Five-year highs in both all-sources and on-track handle were among the highlights of handle and attendance figures released today by The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) for the recently concluded Belmont Park fall meeting.
For the second straight year Chad Brown reigned as the leading trainer during the Belmont Park fall meet with 26 wins, while Javier Castellano continued his strong run by winning 55 races en route to his third straight on The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit.
Although he will be in California for the Breeders' Cup, trainer Todd Pletcher will have a strong presence in all three graded stakes during opening weekend at the Big A.
Thoroughbred racing action moves to Aqueduct Racetrack on Friday, November 1, with opening weekend featuring the simulcast of the Breeders' Cup World Championships from Santa Anita Park and a trio of graded stakes races.
Stanwyck put away Fantasy of Flight and held off even-money favorite Centring to register a 21-1 upset in the Grade 3, $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap for fillies and mares on Saturday at Belmont Park.
Newly outfitted with blinkers, Clearly Now collared front-running favorite Strapping Groom at the top of the stretch and pulled away to a 1 ½-length victory in Saturday's 38th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Bold Ruler Handicap at Belmont Park.
New York racing fans can watch and wager on all the action from the Breeders' Cup World Championships next weekend when Aqueduct Racetrack opens for the fall meet on Friday, November 1 with a special eight-race live card.
A 15-1 shot won the final race at Belmont Park on Friday to trigger a two-day Pick 6 carryover of $173,458 on Saturday, the penultimate day of racing at the fall meet.
Miss Behaviour will attempt to win her third black-type event when she competes in the $100,000 Sharp Cat overnight stakes for 2-year-old fillies on Sunday, closing day of the fall meet at Belmont Park.
Like so many apprentice jockeys before him, Manny Esquivel brought youth, drive and athletic ability with him when he arrived in New York hoping to get a jump on the upcoming fall/winter meet at Aqueduct Racetrack.
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