Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ortiz, Jr. and Brown win fall meet titles; Dubb top owner again

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Contact: Sean Morris


Ortiz, Jr. and Brown win fall meet titles; Dubb top owner again


ELMONT, N.Y. - After sharing the spring/summer Belmont meet title with Javier Castellano, Irad Ortiz, Jr. made sure he was alone atop the fall leaderboard by winning seven races on closing weekend, giving him 46 victories for the meet and three more than Castellano.


Joining Ortiz, Jr. as meet leaders were trainer Chad Brown, who took his third consecutive fall meet title with 30 wins, and Michael Dubb, whose 13 wins made him top owner for the third straight time on the NYRA circuit.


Ortiz, Jr. captured four graded stakes and seven overall, including wins in the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap (Vyjack), Grade 3 Hill Prince (Ring Weekend), Grade 3 Noble Damsel (Annecdote) and Grade 3 Miss Grillo (Lady Eli), to go along with victories in the Bowl Game (North Slope), Ticonderoga (Discreet Marq) and Joseph A. Gimma (Temper Mint Patty).


Joel Rosario finished third with 38 wins, and Jose Ortiz, Irad's younger brother, finished fourth with 32.


Brown entered closing weekend with a commanding lead over runner-up David Jacobson, who also finished second in the owner standings, and coasted to the finish line to best his total from last year's fall meet by four wins. The trainer saddled three graded stakes winners at the meet, topped by Stephanie's Kitten's triumph in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl. Brown also took the Grade 2 Sands Point with Ball Dancing, and the Grade 3 Miss Grillo with Lady Eli. Stephanie's Kitten and Lady Eli will both represent the trainer at the Breeders' Cup World Championships on October 31 and November 1 at Santa Anita Park.


Jacobson tallied 23 wins at the stand, while Christophe Clement caught fire on closing weekend to finish third with 18.


Dubb scored a major victory in the Grade 1 Beldame with Belle Gallantey, who is a leading contender for the Breeders' Cup Distaff. Dubb finished with four more wins than Jacobson, and five more than third-place finisher Drawing Away Stable.


Racing will resume Wednesday, October 29, when action shifts to the newly revamped Aqueduct Racetrack.



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