SARATOGA SPRING, N.Y. — If the names seem familiar, it's because all three of Saratoga's 2017 champions are repeat winners — many times over.
Mega-trainer Todd Pletcher won his 13th H. Allen Jerkens Trophy that goes to the leading trainer.
Jockey Jose Ortiz won his second straight leg on the Angel Cordero Trophy that is awarded to the leading rider.
Long Island developer Michael Dubb, in partnership with several others, took the leading owners award for the fourth consecutive time.
Pletcher's 40 wins in 40 racing days tied the record set last year by Chad Brown.
The Pletcher-Brown battle for the lead went down to Labor Day with the silver-haired Pletcher beating Brown, who grew-up in nearby Mechanicville, by one win.
Commenting on his championship, Pletcher said, “I've never won 40. It's hard to do. I told Chad last year, when he did it, it was a helluva of an accomplishment.”
Speaking of his team, Pletcher said, “We exceeded expectations — and I'm proud of it.”
Linda Rice finished third in the trainer standings with 16 wins.
The battle for riding supremacy between Jose Ortiz and his older brother, Irad Jr., started on opening day when Irad got home first in the first race riding Indycott. They won a stretch duel by three quarters of a length over River Date and Jose.
That joined the battle that would eventually be won by Jose with 58 wins over the 40 days.
Jose took the Grade 1 Alabama aboard Elate and the Grade 1 Longines Test with American Girl on his way to the title. Five of his wins came on one day, Aug. 21.
After securing the championship, Jose thanked “the owners, trainers, all the people on the backstretch. Without them, I couldn't do this,” he said.
Irad had 53 wins. Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez was third in the standings with 46 trips to the winner's circle.
Dubb, who is also a member of the NYRA board of directors and is the major force in the creation and operation of Anna House—the pre-school and day care facility for the children of backstretch workers that is located at Belmont Park — took his fourth title in as many years.
Track photographer Adam Coglianese took celebratory pictures of Dubb and his partners 15 times during the summer session.
Partners Seth Klaravich and William Lawrence were second with 13 winners. Repole Stable and Midwest Thoroughbreds tied for third place with nine victories each.