Jockey Trevor McCarthy’s decision to return to riding in New York after a stint in Southern California is paying big dividends. He posted eight wins including a stakes race last week to earn Jockey of the Week for January 18 through January 23. The honor, which is voted on by a panel of racing experts, is for jockeys who are members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 1050 active, retired and permanently disabled jockeys in the United States.
With a day of racing cancelled because of frigid temperatures, McCarthy made the most of the shortened week of racing at Aqueduct. He began the race week winning with three of his five mounts on Thursday. With Friday’s races cancelled, McCarthy continued his winning ways Saturday posting four straight wins.
Riding for trainer Tom Albertrani, McCarthy was aboard Sterling Silver for the second time in the Franklin Square Stakes for New York-bred three-year-old fillies. Leaving from post two in the field of nine, Sterling Silver and McCarthy settled off the pace in fifth as Sandy’s Garden and Jose Ortiz led the way. Approaching the quarter pole, McCarthy angled his mount out from the rail and ran down the leader to win by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:16.28 for the 6-1/2 furlong test.
“First time out she was really green and lugged in a bit,” McCarthy said to NYRA publicity. “She got a really nice trip today. The rail has been really good and we were able to sit on that for most of the way. A huge credit to Tommy (trainer Albertrani) and all his employees, they’ve done a good job.”
The win marked the second time in the last three cards McCarthy has won four races. He added a win on Sunday to finish the week. “It’s probably my best run ever, I mean it’s pretty crazy,” said McCarthy who has ridden 1,668 winners since beginning his career in 2011. A multiple graded stakes winning jockey, McCarthy is the son of retired jockey Mike McCarthy and is married to jockey Katie Davis. The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Riley in December.
McCarthy’s statistics for the week were 19-8-0-2 with total purse earnings of $287,970. He is currently in second place in the Aqueduct standings tied with Kendrick Carmouche each with 26 wins.
McCarthy out polled Junior Alvarado with two stakes wins at Gulfstream Park, Samy Camacho who led all jockeys in wins with nine, James Graham who won the Gr. III Lecomte at Fair Grounds and Joel Rosario who won two stakes races at Fair Grounds.