Chad Brown Stable 1-2 in Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

September 28, 2015 -- Trainer Chad Brown went 1-2 in the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic with Big Blue Kitten and Slumber at Belmont Park Saturday, elevating him to second in the North American trainer standings with current year purses of $13,739,798.

Todd Pletcher leads the trainer standings with $20,260,605. Bob Baffert dropped to third with $13,221,781.

American Pharoah tops the equine standings with $5,538,800. California Chrome is second with $2,100,000 and Frosted is third with $1,912,200.

Javier Castellano continues to lead the jockey standings with current year purses totaling $21,200,937. John Velasquez is second with $15,884,973 and Irad Ortiz, Jr. is third with $15,687,791.

Equine earnings are for all starters of at least one race in North America and include earnings from all international races. Trainer and jockey standings are for North American-based individuals but include earnings from select international races.

Click HERE for the weekly leaders through September 27, 2015.

Notable News:

Santa Anita Wins Simulcast Award Honors

TRA Release
October 7, 2015

ELKTON, MD— Santa Anita was declared the winner of this year’s Simulcast Award at the 23rd annual International Simulcast Conference in Clearwater Beach, Fla. The Arcadia, Calif. track previously won the award in 2000 and 2001.

The Simulcast Award honors excellence in the presentation of a racetrack’s live race product to its simulcast outlets. A panel of five judges selected the winners as best among the 14 North American racetracks entered for consideration.

The judges cited Santa Anita’s readable presentation, packed with information yet easy to read, along with its excellent display of results, payouts and fractions. One judge said, “It was a pleasure to watch”, while another noted that it was easy for newcomers to grasp and understand the data. Their multiple camera shots with virtually unobstructed views of the starters were also cited.

The 14 track entries were the actual simulcast audio and video transmission of a single race sent to wagering outlets. Each entry included the pre-race features, odds, will-pays, commentaries, the actual running of the race, the results, and post-race features. Santa Anita’s winning entry originally aired June 27, 2015.

The winning production had noteworthy competition from other vote-getting tracks including Saratoga, Keeneland, Hoosier Park, Los Alamitos and Woodbine. Each received first, second or third-place votes on several ballots.

Previous winners of the award are Churchill Downs (1997), Turfway Park (1998), Penn National (1999), Santa Anita Park (2000-01), Hollywood Park (2002), Keeneland (2003, 2008-9, 2011-4), Los Alamitos (2007), Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (2005), and Woodbine Entertainment Group (2004, 2006-7, 2010, 2012).

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