Chad Brown won his second straight Belmont Park spring-summer meet title

Chad Brown won his second straight Belmont Park spring-summer meet title

Anne M. Eberhardt

Jose Ortiz, Brown, Dubb Win Belmont Meet Titles

Belmont Park's spring-summer meet ran April 28 through July 16.

Trainer Chad Brown won his second straight Belmont Park spring-summer individual meet title, while jockey Jose Ortiz posted two victories July 16, closing day, to clinch the riding title for a second straight year.

Michael Dubb was the meet's leading owner with 18 victories and earnings of $1,121,189.

Brown, the New York Racing Association's leading trainer in 2015-16, saddled 40 winners from 148 starts for an impressive 27%, posting earnings of more than $4.9 million. His entries finished on the board 57% of the time.

Brown's Antonoe won the grade 1 Longines Just a Game Stakes June 10, and New Money Honey, Sistercharlie, and Uni finished 1-2-3 in the Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes (G1T) as part of the Stars & Stripes Racing Festival July 8.

Ortiz tallied 65 wins with earnings of more than $6.5 million for the 54-day meet, outdistancing his brother, Irad Ortiz Jr., who was second with 61 wins. Jose Ortiz, who captured his NYRA year-end riding crown in 2016, had a 20% win percentage aboard mounts for the spring-summer meet.

Ortiz won three grade 1 races in the meet, highlighted by his first Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) win aboard Tapwrit. The same day, he piloted Ascend to victory in the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Stakes (G1T). Ortiz also rode Oscar Performance in an impressive effort in the Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (G1T) July 8.

Dubb's win total was eight more than the next closest owner, Paul Pompa Jr.

Dubb has finished atop NYRA's year-end owner standings for three straight years and five overall, taking home top honors in 2010, 2012, and 2014-16.