Brown secures Aqueduct spring meet practice title, Carmouche edges Davis for riding crown – Reuters Sports News

Four-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Chad Brown captured his second consecutive Aqueduct Spring Competition title when he conditioned 13 horses to victory during the 15-day meeting. Brown also won last year’s spring meet with 10 wins.

Brown finished the game with $1,018,560 in total earnings and a record of 39-13-9-5, with a 33.33% win rate and an impressive 69.23 cash percentage. The 44-year-old conditioner also won the 2018 Aqueduct Spring Competition and has been NYRA’s main trainer every year since 2015.

“I’m very happy with the competition,” said Brown. “As always, I greatly appreciate the efforts of the horses and my team, who are doing a great job. NYRA has a really good race and stakes schedule in place for the month of April at Aqueduct, and that’s something we really pointed to.

The Brown and Klaravich stables had a successful closing weekend at the Big A, sending unanimous consent to go undefeated in the $100,000 Woodhaven on Saturday and Consumer Spending to take the last stakes of the competition in the Memories of Silver at $100,000 Sunday.

Other meeting highlights for Brown include a Grade 3 Withers Winner’s Game runner-up effort, Early Voting in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial presented by Resorts World Casino on April 9 and a significant allocation score with a stakes pipeline that garnered a 102 Beyer Speed ​​figure. April 22.

“We plan a lot during the winter to come up north and race back to our base in New York for better prize money, so it’s good when your patience is rewarded,” Brown said.

Hall of Fame coach Todd Pletcher finished second with a record 30-8-3-6 and $966,268 in total purse earnings, followed by Jeffrey Englehart in third with a record 23-7-3- 1 and $233,790 in scholarships.

It was a tight battle between jockeys Dylan Davis and Kendrick Carmouche for the title of top rider with Carmouche leading with 19 wins to take his second NYRA title, finishing one win ahead of Davis.

Carmouche finished with a record 62-19-6-8 and $919,463 in earnings, while Davis finished with a record 104-18-17-17 and $1,170,049 in earnings. Trevor McCarthy finished third with a record of 105-15-17-16 and $1,060,496 in prize money.

Carmouche, a 38-year-old from Vinton, Louisiana, put the card two wins ahead of Davis and saw his lead reduced to one after Davis won the opener aboard Fast N Fearious. Carmouche cut their lead to two with a win aboard Love’s Misery in Race 2 before Davis rode Subsidize to victory in Race 4. Carmouche’s one-win advantage held until the end of the nine-race card, giving Carmouche his first driver’s title since guiding 23 horses to victory to claim top honors at the Aqueduct’s 2020 fall competition.

“I’m very grateful to all the trainers and everyone who worked to give me the support to ride these horses and the confidence,” Carmouche said. “It means a lot to me and my family and I’m ready for the next title.

“Each one is a memorable victory,” added Carmouche. “It brings out more confidence in you that you can compete every day.”

Carmouche, who rode 42 fewer mounts than Davis throughout the competition, said he relished every opportunity to ride.

“I’m at the point, at my age, where I don’t want to ride as much anymore,” Carmouche said. “Six or seven is good for me, and I want to get the most out of every mount. On every mount, I try my best to win and at the end of the day I really want to come back safe.

Seth Klarman’s Klaravich Stables came out on top as major owners with each of their seven winners trained by Brown. In total, the outfit posted a record of 23-7-6-1 with total winnings of $669,920. Klaravich Stables also won the 2021-22 Aqueduct Winter Competition title with 10 wins.

“Seth Klarman is extremely patient and we do a lot of long term planning together for the stable and our first area of ​​focus is always supporting New York first as we begin to plan our schedule for our horses, c is where our base is and welcomes us year-round,” Brown said of his long-time client. “We are very excited to participate in the program and enjoy our partnership working with NYRA and their racing schedule.”

Darryl E. Abramowitz finished second to Klaravich Stables, posting a 5-4-1-0 record with $130,700 in earnings. Repole Stable finished third with an 11-3-1-2 record and $248,015 in earnings.

Live racing resumes Thursday on the opening day of the spring/summer meet at Belmont Park with a nine-race card. The first post is at 1:20 p.m. (ET).

Clyde P. Johnson