Pino picks up pace, on track to win No. 6,000

Horse Racing

November 01, 2007|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Sun reporter

After finishing second twice by a half-length, jockey Mario Pino, 46, won twice at Laurel Park yesterday to move within two of 6,000 career wins.

"Since Hard Spun finished second in the Breeders' Cup [Classic], I'd had [four] seconds until these last two," Pino said. "A half-length and a nose, really in those first two today. I could have done it today. I want to do it here."

More than 80 percent of Pino's 5,998 wins - 4,826 - have come at Maryland tracks, including the first one at Bowie Race Course in January 1979.

Today, he is named to ride two horses, Dreamofthevalley in the seventh race and Could Be You in the eighth. He could gain additional mounts, according to his agent, Bill Castle.

Yesterday, Pino's first win came on Beauchamp Place, trained by Larry Jones, who also trained Pino's Kentucky Derby horse, Hard Spun. The second came on Impossible Tune.

In other news:

Trainer Katy Voss said she has booked one of her mares, Moonshine Run, to Hard Spun. Hearing the news, Pino, Hard Spun's jockey for all but one of his career races, said, "He's such a wonderful horse, I hope he gets the last laugh [on Curlin and Street Sense] in the breeding shed." ...

Anna Napravnik returned to racing for the first time since July 6, when she suffered a broken left wrist and broken right finger. She had one second-place finish.

Apprentice Marion Cornwell won his first race in the last race of the day on Banana Pancakes.

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