ROUNDUP: MORE TALENT IN THIS STABLE; MCCARRON PICKS UP PINCAY'S LIMELIGHT.Byline: Kevin Modesti Staff Writer
Chris McCarron Christopher John "Chris" McCarron (b. March 27 1955, Boston, Massachusetts) is an American thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame retired jockey.
He was introduced to the sport of thoroughbred racing by his older brother, jockey Gregg McCarron. demonstrated Sunday that Laffit Pincay isn't the only Hall of Famer who's still riding high at Hollywood Park Hollywood Park may be several places:
McCarron, astride a·stride
1. With a leg on each side: riding astride.
2. With the legs wide apart.
1. On or over and with a leg on each side of.
2. General Challenge for the first time, urged the Santa Anita Derby The Santa Anita Derby is an American Grade 1 thoroughbred horse race for three-year-olds run each April at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California and carries a purse of $750,000. and Pacific Classic winner to a neck victory over determined Moore's Flat in the $100,000 Native Diver Handicap to complete a three-win afternoon for the jockey.
The negative was that heavily favored General Challenge ($3) needed the length of the stretch to get by a horse whose only stakes victory came at Fairplex Park.
The positive, as far as trainer Bob Baffert Bob Baffert (born January 13, 1953 in Nogales, Arizona) is an American horse owner and trainer. He graduated from the University of Arizona's Racetrack Management Program with a Bachelor of Science degree. was concerned, was McCarron, named to replace David Flores Flores, town, Guatemala
Flores (flōrəs), town (1990 est. pop. 2,200), capital of Petén department, N Guatemala. Flores was built on an island in the southern part of Lake Petén Itzá and on the site of the after Golden Eagle Farm-owned General Challenge ran a laggardly 10th in the Breeders' Cup Classic The Breeders' Cup Classic is a Grade 1 Weight for Age thoroughbred horse race for 3 years old and older run at a distance of 1¼ miles (2012 m) on dirt. It is held annually at a different racetrack in the United States or Canada as part of the Breeders' Cup. at Gulfstream Park Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino is a racetrack and county-approved racino in Hallandale Beach, Florida, in the United States. During its annual meet, which spans January through March, it is one of the most important venues for horse racing in America. to lose any chance for Horse of the Year.
``In the stretch it looked like he wasn't going to pass (Moore's Flat),'' Baffert said. ``But when Chris hit him left-handed, I think that got his attention.
``He's got a ferocious left-handed whip.''
This marked the first time since his maiden victory 12 months ago that 3-year-old General Challenge won a photo finish. He was edged by Cat Thief in the Swaps Stakes and Budroyale in the Goodwood. He won the Santa Anita Derby by 3-1/2 lengths and the Pacific Classic by three.
McCarron had thought he was going to ride General Challenge in the Santa Anita Derby before Baffert abruptly switched back to Gary Stevens. Apparently, McCarron got the mount Sunday in part to make up for that disappointment.
Baffert stopped short of saying the jockey change made a difference Sunday.
``It was a fight,'' McCarron, 44, said of the victory, accomplished in a slow time of 1:49.07 for 1-1/8 miles.
General Challenge carried a race-high 123 pounds, Moore's Flat 117. Koslanin finished third in the six-horse field.
Baffert said General Challenge would race next at Santa Anita in the Jan. 15 San Fernando Stakes for 4-year-olds. He plans to send General Challenge out of state - where the colt has run badly in three tries - ``when the time is right.''
And counting: Knowing Pincay, he won't let down now that he's the winningest jockey of all time.
Though winless Sunday, and 1 for 11 since the record-breaking victory aboard Irish Nip on Friday, Pincay will go into the Hollywood Park meet's final week only one behind Pat Valenzuela at the top of the standings.
Valenzuela broke a tie by winning Sunday's opener with Innovative.
Pincay, 52, hasn't had a riding title since the 1991 Hollywood summer season. Bill Shoemaker's last title came at the 1975 Oak Tree meet, when he was 44.
``I'm going to go for it,'' Pincay said of the title. ``It's on my mind. I'm a fighter.''
He also has his mind on 9,000. Pincay's victory Saturday aboard Minor Details was No. 8,835.
Notes: California's Big Jag finished third to Fairy King Prawn in the $680,000 Hong Kong Sprint The Hong Kong Sprint is a Group 1 flat horse race in Hong Kong for three-year-old and above thoroughbreds at Sha Tin Racecourse in mid December. It was first run in 1999 and is one of the four Hong Kong International Races. It attained Group 1 status in 2002. at Sha Tin Race Course Sunday. Other winners on the big international card: Jim and Tonic Jim And Tonic (foaled 1994 in Normandy) is a French Hall of Fame Thoroughbred racehorse and the richest racehorse in the history of horse racing in France.
Bred at Francois and Elizabeth Doumen's Haras d'Ecouves horse breeding farm in Alencon, Jim and Tonic was sired by in the $1.3 million Hong Kong Cup The Hong Kong Cup is a Group 1 flat horse race in Hong Kong for three-year-old and above thoroughbreds run over a distance of 2,000 metres (approximately 1 mile 2 furlongs) at Sha Tin Racecourse in mid December. , Docksider in the $900,000 Mile (with California's Self Feeder seventh) and Borgia in the $900,000 Vase. . . . The winner in the contest challenging fans to predict the day and race in which Laffit Pincay set the record turned out to be Ina Sue Shulman, wife of trainer Sandy Shulman. She was presented Sunday with a $17,668 check, $8,834 doubled because she was at the track Friday. Six entrants picked the correct race but Shulman won because she submitted her entry earliest, on Nov. 11. . . . Pincay, whose record chase has helped Hollywood Park to improve its on-site attendance by nearly 6 percent over the 1998 autumn meet, is scheduled to sign posters from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday.
PHOTO Laffit Pincay hoists a trophy Friday after winning his 8,834th race, breaking Bill Shoemaker's 29-year-old standard for jockeys.
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