19. McCarthy is not the first driver to come to the Meadowlands and make their presence felt, but to do it so fast may be a first. :: And Fair World Magazine :: SUBSCRIBE NOW TO HARNESS RACING UPDATE FOR FREE, DOWNLOAD THE MOST RECENT EDITION OF HARNESS RACING UPDATE, Incredible timing helped Todd McCarthy have instant success at the Meadowlands. I’ve really enjoyed it at this stage. Watching his brother Andy win four Breeders Crown trophies last October at Woodbine Mohawk Park helped convince McCarthy to do it in 2020. EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – For a second straight night, harness racing driver Todd McCarthy had the hot hand, and for a second straight week, action in The Meadowlands’ 20-cent Pick-5 was huge. Find everything you need to know about horse racing at Equibase.com. “He’s thrown a few contacts my way and gotten me a little bit of work. Todd’s win with the Daley-trained Anoka Hanover in the $451,800 Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old trotting fillies last Saturday night put the driver at the top of the Big M standings, one in front of Dexter Dunn, who won four stakes races on that same night. “I’ve got to say, since being here in America, it’s been my favorite track to race at, The Meadowlands. EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- January 8, 2020 -- For a guy who didn’t arrive until four months ago, Todd McCarthy continues to impress in harness racing’s toughest driver colony. “You see great drivers and they seem like they’ve got all day to make decisions on the racetrack. Both Brian Sears and Tim Tetrick rose to the top at the Big M quickly, but unlike McCarthy, they had been established elsewhere in the U.S. before going there. His accomplishments Down Under included winning the 2016 Australasian Young Drivers Championship and multiple New South Wales state and metropolitan premiership driving titles. If you are vision impaired or have some other impairment covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act or a similar law, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to using this website, please contact raryan@playmeadowlands.com Something went wrong. Driver, Harness Racing, Harness Racing Podcast, John Tapp, Podcast, Sky Racing Sydney harness racing fans are familiar with Todd McCarthy’s meteoric rise in a few short years. That’s been pretty cool. The combination led to a giant payday for a handful of sharp players…. I’ve joked around that once we take our masks off, I probably won’t recognize people.”. “That it happened, that didn’t shock me at all.”. Horseman McCarthy, 27, arrived from Down Under at the end of August and has made an immediate impact racing in the States, winning 11 times from 87 starts entering action Saturday. He has never celebrated Thanksgiving before, but the timing couldn’t be better since he truly has so much to be thankful for. McCarthy earned his first triumph in the U.S. in his third start and added four more victories in his next 25 races. Over the past several years, driver Todd McCarthy contemplated leaving his native Australia to continue his career in North America. Down Under harness racing driver Todd McCarthy had an outstanding two nights at the Meadowlands in New Jersey over Friday and Saturday nights race meetings. “As a kid growing up, you think of the Meadowlands, that for me has always been the pinnacle of harness racing, so to be able to get there and actually have a few drives, it was pretty surreal,” Todd said. For a guy who didn’t arrive until four months ago, Todd McCarthy continues to impress in harness racing’s toughest driver colony stateside. In my eyes, I think that’s a pretty great asset to have on your side.”, Todd was fortunate enough to secure a visa that will allow him to stay in the U.S. for a few years and would be extendable if necessary. HEADED OVERSEAS: Talented reinsman Todd McCarthy will head to Canada this week and is looking forward to driving … © 2021 Horseman Publishing Co., Lexington KY, All Rights Reserved. Each time I go out there, I’ve got as much knowledge as I can about the race and the horses in it and how I think the race is going to go.”. Dakota Jack (8) Todd Mccarthy Meadowlands 7; Daltair De Kirva (6) S. Stéfano Cagnes-sur-Mer 4; Danadona (8) F. Torralba Carrère PMU 6; Dance Traveler (3) Douglas W. Chappell Cal-expo Harness 6; Dancing Chick (6) Amy Day Goulburn 6; Dancing Destiny (9) Gerald Almodovar Charles Town 3; Dancing Jack (6) Holly Watson Mount Barker 3 Guests include Andy McCarthy, Mike Wilder, and Dave Little. “I think seeing the success that [Andy] had there was obviously a big push for me to make the move,” Todd said. “For me it was pretty awesome to be there on that night. Let It Ride N was sold this week but will retain Nifty Norman and Todd McCarthy will drive. The 27-year-old McCarthy continued to do good things since his arrival from Australia, winning … He notched his first stakes triumph with Marloe Hanover in a division of the Pennsylvania All-Stars. He was shutout on his first night at the Meadowlands, but the next night he made some noise winning four of the 13 races. “I honestly thought when I came over here that I’d be picking up a drive here or there and I’d be doing it pretty tough there for a while. BATHURST native Todd McCarthy registered a slice of history at Globe Derby on Saturday night. “Learning to just feel like you’ve got a little more time, sometimes,” he said. “Australia was good to me. Not bad for the expat whose first drive at the mile oval was on Sept. 11. Going into this weekend’s racing, driver Todd McCarthy sits atop the Meadowlands’ Fall Meet standings with 30 wins. Barn changes. “I sort of started the process with my visa before corona hit and I kind of had my heart set on being able to come over this year,” Todd said. Trainer Noel Daley has known Todd since he was a kid and thought the driver was something special the first time he saw him in the sulky. By emerging triumphant against a host of the nation’s best drivers, McCarthy … “Probably after the Breeders Crown last year I started putting a few plans in place to make the move. “Back home, you sort of know most horses and have an idea how they race. McCarthy, the regular driver of Ramona Hill, will talk about the filly’s chances in the upcoming Hambletonian at The Meadowlands on Saturday. That definitely was motivating. Remember Chapter Seven was slow coming back in 2011 after a strong 2-year-old season and was heading to the Hambletonian. Over the past several years, driver Todd McCarthy contemplated leaving his native Australia to continue his career in North America. Todd McCarthy wins four at Big M For a guy who didn’t arrive until four months ago, Todd McCarthy continues to impress in harness racing’s toughest driver colony. Not bad for the expat whose first drive at the mile oval was on Sept. 11. Todd McCarthy never thought he would represent Australia. I’m really enjoying it at the moment and there’s nowhere else I’d rather be.”. A LITTLE MORE: Todd McCarthy guided two longshots to victory lane during the sequence, leading to a single-ticket winner in the 20-cent Pick-5 that paid $43,916. It’s been great for years,” said McCarthy. Local Sport BATHURST native and one of New Souths Wales’ leading drivers Todd McCarthy is risking his premiership lead for an experience of a life time. That sort of made me think that this is the place to be. But I think just the timing, the way that things worked out, was that Andy was away and he was able to recommend me and at the same time there was also a handful of great drivers that were away for stakes races and I probably just arrived at the best possible time that I could have.”. “It might sound a little corny but I love getting there especially at night time and you can see New York City in the background,” he added. “I’ve always wanted to come, it was just a matter of time when I was going to be able to make the move,” McCarthy said. Watching his brother Andy win four Breeders Crown trophies last October at Woodbine Mohawk Park helped convince McCarthy to do it in 2020. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. Maybe not vitally important to the bettor, but let them know. Watching his brother Andy win four Breeders Crown trophies last October at Woodbine Mohawk Park helped convince McCarthy to do it in 2020. “He wouldn’t have driven more than a handful tops of young trotters before he came here. McCarthy had been thinking about trying things in the U.S. for a while when he visited North America in 2019 to see his brother Andy race in the Breeders Crown at Woodbine at Mohawk Park. That isn’t something you do as a harness driver. Harness Racing Australia announces that current Australian driving champion, Todd McCarthy was selected as Australia’s representative. “Australia was good to me. “And not long after, I had a few winners come with it, so it was an amazing start for me in North America.”. “I’ve met so many people this first week, even though covid has made things a little difficult. I was fortunate enough to be able to get over last week and it’s all worked out. For a guy who didn’t arrive until four months ago, Todd McCarthy continues to impress in harness racing’s toughest driver colony. “I was the top driver at Menangle Racetrack in Sydney for the last five years. “I do my best to make the most of every race and I hope it works out,” Todd said. Site contents may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the publisher. “I find myself watching a lot of replays and reading a lot of programs. “I’ve been watching for a long time, but you’ve got to be here and driving in races to really pick that up,” McCarthy said. … TODD McCARTHY WINS 4 AT BIG M . “The most amazing part of it is [Todd] really hasn’t driven young trotters before,” Daley said. He’s pointed me in the right direction, that’s for sure.” (Ken Weingartner/USTA), Advertising Rates & Information For: McCarthy is the younger brother of top drivers Luke and Andy McCarthy and son of highly regarded trainer John McCarthy. McCarthy, 27, arrived from Down Under at the end of August and has made an immediate impact racing in the States, winning 11 times from 87 starts entering action Saturday. Harness Racing Weekend Preview HarnessRacing.com He had issues; Linda Toscano told us so. “I would have liked to have been over a little earlier in the year, but obviously things got slowed down. “I was the top driver at Menangle Racetrack in Sydney for the last five years. Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site. I’ve got to give Andy a huge shout out there. A take-no-prisoners Todd McCarthy drive shot Kevin Pizzuto’s pacer to the lead in the early stages and with a 26.2-second third quarter and a track record smashing 1:53.9 mile rate he broke their hearts to salute in style. Following in Andy’s ever-growing footsteps might seem daunting, but Todd is grateful for his brother’s support. “If anything, he’s made it easier for me; he’s done all the hard yards,” he said. McCarthy recently relocated to North America f Down Under driver has huge weekend of racing. Over the past several years, harness racing driver Todd McCarthy contemplated leaving his native Australia to continue his career in North America. … Dunn and Todd McCarthy both won three on the card, as the top two in the Fall-Meet driver standings upped their respective win totals to 46 and 40. “I got to drive qualifiers [on Sept. 5 and 12] first so that was good to get a feel for the track,” he said. Website Design by eLink Design, Inc. A Lexington Web Design Company :: Hosted by Intelliwire, LLC, An Offsite Backup Company Elkton, MD – Post Time with Mike and Mike is proud to announce the show’s lineup for Thursday, August 6th, 2020, at 10:30 AM. “I think I’m most proud of the consistency,” said McCarthy, who started driving in 2010. Welcome to Equibase.com, your official source for horse racing results, mobile racing data, statistics as well as all other horse racing and thoroughbred racing information. Watching his brother Andy … Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment - 1 Racetrack Drive - East Rutherford, NJ 07073 - Call us at (201) THE-BIGM. Watching his brother Andy win four Breeders Crown trophies last October at Woodbine Mohawk Park helped convince McCarthy to do it in 2020. Adjusting to new horses and new drivers are McCarthy’s biggest challenges. The 27-year-old McCarthy … Even in a more advanced age, Obrigado's class continues to shine through. He talks about his early days, the influence of his family, and the horses who’ve shaped his career. “My plan is to stay. Over the past several years, driver Todd McCarthy contemplated leaving his native Australia to continue his career in North America. For a guy who didn’t arrive until four months ago, Todd McCarthy continues to impress in harness racing’s toughest driver colony ... OBRIGADO REPEATS, FUSCO SERIES BEGINS AT FREEHOLD . Todd, 27, arrived with a resume that included winning the 2018 Inter Dominion and being the top driver at Menangle Racetrack in Sydney for five years, but now he was going to be taking on the big boys at the mecca of harness racing. The 27-year-old McCarthy continued to do good things since his arrival from Australia, winning four times on the Friday night card at The Meadowlands. McCarthy, 27, arrived from Down Under at the end of August and has made an immediate impact racing in the States, winning 11 times from 87 starts entering action Saturday. Please check your entries and try again. And the 27 year old wasted little time in finding the winner’s circle, posting five victories in his first 28 starts. “To me, it’s a pretty special place to be racing horses.”. “I’ve had a lot of great support from trainers and that’s something I’m proud of as well. But later in the month McCarthy, with his family in tow, will head to Sweden for the World Drivers … My last couple seasons Down Under have been fantastic as far as the Grand Circuit goes, winning a lot of races. Anoka Hanover has been the top horse this year for driver Todd McCarthy. TODD MCCARTHY Seeking fame and fortune in the U.S. August 26, 2020 National Trotguide FROM a youngster who once preferred to be out riding motor bikes – to a prominent harness racing driver about to embark on an international career, Todd McCarthy has covered a lot of territory in the past 10 years. It’s been great for years,” said McCarthy. Todd said the most important thing he’s learned about racing at the Meadowlands is patience. And that’s a pretty tough ask, trotting fillies.”. December 8, 2017: With the eyes of the harness racing world on him this past summer, Canada's James MacDonald rose to the occasion and captured the 2017 World Driving Championship on home soil. It’s been fantastic. It’s a weird time to be meeting people and making new relationships because you don’t get to see everyone’s face. Courtesy Harness Racing Australia | Driver Todd McCarthy. “I can’t thank all the trainers enough for that. “I was the top driver at Menangle Racetrack in Sydney for the last five years. I’m doing my very best to educate myself. “I said to a friend of mine, a very smart judge in the game, real early in the piece, ‘You watch, this guy’s going to be a top five or six driver within 12 months.’ And he said ‘No.’ And I said, ‘You watch.’ “I’m happily surprised for him that it’s happened this quick,” Daley said. Todd McCarthy wins four at the Big M EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - For a guy who didn't arrive until four months ago, Todd McCarthy continues to impress in harness racing's toughest driver colony.The 27-year-old McCarthy continued to do good things since his arrival from Australia, winn He’s given me pointers on what to do and not to do. Over here, I’ve had to start from scratch. Todd arrived Stateside at the end of August, somewhat delayed by COVID-19. “I’ve been overwhelmed by the support, that people have been willing to put me down and give me a shot,” McCarthy said. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. I love going there every Friday and Saturday night. Todd knows his U.S. experience so far has been exceptionally good, and he can’t thank all the trainers — both expat and American — enough who have taken a chance on him. The distinction is awarded by the experts in the HRA Executive Office and only the very best drivers in the country are considered for the award. He represented Australia at the 2019 World Driving Championship and counts the Inter Dominion as his top victory. Down Under harness driver Todd McCarthy had an outstanding two nights of racing at the Meadowlands in New Jersey over Friday and Saturday nights race meetings. Luke spent part of 2009 in North America and is best remembered for driving Muscle Hill to victory in the World Trotting Derby. The global coronavirus pandemic put his plans on hold for several months, but McCarthy finally was able to complete his move last week. The 27-year-old McCarthy continued to do good things since his arrival from Australia, winning four times on the Friday night card at The Meadowlands. Really, I was probably pretty lucky in hindsight that I only got pushed back a few months.”. McCarthy’s father, John, is a highly regarded trainer in Australia and brothers Luke and Andy are top drivers. McCarthy is not the first driver to come to the Meadowlands and make their presence felt, but to do it so fast may be a first. Hightstown, NJ — Over the past several years, driver Todd McCarthy contemplated leaving his native Australia to continue his career in North America. Andy moved to the U.S. in 2007 and has won more than 2,500 races, including August’s Hambletonian with Ramona Hill. Todd’s accomplishments Down Under included winning the 2016 Australasian Young Drivers Championship and multiple New South Wales state and metropolitan premiership driving titles. “It was a good head start for me where I didn’t have to worry about going home any time soon,” Todd said. “Initially, I wanted to come in March, early April, but (the pandemic) slowed things down. The Horse Race Insider is a privately owned magazine. McCarthy recently relocated to North America from Sydney Australia to further pursue his harness driving career. by Debbie Little Going into this weekend’s racing, driver Todd McCarthy sits atop the Meadowlands’ Fall Meet standings with 30 wins. “Bet with your head, not over it.” I’ve got a visa that allows me to stay for some time, so I’m planning on sticking around for quite a while.”. All copyrights reserved. “Australia was good to me. That’s been a little bit tricky. Harness: Profile of driver Todd McCarthy Editor Derick Giwner sat down with driver Todd McCarthy to discuss life and racing. It’s been great for years,” said McCarthy. It was definitely motivating for me to get over.”. Editor Derick Giwner sat down with driver Todd McCarthy to discuss life and racing. “The timing (for this move) was perfect for me.”. “It's more for cricket and rugby league,” he says. And has won more than a handful tops of young trotters before, ” he.. 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