and Sarah Ramsey set a record for victories by an owner at Saratoga
Race Course, with trainer Todd Pletcher taking his fourth consecutive
training title and Javier Castellano earning his first riding title at
the conclusion of a celebratory 150th anniversary meet on Monday,
many things contributed to the success of this meet," said New York
Racing Association CEO and President Chris Kay. "Most notable was the
racing which - day in, day out - is the best in the country. There also
were many wonderful events including our Jockey Appreciation Day
honoring John Velazquez, Jerry Bailey and Angel Cordero, Jr., and those
made possible by the Saratoga 150 Committee, including our birthday
celebration on Whitney Day and the $15,000 wagers courtesy of Marylou
Whitney and John Hendrickson. I want to thank all the jockeys, trainers,
owners and fans who supported our meet, and also the men and women of
the New York Racing Association who strived to deliver a great guest
experience to all."
the racing highlights of the 40-day meet were Cross Traffic's sparkling
victory in the Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap,
Princess of Sylmar's Grade 1 triumphs in the TVG Coaching Club American
Oaks and Alabama, reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan's win in the Grade
2 Fourstardave Handicap, Alpha's return to the Spa winner's circle in
the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward, and Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne
Lukas's two Grade 1 victories, in the $1 million Travers with Will Take
Charge on August 24 and in the Hopeful with Strong Mandate on September
2, his 78th birthday.
of Fame jockey John Velazquez became the all-time leading rider at
Saratoga on July 27 when he broke fellow Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey's
mark of 693 victories. Velazquez, Bailey and Hall of Famer Angel
Cordero, Jr., were honored in a special ceremony on August 23 as the
track's three all-time leading riders, with a special commemorative
plaque honoring their achievements displayed outside the jockeys' room.
well, recently retired rider Ramon Dominguez was honored in the
winner's circle on August 25, when he was presented with the
reinstituted Mike Venezia Award by NYRA and the trophy for his third
straight Eclipse Award, which he was unable to accept in January. A
$15,000 donation on behalf of Dominguez was made to the Permanently
Disabled Jockeys Fund, with proceeds from closing-day admissions also
going to the PDJF.
tradition of the track's community involvement continued with the
annual Fabulous Fillies Day on August 14, when more than $100,000 was
raised to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Ramseys, who were recognized for their record-breaking meet by NYRA CEO
& President Chris Kay in a winner's circle ceremony on August 31,
had 22 winners, capped by Big Blue Kitten's triumph in the Sword Dancer
Invitational on August 17, one of three Grade 1 wins on the day around
the country for the owners. It was the third time the Ramseys had been
the leading owners at the Spa, having taken the title in 2008 and 2009.
The previous record for victories by an owner was 18, set by Zayat
Stable in 2007.
a winner of 36 races, added his 10th career H. Allen Jerkens training
title, also having been Saratoga's leading trainer in 1998, 2002-06, and
2010-12. With the 10th title, Pletcher surpasses Hall of Famer Bill
Mott for the most meet titles by a trainer. Meet highlights for Pletcher
included victories with Cross Traffic in the Grade 1 Whitney
Invitational Handicap and Princess of Sylmar in both the Grade 1 Alabama
and Grade 1 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks.
Brown was the second-leading trainer with 24 wins, with Kiaran
McLaughlin and David Jacobson tying for third with 16 wins each.
the 40-day meet, Castellano registered 66 wins, including five on
closing day, to take his first Angel Cordero, Jr. riding title.
Highlighting the meet for Castellano, who had finished second for the
past three years, were Grade 1 victories aboard Princess of Sylmar in
the TVG Coaching Club American Oaks and the Alabama. Finishing second
was Hall of Famer John Velazquez (46), with Joel Rosario placing third
racing moves downstate to Belmont Park for the 37-day fall meet
beginning Saturday, September 7, and running through Sunday, October 27.
Live racing is generally conducted Wednesday through Sunday, with a
first race post time of 1:05 p.m. during September and 12:50 p.m. in