Ken McCarthy, longtime assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, was all smiles Feb. 16 at Gulfstream Park after Blamed registered a commanding victory in the $150,000 Royal Delta Stakes (G3), a race for fillies and mares named for the three-time Eclipse Award champion and 2019 Hall of Fame finalist trained by Mott.
With Mott at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots to saddle Country House in Saturday’s Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford (G2), McCarthy not only saddled Blamed but also assisted in presenting the trophy to owner Cleber Massey.
“It’s one of those things that’s really unique. She was a terrific filly,” said McCarthy, who was on Mott’s team during Royal Delta’s 2011, 2012, and 2013 championship seasons. “Just to have one in the race is special. Then to win it and be able to present ourselves with the trophy is even nicer.”
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