02/16/2013 5:15PM

Laurel: Concealed Identity survives foul claim to win Campbell Handicap

Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Concealed Identity provides apprentice Trevor McCarthy with his first career stakes victory in the John Campbell Handicap.

Apprentice jockey Trevor McCarthy, son of former rider Michael McCarthy, won his first career stakes race Saturday when he guided Concealed Identity to a three-quarter length victory in the $104,250 John B. Campbell Handicap at Laurel.

 Concealed Identity and McCarthy had to withstand a claim of foul from Junior Alvarado, the rider of third-place finisher Norman Asbjornson, who got sandwiched between Concealed Identity and second-place finisher Service for Ten inside the sixteenth pole.

 The stewards held Julian Pimentel, the rider of Service for Ten at fault for the incident, disqualifying Service for Ten from second and placing him third while moving Norman Asbjornson from third up to second. 

 The win for Concealed Identity was his first since he took the Find Handicap on turf in November 2011. His last win on dirt came in the 2011 Federico Tesio, a race that prompted his connections to run in the Preakness, where he finished 10th behind Shackleford.

 Saturday, Concealed Identity was last down the backside as Peasant made an early move to take the lead from Service for Ten, who had gotten away with a slow early pace.

 Service for Ten reclaimed the lead entering the far turn and Concealed Identity made a three-wide move to gain on equal terms outside of Service for Ten in the stretch.

 Norman Asbjornson, who saved ground under Alvarado, came off the rail in midstretch but got shut off inside the sixteenth pole when Service for Ten came out under left-handed whip. Norman Asbjornson bounced off both horses.

 McCarthy was confident he was not part of the problem.

 “I didn’t think it was me. I kept pretty much on that tire track the whole way,” said McCarthy, who won three races on the card. “[Pimentel] was hitting left handed and started drifting out. I knew I was in the clear.”

 Concealed Identity, a 5-year-old gelding by Smarty Jones owned by Morris Bailey and Linda Gaudet and trained by Gaudet, covered the 1 1/8 miles over a muddy track in 1:52.29 and returned $17.