Amino graduates with impressive late run
From a Maryland Jockey Club release
Wertheimer and Frere juvenile homebred Amino, making his second career start and first on conventional dirt, wore down favored front-runner Mind the Gap for a maiden victory Sunday at Laurel Park that continued Trevor McCarthy’s resurgent return to the Maryland jockey colony.
By Pioneerof the Nile out of the Pulpit mare Glycine, Graham Motion-trained Amino ($26) ran about 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.55 over a fast main track to win the $40,000 maiden special weight for 2-year-olds by 1 ¼ lengths. Mind the Gap was second, 2 ¾ lengths ahead of Outofthepark.
The final time was faster than 3-year-old filly Thesweetesttaboo ran in winning the day’s featured event, a $42,000 entry-level optional claiming allowance for females 3 and up that went the same distance in 1:44.62.
It was the second straight win on the day and fifth in two days for McCarthy, 24, Maryland’s leading rider in 2014 and 2016 who is back riding full-time on the circuit after moving his tack to New York last winter. He leads Laurel’s fall meet with 31 victories and more than $1.2 million in purses, including wins in the James F. Lewis III, Safely Kept and Smart Halo Nov. 10.
“I’m very happy to be here. It’s nice when you’re at a place and people are happy to see you and they give you opportunities and they give you nice horses to ride,” McCarthy said. “It’s just a combination between good attitude, confidence and trainers having confidence in you, as well. My agent, Scotty [Silver], we teamed up again and everything’s going smooth. A little bit of hard work and everything’s coming together. I’m really happy to be back. It seems like it’s a better atmosphere for me here.”
McCarthy settled Amino in third along the rail as Mind the Gap was quickest from the gate and in front through fractions of 24.84 seconds, 45.36 and 1:13.85. Mind the Gap was still in command by two lengths straightening for home but Amino, tipped outside on the far turn, made a steady drive down the middle of the track to reel in the leader and surge past near the wire.
“He’s a nice horse. Graham told me to just kind of get him away good and put him where he’s comfortable. We got a great inside trip and we were able to angle out and it seemed like he did everything right,” McCarthy said. “I was happy with him. It seems like he beat a decent horse, so I was proud of him. Graham was pretty excited with how he ran. I think he’s a pretty nice, class horse; very straightforward to ride. Hopefully he’s got a bright future.”