Horse Racing

One more year

Jockey Barrington McLarty says he will soon be ready to call time on his career

Observer staff reporter

Friday, September 08, 2017

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Jockey Barrington McLarty, who returned to competitive riding at Caymanas Park last Saturday after a five-year absence, confirmed that he is giving racing fans one more year in the saddle before he calls it quits.

McLarty, 55, who has ridden over 40 winners locally, last entered the winners' enclosure at Caymanas Park in 2002 when he guided the Fernando Geddes-trained Piece A Foot to victory.

“I just feel like I want to give it a last try in the saddle. I am going to ride here at Caymanas Park for the rest of the season and, if I feel better within myself, then maybe I will ride for some parts of next year — but this will be my last run in the saddle. I still have my weight and I know that I still can win some races. I just want the support from everyone,” McLarty told t he Supreme Racing Guide.

McLarty, who has been riding for 39 years, received a rousing welcome from racing fans when he entered the racetrack aboard Wicked Tuff in the day's fourth race. Wicked Tuff, trained by Geddes, eventually finished in 10th position.

“[Fernando] Geddes has given me tremendous support over the years and I must thank him for this ride, and hope that I will continue to get the mounts. It is very nice to be back in the saddle at the Park after so many years, and the fans really appreciated me. They still remember and love me,” McLarty said

Although he didn't ride any winners on the international scene, McLarty said that the experience away from home really helped in his development as a jockey.

“I started at the Park in 1978 as an apprentice rider before I got my jockey's licence in 1980. I went to Miami in 1983 and came back to the Park in 1986. In those first three years, I rode at racetracks such as Gulfstream and Tampa Bay Downs, just to name a few.

“I didn't win any races, but I ran a couple of seconds and thirds there though. I then went back overseas again, and what I can say is that I have learnt a thing or two about riding in terms of different styles and thing. The experience overseas is invaluable to anyone's development, as you will learn different things and it can only help,” he said.

McLarty said that he has no regrets about venturing into the racing industry, as he was given the opportunity to show his talent to the world and he believes he did well.

“I was coming to the track from I was going to school and over the years I got to like the sport. My grandfather was a jockey and so I decided that I was going to follow in his footsteps by venturing into the business.

“From White Cargo, my first winner here, to Piece A Foot, my last winner to date, I would say that I had a successful career and one that I must give thanks for. Geddes has supported me well. I was around Lynford Hue and my apprentice master Oswald Lee, and I have picked up quite a lot from these gentlemen.

“So, all in all, I would say my career has been a good one and I have no regrets taking up this profession. Everything happens for a reason and I am grateful for everything that has happened to me,” McLarty ended.




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