When forecast heavy rains forced the cancellation of racing at Belmont Park on Saturday, Oct. 28, the New York Racing Association's statisticians were able to close the books on Belmont Fall 2017.
For the sixth consecutive time, trainer Chad Brown will receive the leading trainer's trophy. His horses won 41 races at the meeting outdistancing Todd Pletcher's second place finish at 19.
The 39-year-old Brown, a native of Mechanicville, N.Y. who grew up on Saratoga racing, added the 2017 Belmont Fall title to his two straight spring meeting wins. All that success last year earned Brown the 2006 Eclipse Award.
Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. won the leading jockey title with 51 wins from 264 rides and an in-the-money percentage over 50. His mounts earned over $4 million in purses
Two of Ortiz' biggest wins came in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup with Diversify and Firenze Fire in the Grade 1 Champagne.
Five of Ortiz' 51 wins came on the same card on Oct. 19.
Seth Klarman and Klaravich Stables' 14 wins won that power house stable its first Belmont fall title. Their stable star, Separationofpowers, won the Frizette and will be one if the favorites in the $2 million, Grade 1 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies Breeders' Cup next on Nov. 4 at Del Mar.
On what turned out to be Closing Day at Belmont, GMB Stable's Tom's Ready made the lead in the shadow of the wire to win the $200,000, Grade 3 Bold Ruler Handicap, one of four stakes on the afternoon's card.
The 4-year-old colt, who was bred by Blackstone Farm at Pine Grove, Pa., defeated eight rivals in the seven furlong sprint on a fast main track in 1:22.06 in what was his first graded stakes win.
Bentley Combs, assistant to trainer Dallas Stewart, lindicated Tom's Ready will be pointed for the $750,000, Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Dec. 2.
One race earlier, Eskenformoney made her last race a winning one when she closed resolutely in the final strides to earn the win $200,000, Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm Stakes at 1-1/16 miles on the main track.
The 5-year-old mare by Eskendereya from the Not for Love mare But for Money will go on the auction block at Fasig-Tipton on Nov. 5.
With Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez in the saddle for trainer Todd Pletcher and owners StarLadies Racing and Lisa Troutt, the dark bay or brown mare came from fifth place to win by a head over Verve's Tale in 1:43.12 on a fast track.
Eskenformoney starts her broodmare career with racing earnings over three quarters of a million dollars.
Martin S. Schwartz' Off Limits won her second straight stakes when she went to the front passing the furlong pole and stayed on to win by a neck in the $200,000, Grade 3 Athenia for fillies and mares at 1-1/16 miles on the turf.
Following an allowance win at Saratoga, the Irish-bred 5-year-old won the Grade 3 Nobel Dasmsel earlier at the Belmont Fall meeting.
The Chad Brown trainee was ridden by Joel Rosario to her sixth win from 16 starts. She has now banked $454,680 for Schawartz.
The New York-bred Therapist, a 2-year-old colt by Freud from the Smart Strike mare Lady Renaissance, made the lead 70 yards out to take the laurels in the $100,000 Awad Stakes.
Racing for the partnership of trainer Christophe Clement and Oak Bluff Stables, Therapist and jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. defeated nine rivals getting the mile in 1:35.41 over firm turf course in what turned out to be the closing race at Belmont this autumn.
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