Jockey Mario Pino moved ahead of Hall of Famer Eddie Delahoussaye for 13th on the all-time win list when he guided 13-1 shot Torcello to victory in the second race at Laurel Park in Maryland Nov. 17. The 50-year-old Pino now has 6,385 wins.
Pino’s next goal is to land in the top 10 before retiring. He is 86 wins away from passing Earlie Fires but must get by Larry Snyder (6,388 wins) and Sandy Hawley (6,450) before he reaches Fires (6,470).
“It seems like every rider I pass is in the Hall of Fame,” Pino said. “This game is up and down, but I have been fortunate to ride for all the top trainers around here throughout the years.”
Pino ranked in the top five in the Maryland rider standings every year from 1979-2003. The Maryland resident won his first race aboard Ed’s Desire Jan. 16, 1979, at Bowie Race Course.