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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Castellano, Jacobson Win Belmont Titles

Javier Castellano won his first riding title since 2007 on The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit when he edged Ramon Dominguez by two victories at the conclusion of Belmont Park's fall meet.

Castellano rode three winners on Friday, October 28, to go up 42-40 over Dominguez and assure himself the title. Although Castellano rode at Keeneland on Saturday, live racing was cancelled at Belmont after three races that afternoon, and on Sunday, as a result of inclement weather. John Velazquez took third place with 27 winners. Fall meet highlights for Castellano included wins in the Grade 1 Garden City (Winter Memories) Grade 1 Champagne (Union Rags) and Grade 2 Gallant Bloom (Pomeroys Pistol).

Trainer David Jacobson, who saddled the first Grade 1 winner of his career during the 2011 Saratoga meet, enjoyed further success at Belmont, topping the trainer standings with 15 victories for his first NYRA meet title. Rudy Rodriguez was second with 13 winners, and Bruce Brown took third with 12.

The leading owner was Flying Zee Stables, whose principle, Carl Lizza, passed away July 8. Flying Zee Stables clinched the owner title with 12 victories, including wins in the Grade 3 Miss Grillo (Pure Gossip) and Bertram F. Bongard (Night Maneuver).

With the conclusion of Belmont Park's fall meet, New York racing moves to Aqueduct Racetrack beginning Friday, November 4 and running through Saturday, December 31, with live racing Wednesday through Sunday. On most days, gates open at 11 a.m. with a first post time of 12:20 p.m. There will be a special post time of 11:25 a.m. on November 24 (Thanksgiving Day) and noon post times on November 25 (Black Friday) and November 26 (Cigar Mile Day). Simulcasting is held at Aqueduct and the Belmont Café seven days a week.

 

 

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