Victor Carrasco

LAUREL, MD. 01-04-14---Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables LLC, Elkstone Group & David A. Ross┬┐ Firenze Feeling saved ground to the far turn, angled outside and caught the frontrunner and then drew away to win the $100,000 Nellie Morse Stakes, the third of four stakes races at Laurel Park today. Victor Carrasco was the winning jockey.Photo by Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club (Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club / Baltimore Sun / January 4, 2014)

Victor Carrasco became the 10th Maryland-based rider to earn the Eclipse Award for outstanding apprentice Saturday night.

He received 172 first-place votes. Edgard Zayas was second with 18, followed by the third finalist, Manuel Franco, with 13.

The 21-year-old ended the year as the leading apprentice in North America in both wins (215) and earnings ($4,357,715). From Nov. 13 through Dec. 31, he rode at least one winner in 24 of the 28 live racing days at Laurel Park, including 16 multiple-win afternoons.

The previous Maryland-based apprentice riders to win the award were Chris McCarron (1974), Ronnie Franklin (1978), Alberto Delgado (1982), Allen Stacy (1986), Kent Desormeaux (1987), Mike Luzzi (1989), Mark Johnston (1990), Jeremy Rose (2001) and Ryan Fogelsonger (2002).

WINNERS

Two-Year-Old Male: Shared Belief

Two-Year-Old Filly: She's a Tiger

Three-Year-Old Male: Will Takes Charge

Three-Year-Old Filly: Beholder

Older Male: Wise Dan (6)

Older Female: Royal Delta (5)

Male Sprinter: Points Offthebench (4)

Female Sprinter: Groupie Doll (5)

Male Turf Horse: Wise Dan (6)

Female Turf Horse: Dank (GB) (4)

Steeplechase Horse: Divine Fortune (10)

Horse of the Year: Wise Dan (6)

Owner: Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey

Breeder: Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Apprentice Jockey: Victor Carrasco

Note: Horse ages in parentheses where applicable; country codes indicate a foreign breeding designation