01/01/2010 1:00AM

Riding academy has first title winner

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Ben Creed became the first graduate of the North American Riding Academy to lead a race meet in victories when the 26-year-old apprentice ended the holiday meet Thursday at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., with 25 winners.

The riding academy is run by Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron in Lexington, Ky., and Creed was among the second graduating class in May 2009.

"I'm incredibly proud of him," said McCarron.