The Spa Spot: Day 39 wrap
Tens of thousands of people turned out for the final giveaway of the season Sunday and those who stuck around saw some history made at old Saratoga.
Though he has one more day to add to his totals, Ramon Dominguez had a day of days in what has been a brilliant season. For the second time this season, he rode six winners on a program. The only other jockey to do that at Saratoga - so the records say - is John Velazquez, who did it on Sept. 3, 2001. The fifth of those wins enabled Dominguez to eclipse Velazquez' record for wins in a season.
Two stakes were run, with Dominguez winning the Grade 3 Saranac on Unbridled Command and Javier Castellano taking the Grade 1 Spinaway aboard So Many Ways.
- NYRA announced the attendance for the day at 59,187, which is a two-percent jump from last year's number. Not everyone took their blankets and left, though; the on-track handle was up 10 percent to $3,936,309. The total handle spiked 18 percent to $17,656,821. With great weather, NYRA is having a strong finish to the 144th season of racing in Saratoga Springs.
- Todd Pletcher was winless Sunday, but clinched his ninth training title. He has 35 wins, seven more than Chad Brown, who has four entered on Monday. Pletcher has horses entered in six races and could top his record of 38 wins set last year.
- Mike Repole has 13 victories and is on the verge of clinching his third-straight owner's title. Michael Dubb has 12 winners, but has none entered on Monday. Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence have three runners entered Monday and could tie Repole.
- Two horses were vanned off early in the program, but neither one apparently suffered serious injuries. Seniors Pride, who ran in the first, was reported to be lame. Darley's Antipathy sustained some abrasions to her right front leg in the second race and was given a ride back to her barn after she was pulled up in the gallop-out after the race.