08/17/2016 1:38PM

McCarron will receive Laffit Pincay Jr. Award on Sunday

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Chris McCarron will be honored with the Laffit Pincay Jr. Award for distinguished service to racing in a ceremony Sunday at Del Mar.

Retired Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron will be honored with the Laffit Pincay Jr. Award for distinguished service to racing in a ceremony Sunday at Del Mar.

The award is presented annually to a person who serves the sport with integrity, dedication, and distinction. Retired Hall of Fame jockey Pincay is scheduled to present the award.

McCarron, 61, won 7,141 races. He retired in 2002, and currently operates the North American Racing Academy for jockeys in Kentucky. McCarron and Pincay rode against each other for much of their careers.

“He was so smart and so competitive,” Pincay said in a recent statement released by Del Mar. “When you rode against him, you knew you had to be at your very best. He made me and all the other jockeys he rode against better riders.

“But away from the track he was, and still is, a special friend; someone you could count on every day of the week.”

McCarron and Pincay are scheduled to appear at a charity luncheon benefiting the Winners Foundation in Del Mar’s Directors Room on Sunday. Tickets and further information can be acquired by calling the Winners Foundation at (626) 574-6498.

The Winners Foundation assists people in California racing with substance-abuse issues.

McCarron and Pincay will sign autographs from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday at the track.

The Pincay Award was presented for the first time in 2004 to racing publicist Bob Benoit. In recent years, the award has been presented to California owner and breeder John Harris, retired Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, trainer Art Sherman, and jockey Victor Espinoza.

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realgooddogtoo 9 months ago
I know Chis from the time he started at Bowie race track in Maryland with Otis . He always acted and treated with class and respect to everyone trainers, grooms , hot walkers and his success never went  to his head. Great guy always around.