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Mario G. Pino

Mario G. Pino
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Occupation Jockey
Birthplace Wilmington, Delaware
Birth date September 8, 1961
Career wins 6,237 (through 2009)
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins
Barbara Fritchie Handicap (3 times)
First Flight Handicap (1984)
Maryland Million Classic (1995)
Whirlaway Stakes (2002)
Busher Stakes (2003)
Dearly Precious Stakes (2004, 2008)
Obeah Stakes (2004)
Victory Ride Stakes (2006)
Prioress Breeders' Cup Stakes (2006)
Lane's End Stakes (2007)
Miracle Wood Stakes (2006 & 2007)
Lecomte Stakes (2007)
Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (2007)
King's Bishop Stakes (2007)
Kentucky Cup Classic Stakes (2007)
Significant horses
Sweetnorthernsaint, Hard Spun

Mario G. Pino (born September 8, 1961 in Wilmington, Delaware) is a jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing. Raised on a farm, he began his riding career in 1978 at Delaware Park in Wilmington. Over the years he has chosen to be based at race tracks close to home and family and has won a number of riding titles at venues in the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia areas.

On November 7, 2007, Mario Pino, who rode his first winner on January 16, 1979 at Bowie Race Track in Bowie, Maryland, became the 15th jockey in North American racing history to achieve 6,000 career wins when he rode Pass Play to victory at Laurel Park Racecourse.

On July 7, 2002, Mario Pino won seven races on a single day at Colonial Downs in New Kent, Virginia and on October 25, 2003 had a six-win day at Laurel Park Racecourse in Laurel, Maryland. He has twice ridden in the Preakness Stakes, finishing off the board both times. For 2007, was his breakout year as he has been the jockey aboard the well-thought-of three-year-old colt Hard Spun. In his debut in the Kentucky Derby on May 5, 2007, Pino rode the colt to a second-place finish and then was third in the Preakness Stakes. After winning the King's Bishop Stakes and the Kentucky Cup Classic Stakes, in the Breeders' Cup Classic, Pino rode Hard Spun to a second-place finish.



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