by NYRA Press
Trainer Chad Brown dominated the standings while Joel Rosario and Klaravich Stables were the top jockey and owner, respectively, for the three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival Championship presented by NYRA Bets at Belmont Park.
The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival from June 6-8 featured 33 total races and 18 stakes races, including eight Grade 1s on Saturday, highlighted by Sir Winston's win in the 151st running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets.
With paid attendance on Belmont Stakes Day of 56,217, the lucrative Belmont Day card generated all-sources handle of $102,163,280, a NYRA record for a non-Triple Crown year.
The competition saw Brown saddle nine winners, with victories in an astounding seven of the 18 total stakes. Brown easily earned the "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons Award for Outstanding Trainer, going 9-7-3 with 27 starters. His horses posted a 33.33 percent winning percentage and earnings of more than $2.7 million.
On Saturday, Belmont Stakes Day, Brown won three Grade 1s, with Guarana winning the $700,000 Acorn, Rushing Fall capturing the $700,000 Longines Just a Game and a Brown-trained trifecta in the 118th running of the $1 million Manhattan, when Bricks and Mortar, Robert Bruce and Raging Bull ran 1-2-3.
Brown, who has won the last four NYRA year-end training titles, boasted multiple stakes winners on each day of the festival, with Cambier Parc winning the Grade 3 Wonder Again and Significant Form hitting the wire first in the Grade 3 Intercontinental on Thursday.
Friday saw Separationofpowers take the Grade 3 Bed o' Roses Invitational and Homerique and Competitionofideas finishing 1-2 in the Grade 2 New York. Brown had six more wins during the festival than the next-closest competitors in Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen and Todd Pletcher, who each recorded three wins.
Rosario won the Eddie Arcaro Award, posting seven wins and five runner-up finishes in 23 mounts, highlighted by his brilliant ride aboard 10-1 Sir Winston to win his second career Belmont Stakes.
Rosario's seven wins were four more than the four jockeys who tied for second. Rosario's mounts earned more than $1.5 million in three days, when he posted a 30.43 winning percentage. On Friday, Rosario won the Grade 2 True North aboard Catalina Cruiser.
On Saturday, Rosario, who won the 2014 Belmont Stakes when Tonalist upset Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome, added his second career victory in the "Test of the Champion," with the Mark Casse-trained Sir Winston outkicking favorite Tacitus by one length.
Earning the August Belmont II trophy was Klaravich Stables, which notched three wins and four runner-up finishers, collecting $929,040 in earnings. Among the highlights was Bricks and Mortar, co-owned with William Lawrence, winning the 1 ¼-mile Manhattan, and Separationofpowers capturing the Bed o' Roses.
NYRA Press Office