Teenage trainer follows in father’s footsteps with winner at Laurel
USA: Like father, like son. The return of racing to Maryland at the weekend was a cause for celebration for trainer Anthony Lynch, who saddled his first winner at Laurel – at the tender age of 18.
He is the son of Laurel-based trainer Cathal Lynch and nephew of US-based jockey Fergal Lynch – the Derry pair style themselves ‘Cal’ and ‘Feargal’ in the States.
The teenage trainer claimed the first turf race of the season at Laurel when 30-1 longshot Queen Of Cause flew down the middle to catch pacesetter Stiva in deep stretch on Saturday [May 30].
Okay, it was only a maiden claimer but for young Anthony it meant the world. “It’s amazing,” he said. “I want to cry so bad right now.”
Queen Of Cause was Lynch’s eighth starter, having been turned over to Anthony after making her first three starts for his dad, for whom he still works alongside older brother Charlie. “His mom and I couldn’t be more proud,” beamed Cal Lynch.
And what about that celebration? “There’s not much to do with the quarantine, but we’ll find something,” suggested Anthony. We’ll drink to that. In a responsible socially-distanced fashion, naturally.
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