12/31/2013 4:59PM

Aqueduct: Final pick six of year pays $11,354; Jacobson, Castellano top NYRA standings


With a two-day carryover of $93,867 and a must-pay situation in order to close the books on 2013, an additional $529,893 was poured into the final pick six pool of the year on New Year’s Eve at Aqueduct.

The opening leg, race 4, was won by second choice Sustainable ($6.90), followed by odds-on favorites Moments Notiz ($3.70) and Frost Jordan ($3.90). Things got tougher through the second half of the super-exotic wager when Eye Luv Lulu ($16), Cease ($11), and Tycoon Cat ($18.20) prevailed.

The winning combination of 5-11-1-6-9-5 paid $11,354. The 5-of-6 consolation paid $124.

Moments Notiz and Cease upped David Jacobson’s record total to 164 victories at New York Racing Association tracks in 2013, eclipsing Gary Contessa’s 2007 mark of 159. Jacobson, 59, captured training titles at Aqueduct’s spring meet, Belmont’s spring-summer meet, and Aqueduct’s fall session and won his first Grade 1 flat race when Strapping Groom, a $35,000 claim in May, won the Forego at Saratoga.

Todd Pletcher was second with 117 victories, followed by Chad Brown with 101 wins.

Javier Castellano, who became the first jockey to lead the nation in both wins and purse earnings since Chris McCarron in 1980, led all New York riders with 239 wins while garnering four consecutive meet crowns from Belmont in the spring through Aqueduct in the fall. Castellano also established a national record for a single year with $26.3 million in earnings overall.

Irad Ortiz Jr. was second with 222 wins, and his brother, Jose Ortiz, was third with 211.

Drawing Away Stable led all owners on the circuit with 89 wins, all of them trained by Jacobson. Michael Dubb (49) and Darley Stable (45) were second and third.