Chad Brown | Breeders’ Cup/Eclipse Sportswire
Courtesy Thoroughbred Daily News
Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. and trainer Chad Brown wrapped up the Aqueduct Racetrack season with respective three-win days on Sunday to secure top honors for the spring meet at the Big A. Seth Klarman’s Klaravich Stables emerged as leading owner for the 13-day meet.
Named top rider at NYRA in 2017, the 25-year-old Ortiz led all jockeys with 24 wins and more than $1.2 million in earnings to earn his 12th individual meet title on the NYRA circuit. Manny Franco, fresh off his first leading jockey honors for the Aqueduct winter meet, was second with 17 wins, six more than Junior Alvarado in third.
Brown, 39, saddled 15 winners from 39 starters. The title is the 11th at an individual meet for the two-time defending Eclipse champion trainer. Linda Rice was second with 11 wins, while Rudy Rodriguez was third with nine.
Klaravich led all owners with six victories from 11 starts. Wachtel Stable was second with four wins.
The New York Thoroughbred calendar resumes Friday at Belmont Park for its 54-day spring/summer meet. First post time is 1:30 p.m.