Todd Pletcher and Javier Castellano repeated as the leading trainer and jockey, respectively, at Saratoga Race Course, with Michael Dubb emerging as the top owner for 2014.
Pletcher, 47, won 28 races, turning back a late challenge from Chad Brown, who had 23 victories. Hall of Famer Bill Mott was third with 13 wins.
It was the fifth straight H. Allen Jerkens training title for Pletcher, who has been the Spa’s leading trainer a total of 11 times. This year, Pletcher swept the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks and Grade 1 Alabama with Stopchargingmaria and also posted graded stakes wins with Competitive Edge in the Grade 1 Hopeful and Fashion Alert in the Grade 3 Schuylerville.
“I thought we had a really good start to the meet. I thought we had some really big disappointments at the meet; way too many seconds,” said Pletcher. “At the same time you cannot not be grateful anytime you come to Saratoga and win 26, 27 races, win the Hopeful, Coaching Club, Alabama and Schuylerville. No matter how good you do, it could always be better, no matter how bad you’re doing it could always be worse.”… Read the rest of this entry >>