The curtain came down on summer racing at Saratoga and Del Mar on Labor Day. FanXT sums the meets up below.
Jose Ortiz secured his second career Saratoga riding title with 60 total victories at the eight-week meet. He won 11 times during the final stanza at “The Spa,” putting a bow on things by winning Monday’s Hopeful Stakes atop Basin. That was his third Grade I win of the meet, as he took down the Alabama (Dunbar Road) and CCA Oaks (Guarana) earlier.
Irad Ortiz Jr., 2018’s Saratoga champ, won 10 times last week. That included his Grade I Spinaway score aboard Perfect Alibi. He finished second with 53 scores at the meet.
Javier Castellano was a well-beaten third with 39 overall triumphs. He bagged a half-dozen winners last week, highlighted by a Prioress score atop Royal Charlotte. Castellano was just two wins ahead of Joel Rosario and three ahead of Luis Saez.
Rosario ended his Saratoga season on a high note by bringing home 10 winners, including Crystalle in the P.G. Johnson, Mrs. Sippy in the Glens Falls and Qurbaan in the Bernard Baruch. Saez notched six victories last week.
Racing resumes on the NYRA circuit at Belmont Park this Friday.
Flavien Prat won eight times during Del Mar’s final stanza to win yet another SoCal riding title. That included Friday’s I’m Smokin (Square Deal) and Saturday’s John C. Mabee (Vasilika). Prat took the meet’s final race aboard Zee Drop despite falling from his mount (Storm the Court) in the Del Mar Futurity just before.
Drayden Van Dyke, who also hit the deck in the Del Mar Futurity but escaped injury, finished second with 32 victories, 10 behind his main rival. He won eight times last week, highlighted by a score in the Del Mar Debutante with Bob Baffert’s Bast.
Abel Cedillo was able to place third with a four-win week, staving off Joe Talamo at 25 wins overall to his 23. Racing moves to Los Alamitos for a 10-day meet beginning on Friday.
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