04/23/2012 1:50PM

Aqueduct: Rice wins trainer's title in final race


Trainer Linda Rice won five of the last 18 races run at the Aqueduct meet – including the final one with Thisskysabeauty – to win the spring meet trainer’s title, 13-12, over Rudy Rodriguez.

This was Rice’s fourth trainer’s title on the New York Racing Association circuit, second outright. She won the 2010 Saratoga meet, tied David Jacobson for the 2011 Aqueduct spring title, and tied Todd Pletcher for the 2011 Belmont spring/summer title.

“I think winning the title at Saratoga would be my best memory in racing ever, but to tie or win Aqueduct, Belmont, to me, it means a lot,” Rice said. “You have to show consistency. As Wayne Lukas told me a long time ago, getting to the top is a lot easier than staying there.”

Cornelio Velasquez won the jockey title with 24 wins. David Cohen finished second with 20.