04/04/2006 11:00PM

Laurel track report


Mike McCarthy, the former dominant rider at Delaware Park, is quietly making an impact as a ship-in trainer at Laurel Park.

McCarthy, who began training in 2003, is 4 for 11 with an $8.58 return on investment on his Laurel runners after winning with Quick Book ($10.20) last Wednesday.

Quick Book, a 4-year-old colt, was making his first start for McCarthy after previously being trained by Steve Klesaris. The horse had been running above his eligibility conditions in nonwinners-of-three allowance company at Charles Town and took a substantial drop into the $25,000 nonwinners-of-two claiming ranks at Laurel.

* Fans of jockey Ryan Fogelsonger who had enough faith to use his horses in all three legs of the final pick three on last Thursday's card were rewarded with $376.80 for a $2 ticket. He brought home repeat winner Johnny Ola ($18.80), good-form allowance sprinter Gold Cluster ($10.20), and first-time turf runner Sir Classic Chris ($9.80) in races 6-8.

* Abel Castellano Jr. rode at Laurel for the last time on Sunday before relocating to Florida in preparation for the upcoming meet at Calder.

Castellano, 22, has been a regular in Maryland since the spring of 2003. He was the leading rider at Laurel that fall with 64 wins and led all Maryland jockeys with 11 stakes wins in 2004.

He missed more than two months last year after breaking three bones in his back in a spill at Laurel and is tied for 16th in the Laurel standings with 10 winners in 100 mounts.