Contessa, Dominguez Capture Belmont Titles
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 7/26/2009 6:06:59 PM
Last Updated: 7/27/2009 8:33:18 AM

Jockey Ramon Dominguez
Photo: Coglianese Phots

(from Belmont Park)

Jockey Ramon Dominguez and trainer Gary Contessa continued to dominate the competition in New York. Dominguez ran away with the jockey title for the 64-day spring/summer meet at Belmont Park and Contessa edged Christophe Clement for the training title.

Dominguez rode three winners on closing day as he set a modern-day record for victories with 98 winners for the meet. He earlier broke Hall of Famer Angel Cordero Jr.’s mark of 92 set during the 1982 Belmont Park meet. Finishing second among riders was Rajiv Maragh, with 71 winners.

Contessa, who has been the leading trainer in New York for the past three years, saddled 25 winners from 208 starts, while Clement finished up with 23 winners from 82 starts.

Dominguez and Contessa also were the leading jockey and trainer at Aqueduct Racetrack’s inner track meet and the spring meet.

Carl Lizza was the leading owner for the Belmont spring meet for the second time with 15 winners, two more than runner-up Steve Sigler and Winning Move Stable. Lizza’s Flying Zee Stable was the leading owner at Belmont in 2006 as well.

Thoroughbred racing moves upstate to Saratoga Race Course for 36 days beginning July 29 and running through Labor Day, Aug. 7.



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