09/01/2013 6:42PM

Saratoga: Pletcher, Castellano, Ramseys win meet titles

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Barbara D. Livingston
Todd Pletcher won his 10th Saratoga trainers' title at this summer's meet.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – There never was any real suspense in the race for leading owner, trainer, and jockey at the sesquicentennial Saratoga meet. On Sunday, one day before the meet ended, the leaders in those categories were honored in a ceremony in the winner’s circle following the seventh race.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey have won 22 races, setting a single-meet record at Saratoga, 11 more than Darley Stable and Drawing Away. The Ramseys had horses in three of Monday’s 10 races.

Todd Pletcher won his 10th Saratoga trainers’ title and his fourth straight. He ended Sunday’s card with 35 wins, three short of his 2011 record of 38, and has horses entered in five races Monday. Chad Brown was second with 24 wins.

Javier Castellano won his first Saratoga riding title. After three more wins Sunday, Castellano had 61 heading into closing day, 16 more than John Velazquez.

“The leading jockey title at Saratoga is special for anyone; any jockey would want to win this title,” Castellano said. “I’m very proud to participate with the best jockeys in the country.”

Castellano acknowledged that he was aided by Joel Rosario breaking his foot Aug.  23, ending his meet. At the time, Castellano led Rosario by seven winners.

“I think it would have been a good match,” Castellano said. “I feel bad for him.”

Castellano has won 17 races for Chad Brown at this meet and six for Pletcher, including the Alabama Stakes and Coaching Club American Oaks on Princess of Sylmar.

The Alabama and Coaching Club were two of four Grade 1 wins and 14 stakes victories overall for Pletcher, who also won 14 stakes in 2011. He won five Grade 1 races in 2010.

“Top to bottom, it was maybe our most well-rounded meet,” Pletcher said. “All the horses ran well; would have loved to have topped it off with the Travers, but that one slipped away from us.”

Pletcher said winning his first Saratoga trainers’ title in 1998 was “one of those fist-pump moments, and then when you get to 10, it’s more time to reflect a little bit and kind of appreciate the entire body of work.”

There will be little time to reflect for Pletcher, who will be at Keeneland on Friday to begin looking at yearlings who will be possible 2-year-old prospects for him to run up here next summer.

Ken Ramsey won the owners’ title in 2008-09 and made it a priority to win it again this year, ending Mike Repole’s three-year reign at the top. When Saturday Nthe Park won Sunday’s sixth race, it was the Ramseys’ 22nd win of the meet.“Very happy; couldn’t be more pleased,” Ken Ramsey said. “Twenty-two – that’s a great number to hang up anyplace, especially a place like Saratoga.”

dsmartin38 More than 1 year ago
Mr.&Mrs. Ramsey are well deserving of anything good that comes their way. They are wonderful people who have poured their heart, soul and money into a tough game where profits are rare. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Ramsey by chance a few years ago at Gulfstream, what a gentlemen. He has a huge heart and cares. The way he takes care of has wife is over outstanding. HE IS A MANS MAN.
Sam Shelby More than 1 year ago
You got to give it to the Ramseys, they sure know what they are doing.
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Congrats to all especially KEN RAMSEY who walked the talk. "He said to look out was going to win the owners race. Castellano rode great the whole meet and the other well the DECK IS KIND OF STACKED.
Paul More than 1 year ago
J.J. is a top notch Rider. 61 wins at any track is great. Here are some stats for Bill Ware to read. In 2010 J.J was 6th in the nation for Jockey Earnings. In 2011 he was 3rd. and in 2012 he was 2nd. Total wins at Saratoga since 2008 to 2012, Ramon 233, Johnny V 203, J.J. 199. Out of those 3 he has the highest TOI at 1.78. He is in the top 3 every year. He is no bum. J.J. can't help that Joel and Ramon got injured, But he still beat what many feel is the best Rider right now Johnny V, and by 16 to date. Ya Bill maybe you are right, he is a bum! J.J. can ride my horse any day!
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
It didn't seem to me that Mr. Ware called anyone a "bum". Javier had a great meet. for sure. But I do think the availability of more quality mounts do to others absence was a contributing factor to the margin. He probably would have won the title anyway. Who can say? But I also would not call it a "hollow title" either. Personally not a huge Johnny V fan either.
Bill Ware More than 1 year ago
With Rosario hurt and Ramon out, coupled with the most quality mounts .....enjoy your "hollow" title. The new guys that impressed were Joe Rocco, Jose Leczano, and Gabe Saez. The Ramsey's are always tough at the Spa.
riggle More than 1 year ago
New guys,Joe Rocco and Jose Lezcano??? Was Gabriel Saez even at saratoga??
Tim More than 1 year ago
" hollow title"???? What title have you earned???? And when u state something please state the truth Gabriel Saez hasnt had a mount at the spa all season.. Sounds like your bitter comments reflect all those losing tickets you've complied during the meet.. Theresa tittle for you " spas biggest loser" drum roll please
myjockwon More than 1 year ago
there's no cure for stupidity
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Grazyna Mianska More than 1 year ago
Your uncle joesph must raise porkers.
HRoberish More than 1 year ago
Let's see. Pletcher wins 4 straight trainer titles commencing with the abolition of the race-day holding tent @ Saratoga. How curious. I'm sure it is just a coincidence!
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Captain obvious portion of the program, wow
Nicholas Heaven More than 1 year ago
Go javier. Couple of breeders cup wins now and u win da eclipse award for outsyanding jockey