Catcher, who made local and national headlines earlier this year after
escaping from the Laurel Park backside and taking a 1.6 mile journey,
won his first race in nearly two years with an impressive performance in
Friday’s 8th race, a $40,000 allowance.
January 11, the Jerry Robb trainee tossed jockey Jeremy Rose while
heading back to the barn after a half-mile work and got loose. He made
his way out of the stable gate, made a left on Whiskey Bottom Road and
another left onto U.S. Route 1 before being caught, un-injured. Jockey
Abel Castellano captured part of the journey on his mobile phone, which
enabled the story to go viral.
rode the 4-year-old gelding for the second consecutive time this
afternoon. Bullet Catcher broke alertly then tracked the pace to the
sixteenth marker before he surged ahead to win by 2-1/2 lengths in
1:04.71 for the 5-1/2 furlong distance.
main concern was to get him to relax and he did that. When I asked he
responded,” Castellano said. “I am very happy to be able to win with
him. We got our 15 minutes of fame two months ago and I am glad the
connections thought enough of me to let me ride. He tries so hard and it
was good to see him win.”
Bullet Catcher was sent off as the crowd favorite and paid $5.20.
The replay of the race can be found here: http://youtu.be/obCyGQ_zoQ8
son of Strong Hope is now 2-of-11 lifetime with eight in the money
finishes. His maiden score occurred in his debut on May 11, 2011 at
Pimlico Race Course.
McCARRON GRADUATE STRANDBERG WINS FIRST RACE
Strandberg cracked the winners’ circle at Laurel Park for the first
time in her career, guiding Light Of Truth to victory in today’s opener.
Strandberg sent the Stephen Casey trained runner to the lead from their rail post in the two turn, 1-1/16th
mile test for $5,000 claimers, disputed the pace with Moonlight Gin to
the far turn before falling back to third, then came on again in the
stretch to win going away. The son of Birdstone completed the distance
in 1:50.29 and paid $5.80 as the second choice in the wagering.
Strandberg is a recent graduate of the Chris McCarron’s North American Racing Academy (NARA) in Lexington, KY. It was the 13th mount for the 22-year-old native of Danville, Washington.
am happy and am ready for more wins,” Strandberg said. “Horses have
been part of my life forever. I was in college (Central Washington
University) and it wasn’t going anywhere. We had to write a paper on our
career choice and I decided right then to drop out of college and find a
first professional jockey school in the United States, NARA teaches
students the fundamentals of professional race riding and horse care
with courses in nutrition, finance, communication, rules of racing and
technology. Founded in 2006, its graduates have won more than 1,800
is fearless,” said McCarron, who ranks sixth on the all-time win list
with 7,141 career victories. “She was barrel racing all her life, so she
loves speed and has great balance. She learned a technique that I teach
as far as a way I got horses to run quicker than any person in her
is one of two NARA graduates in the Maryland riding colony. Kristina
McManigell ranks eighth in the rider standings with 17 victories from 93
mounts. The 24-year-old, who is in her fourth year as a professional
rider, took Friday’s second race aboard No Conflict.
she was at my school, she was always one of the first to show up and
would never leave the barn until everything was done,” added McCarron.
“I am really proud of her. She took a really nasty spill at Parx a year
ago where she broke some bones in her neck but she couldn’t wait to get
back in the saddle. She has the gumption
and the athletic ability. Kristina is very intelligent, who listens and
retains information very easily. She has the whole package.”
McCarron was at Laurel Park last week (March 13-14-15), in part to visit with his pupils.