Chad Brown picked up 23 Wins to finish as the leading trainer at the Belmont Race Track spring/summer meet for the 5th consecutive year.
Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. posted 34 Victories to lead all riders as the 25-day meet concluded on Sunday at Belmont Park. The meet ran from June 3rd to July 12th.
The spring/summer meet kicked off on June 3rd marking the return of professional sports in New York, and also saw the return of live racing for the New York Racing Association, which temporarily suspended racing in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ortiz Jr. was the leading rider for the 2nd time in the last three spring/summer meets, compiling a 34-23-13 record in 128 mounts, Winning at more than a 26 percent clip ! He teamed with Brown for four of his five Graded Stakes Victories of the meet.
Ortiz Jr. has been the NYRA year-end leading jockey in 2014, 2015 and 2017. He has Won the last two Eclipse Awards for Outstanding Jockey for the 2018 and 2019 campaigns. His brother, Jose Ortiz, Won three races on Sunday to finish in 2nd with 32 Wins on the meet.
“I’ve done well in the spring here. I’m thankful to all the trainers and the owners,” Ortiz Jr. said.
The meet was abbreviated to 25-days and held without spectators in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was conducted with strict health and safety protocols in place.
Despite running 23 fewer days than in 2019, the all sources handle during the spring/summer meet totaled $386,654,955- up 42% from last year.
Thoroughbred action moves north to historic Saratoga Race Course for the 40-day (spectator free) summer meet from July 16th to September 7th.
Featuring 71 Stakes races worth $14.45 million dollars, the meet will offer 39 Graded Stakes and 18 Grade 1’s. Highlighted by the 151st edition of the Grade 1, Million Dollar Travers Stakes on August 8th and the Grade 1, $750,000 dollar Whitney on August 1st.
If you followed the advice given by the Daily Racing Blog regarding the Bluegrass Stakes on Saturday you would have cashed tickets on Exacta, Trifecta, and Win wagers. Just sayin…