10/30/2016 6:02PM

Belmont: Fall meet ends with ties atop jockey and trainer standings


ELMONT, N.Y. - There were ties in the jockey and  trainer standings at the Belmont Park fall meet, which concluded Sunday.

Trainer Chad Brown and jockey Javier Castellano teamed up to win race 8, the $100,000 Chelsey Flower Stakes, tying Rudy Rodriguez and Irad Ortiz Jr. in their respective divisions.

Ortiz and Castellano came into the closing-day card with 47 wins each. Ortiz won race 7 to take the lead and Castellano came right back to win the Chelsey Flower. Ortiz had a mount in the final race of the meet but finished last.

For Ortiz, the winningest rider in New York in 2015 and 2014, the title was his third in a row at a Belmont fall meet. Ortiz, 24, also topped the standings at Saratoga in 2015, and the Belmont spring meet in 2014, in addition to winning several Aqueduct titles.

"I can't complain about tying for the title," Ortiz said. "We worked hard and had a good meet."

Castellano, who has won three consecutive Eclipse Awards as the leading rider in North America, has now won the Belmont fall meet three times. He also topped the standings in 2013 and 2011.

Castellano, 39, won the Belmont spring meet title in 2015, 2014, and 2013, and was the leading rider at Saratoga in 2014 and 2013. He also has several Aqueduct titles.

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Following his win in the Chelsey Flower, which tied him with Ortiz, he said, "Of course I want to win the title but I like to do my job every single day. I’m looking to win every time out but sometimes you get it and sometimes you can’t. I’ve been very fortunate and very lucky to be participating with the some of the best jockeys in the country.”

This is the first time since the the 2015 Belmont fall meet that Jose Ortiz did not finish first in the standings. Ortiz has won this year's Saratoga, Belmont, and Aqueduct spring titles. He ended 2015 by winning the Aqueduct fall meet.

Ortiz spent much of this month riding at Keeneland, where he won 10 races.

Rodriguez had 30 wins and held a one-win lead in the trainer standings entering Sunday's card, but did not win with either of his two starters. Brown went 1 for 3 to tie him.

Brown, won the Belmont fall meet title for the fifth year in a row. He also has won the Saratoga title and Belmont spring title this year. Brown won more races in New York in 2015 than any other trainer.

Rodriguez closed out 2015 by winning the Aqueduct fall meet and began this year by winning the Aqueduct spring meet. This is the second time he has topped the Belmont fall meet standings. He also did it in 2010.

In the owner standings, Michael Dub and his partners won 16 races, five more than runners-up David Jacobson and Seth Klarman's Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence.