By Blood Horse
For all of the photo finishes at Saratoga Race Course during a weather-shortened 39-day meet, the races for top honors among horsemen and jockeys turned out to be anti-climactic.
Champion honors went to trainer Chad Brown, owner Seth Klarman of Klaravich Stable and jockey Jose Ortiz, with Brown lapping the field and Klarman falling three wins shy of matching Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s record of 22 wins in 2013.
Heading into the Sept. 2 final day of racing at the Spa, Brown had 41 wins, putting him 22 wins ahead of second-place Todd Pletcher, who had 19. Steve Asmussen and Jeremiah Englehart were a distant third with 14 apiece.
On the owners’ side, Klaravich, which had no runners on the final day of racing, led runner-up Michael Dubb by a margin of 19-12.
Jose Ortiz had a lead of 59-52 over his brother, Irad Ortiz Jr., and clinched the crown after Monday’s sixth race to claim his third Spa riding crown.