Juan Hernandez was the leading rider and Phil D’Amato topped the trainer’s list at Santa Anita’s 43-day Classic Meet, which concluded Sunday. Tim and Mark Cohen’s Rancho Temescal and Red Baron’s Barn were the meet’s leading owners.
Hernandez, a 31-year-old native of Veracruz, Mexico won four races on opening day and never slowed down, adding two races on closing day Sunday to give him 63 victories for the meet, more than double that of runner-up Flavien Prat’s 31.
In the all-important stakes-won category, it was Hernandez leading Prat 13 to 11, helping him to top all riders by purse money-won with $4,672,374.
D’Amato won 32 races, five better than Bob Baffert and D’Amato finished with 11 stakes wins, second to Baffert’s 12.
A 57-year-old native of San Pedro, CA, D’Amato earned his third consecutive Classic Meet (formerly Winter/Spring) title and his fourth overall at Santa Anita.
The Cohen family’s Rancho Temescal and Red Baron’s Barn won 13 races, five of them stakes.
Santa Anita’s first-ever Hollywood Meet will open Apr. 21 and run through June 18.
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