For the fourth time in the past six years, Kosta and Pete Hronis were Del Mar owner champions after yet another stellar summer at the shore for the brothers from Delano, CA.
The pair, who fly their silks under the name Hronis Racing, won a meet-leading total of 11 races along with $1,277,954 in purses, proving best in both departments for the second year in a row. Previously, they had been leading owners at the shore oval in 2014 and 2013, and had been in the top five in both 2016 and 2015.
The Hronis' big gun at the session was their star Accelerate, who turned in a record-breaking performance in the $1-million TVG Pacific Classic, scoring by 12-1/2 lengths in the Grade I mile and a quarter. The brothers also unveiled a superstar in waiting in the double stakes winner Catalina Cruiser, who took honors in the San Diego and Pat O'Brien at the session. Both horses are expected to be major factors in this year's Breeders' Cup.
2018 Leading Owners (July 18 to September 3)
Name Starts Wins Purses
Hronis Racing 44 11 $1,277,954
Rockingham Ranch 26 10 $359,645
Reddam Racing 54 7 $750,665
Red Baron's Barn,
Rancho Temescal 51 6 $429,785
Gary Barber 20 6 $397,020
Kaleem Shah 14 5 $473,680
Jay Em Ess Stable 15 4 $226,755
Ruis Racing 16 4 $151,695
OXO Equine 6 3 $270,345
Gary and Mary West 3 3 $252,000
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