The 40-day summer meet at Saratoga is a wrap with the last races running yesterday. Luis Saez earned his first riding title at the track with 64 wins. Chad Brown finished as top trainer with 41 wins and Klaravich Stables had a repeat victory as top owner with 21 wins.
Saez also won the Angel Cordero Jr. title with a record of 64-45-39 from 336 mounts with earnings of $6.2 million. This is his first riding title on the NYRA circuit. Saez finished just three wins ahead of Eclipse Award winning jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. who had 56 wins and was second. Jose Ortiz finished third with 51 wins and Joel Rosario was fourth with 43.
Saez piloted the champion colt ESSENTIAL QUALITY to victory in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy and the Grade 1 RUNHAPPY Travers during the meet. These two wins are expected to make ESSENTIAL QUALITY in the position to win another Eclipse Award, as he is currently considered the top 3-year-old male. An award that Saez is hopeful he will be able to take home as well.
"This is a tough spot, so winning this title is everything. To win the Travers; racing at NYRA is the biggest deal right now, and we're so blessed to be here. It means a lot," said Saez.
Saez didn't just win aboard ESSENTIAL QUALITY. He also piloted BELLA SOFIA in the Grade 1 Longinese Test, CROSS BORDER in the Grade 2 BOWLING GREEN, RINALDI in the Grade 3 Forbidden Apple and PRETTY BIRDIE in the Schuylerville.
Chad Brown set the conditioners record in 2018 with 46 wins, didn't quite meet that level this year with 41wins but was still ahead of 2021 Hall of Fame inductee trainer Todd Pletcher who had 31 wins and Mike Maker with his 25. Brown had five graded stakes wins with a total record of 41-34-24 from 176 starters and earnings of more than $4.5 million.
Klaravich Stables was the leading owner for the fourth consecutive meet with a record of 21-8-12 from 65 starters with total earnings of $1.45 million. Two of the horses were trained by Brown - TECHNICAL ANALYSIS and PUBLIC SECTOR. Those two horses won all four of the stable's graded stakes during the meet.