-5)
#2 – Awesome Caroline (3-1)

8th race – $5,000 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#6 – Austin Brown (4-1)
#3 – High Gross (5-2)
#8 – Hong Kong Harry (20-1)

9th race – $27,000 Allowance N1X – 1 mile
#1/1A – Uncle Todd / Easton Jack (2-1)
#2 – Mcnair And Adger (9-2)
#4 – Warrensburg (9-5)

10th race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for 2 y.o. fillies – 4 furlongs
#3 – Jen’s Bright Candl (4-1)
#2 – Sunny Spark (4-1)
#4 – It’s Closing Time (3-1)

SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $20 ($20 bankroll – $20 wager + $0 return)

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $20 on #1/1A entry Uncle Todd and Easton Jack (9th race; 2-1) because in my handicapping book, they are the best two in the race, as far as class. So if both can hit the board, the SHOW payoff will be a bit more of a return since only two betting interests get paid out of the SHOW pool.

Looks like Day 2 will get in all 10 races any rain hits the State Fair, so enjoy the exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer. Good Luck!

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