04/12/2013 11:48AM

Pimlico: Top apprentice McCarthy sidelined following spill

Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Apprentice rider Trevor McCarthy, shown after winning four races on Jan. 1, will be out of action for eight to 10 weeks with a broken leg.

Trevor McCarthy, the 18-year-old who ranks first among apprentice jockeys in North America in 2013, will be sidelined for eight to 10 weeks with a broken left tibia sustained in a training accident Thursday at Laurel Park.

McCarthy is scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday, according to his agent, Scott Silver. Silver said McCarthy, son of former Mid-Atlantic star rider Mike McCarthy, was injured when a horse he was working wheeled and dropped the rider to the ground.

“It really wasn’t a bad fall,” Silver said. “It was the way he landed.”

McCarthy, who finished second in the recently completed Laurel winter meet, won six races during the opening week of the Pimlico spring meet, including a riding triple last Thursday. He ranks 12th among all riders in North America with 69 victories.

“The timing isn’t great because we had our sights on the Eclipse Award,” Silver said. “But the doctors are telling us it should be a quick healing process. Hopefully he’ll be back on horses in six weeks.”