King Leatherbury tied and passed Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg for fourth on the all-time win list with a pair of victories Saturday at Laurel Park.
Leatherbury got win No. 6,417 when Toni With an I ($11.20) emerged victorious in the fourth. Three races later, Princess Appeal ($7.60) got up in the final jumps to allow the 80-year-old conditioner to move into sole possession of the spot with career victory No. 6,418. Apprentice Trevor McCarthy rode both winners.
"It is great," Leatherbury said. "The wins added up over the years. We have only had the one division the entire time, which makes it even more remarkable."
Only the late Dale Baird (9,445), Steve Asmussen (6,644) and Jerry Hollendorfer (6,569) have more career victories. Scott Lake ranks sixth, nearly 1,000 (5,424) behind Leatherbury and Van Berg.
In the mid-1970s, Leatherbury had four consecutive 300-win campaigns and was the nation's leading conditioner in 1977 and 1978. He finished in the top three for six straight years (1975 to 1980).
Around the track
Trevor McCarthy, 19, was honored at Laurel for being the leading rider at the major Maryland tracks last year.
McCarthy finished 2013 with 107 victories at Laurel and Pimlico Race Course. He ranked 12th in the nation with 69 wins in early April when he broke his left tibiaduring training at Laurel and missed five months, ruining his chance for the Eclipse Award. He finished fourth among apprentice riders in victories (140), was third in earnings ($3,653,365) and narrowly missed being a finalist.
"I had a fantastic year. It's a shame I broke my leg back in April," McCarthy said. "I just want to thank the trainers and owners, my agent Scotty [Scott Silver], my family and friends for all the help they've given me."
Trainer Hugh McMahon was also honored by the Maryland Jockey Club before Saturday's sixth race. The 45-year-old captured the 2013 Laurel winter and fall titles and totaled 74 winners at the major Maryland tracks during the year.
"You got to give recognition to everyone," McMahon said. "There are a lot of people involved from owners to good help in the barn and assistants." The barn is called God's Glory Alone, that's what we do it for."
•Laurel will have live racing Monday. First post for the 9-race card is 12:35 p.m.
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