Winter has arrived in New York, as racing shifts to the inner track on Wednesday, and jockey Ramon Dominguez and trainer David Jacobson celebrated wins by topping the standings at the fall meeting which ended on Sunday
Dominguez won the 20th NYRA meeting of his career despite sitting on the sidelines the past couple of weeks with a bruised foot, topping the jockey standings with 32 winners from 97 mounts, with purse winnings that totaled $1,938,859.
The 36-year old has been the dominant rider in New York again this year, taking the Aqueduct inner track, Belmont Park spring/summer, Saratoga, and Belmont Park fall meet titles.
Jose L. Ortiz had an outstanding meeting, landing second in the jockey standings with 24 winners from 134 mounts, with purse earnings of $889,371.
Cornelio Velasquez was third with 22 winners from his 128 mounts, with purse earnings of $1,034,301.
David Jacobson topped the trainer standings with 19 winners from 51 starters, with purses that totaled $604,545. The barn stayed busy at the claim box and won with 4 of 12 first off the claim and was 4 for 10 with runners making their second start off the claim.
Rudy Rodriguez came up one short, saddling 18 winners from his 48 starters with purses that totaled $806,516. The barn won with three of four first off the claim at the meeting.
The barn won six stakes at the meeting including the Tempted (G3) with My Happy Face and The East View and a New York Stallion Series race with Kelli Got Frosty.
Todd Pletcher was third in the standings with 14 winners and led in purses earnings with $1,248,215. Nine of the 14 winners at the meeting were in stakes races, five graded.
Among the chilliest barns at the meeting were Gary Sciacca (0 for 30) Tom Albertrani (1 for 30), Bruce Brown (0 for 24), Naipaul Chatterpaul (1 for 25) and Mark Hennig (1 for 26).
Drawing Away Stable was the leading owner with 11 victories. Michael Dubb was second with eight winners and Repole Stable was third with seven.
Michael Dempsey provides his full card handicapping report each racing day from New York. His Aqueduct Report is available every day Wednesday through Sunday. Michael has covered the New York circuit daily for more than two decades.