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Owner Repole, Trainer Pletcher Win Third Straight Saratoga Meet Titles; Jockey Dominguez Sets Meet Record as Top Jockey

By Jon Forbes | 09/03/2012 02:26 PM ET
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Ramon Dominguez
PHOTO/Adam Coglianese

Owner Mike Repole and trainer Todd Pletcher won their third consecutive Saratoga Race Course titles, and Ramon Dominguez set a meet record for wins by a jockey en route to his second career Spa riding crown.

Repole won 13 races, seven with Pletcher, five with Bruce Levine, and one with Michael Miceli. Second-place owner Michael Dubb took 12 races, while Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence finished third with 10.

Pletcher, winner of 36 races, added his ninth career H. Allen Jerkens training title, having also been Saratoga’s leading trainer in 1998, 2002-06, and 2010-11. Meet highlights for Pletcher included victories with Love and Pride in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Invitational Handicap,
Turbulent Descent in the Grade 1 Ballerina, Shanghai Bobby in the Grade 2 Three Chimneys Hopeful, Dominus in the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch, and Kauai Katie in the Grade 2 Adirondack. Pletcher won 23 juvenile races, 21 of them in maiden events.

Chad Brown was the second-leading trainer with 29 wins, 17 ahead of third-place trainer Steve Asmussen.

During the 40-day meet, Ramon Dominguez won 68 races to break by four the mark set by John Velazquez set in 2004 over 36 days. Dominguez, who won the 2009 Saratoga title, rode Alpha to victory in the 2012 Travers (via dead heat) and Jim Dandy and posted scores with Zagora in the Grade 2 Ballston Spa and Unbridled Command in the Grade 3 Saranac. He twice rode six winners on a single day, first on July 22 and again on September 2.

Javier Castellano won 51 races, finishing second for the third straight year. Jose Lezcano was third with 35 wins.

Thoroughbred racing moves downstate to Belmont Park for the 37-day fall meet beginning Saturday, September 8, and running through Sunday, October 28. Grandstand admission on opening weekend is free, with $2 clubhouse admission. With live racing generally conducted Wednesdays through Sundays, and a first race post time of 12:50 p.m., grandstand admission is $3 after opening weekend. Clubhouse admission is $5, while children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. General parking is free, with preferred parking $2 and valet parking $5. For information on the Belmont Park fall meet, please visit nyra.com or call (516) 488-6000.

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