09/05/2017 2:00PM

Navarro poised to break mark for wins by trainer

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Jorge Navarro after his 56th win at last year's meet at Monmouth Park. He had 59 wins by the end of the meet, a track mark that he equalled over the weekend.

Jorge Navarro, who long ago locked up his fifth consecutive Monmouth Park training title, went 3 for 7 over the holiday weekend, equaling the meet record of 59 wins that he set in 2016.

Navarro also set a record for wins on a Monmouth card July 23, when he sent out five winners. Sharp Azteca, whom he trains, set a track record for 1 1/16 miles when he won the Monmouth Cup on Haskell Day in 1:40.19.

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Nik Juarez, who will be riding at Belmont Park and Aqueduct this fall, has clinched his first career riding title. Coming into closing weekend, he has 70 winners, 19 more than Jose Ferrer in second.

Monmouth concludes its season this weekend with Saturday and Sunday cards. An eight-day all-turf meet will be held at the Meadowlands from Sept. 22 through Oct. 28. Racing will be held on six straight Saturday nights and the final two Sundays in September.