Veteran trainer Kieron Magee and 5-pound junior jockey Axel Concepcion won their respective competition titles as Laurel Park wrapped up its spring competition on Sunday.
Magee, 62, entered the eight-race program, the day ending without a starter, but leading Jamie Ness 11-8 in the coach standings. Hugh McMahon won twice on Sunday to overtake Ness in second, while Brittany Russell was fourth with seven wins.
“It feels great because I only have 25 horses left. Magee says: “To hit the trainer title with 25 horses, that takes a number of things. “I lost a lot of them, but they won on the way out. Everyone is declared, won. I was overjoyed to win it with so few starts. To have a high percentage is great.
A native of Ireland who worked as a fitness coach for trainer Dale Capuano who recently retired after arriving in the US, Magee led all Maryland coaches to win from 2014-2016 and now owns or share a total of 10 titles at Laurel and Pimlico Racecourse. It was his first meeting title since Pimlico’s 2018 Spring Split.
Concepcion, who turned 18 on March 16, entered Sunday with 12 wins, one game behind co-leaders Jevian Toledo and Jeiron Barbosa. Concepcion won the opening match in I Have Courage to draw three sides before riding the Fancee Grace C to win the fifth race to claim its first equestrian title.
A native of Puerto Rico, where he won 21 races after attending the Escuela Vocacional Hipica and turning pro on January 1, Concepcion won nine of the 16 race days in the event. Doubles on April 1, 13, 14 and 29 before Sunday.
Represented by agent Tom Stift, Concepcion debuted in Maryland on February 24 and picked its first winner, Shinelikeadiamond, the next day at Laurel in its fifth U.S. ride.
“I have a lot of confidence in my work and the work Tom does for me. I have no pressure. The victories are coming and thank God for two victories today,” Concepcion said. “I ride all my horses with confidence. Thanks to all the owners and coaches who helped me. In the morning, I worked very hard for this, the first meeting that I won. I’m so grateful. Thank you everyone for giving me the chance. I am ready for Pimlico.”
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