With the winter portion of Santa Anita's current 47-day meet drawing to a close, jockey Joel Rosario topped Flavien Prat by a 56-52 margin, and will thus be the recipient of Santa Anita's coveted Golden Whip Award. Rosario, 34, capped his successful run with victory aboard the John Sadler-conditioned Gift Box in the 82ndrunning of the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap on Saturday. A native of the Dominican Republic, Rosario was also Santa Anita's Winter Meet leader in 2011 and 2012.
Prat, a 24-year-old native of Melun, France, led all jockeys in the stakes-won department, as he posted 12 added money victories, four more than Rosario.
Doug O'Neill, 50 led all trainers with 29 wins, four more than John Sadler, who had 25. O'Neill also led all Winter Meet conditioners in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and thus collected his fourth training title.
Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer enjoyed another solid meet, as his stable registered seven stakes wins, including a victory in Saturday's Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes with Vasilika.
Hronis Racing, LLC totally dominated in the owners' division, both by races and money-won. With a total of 18 wins at the meet, they finished 12 wins in front of both Reddam Racing, LLC and Nick Alexander. In the money-won category, Hronis Racing, aided by yesterday's $600,000 Big 'Cap win with Gift Box, amassed $1,325,015 in earnings from 64 starters—double Speedway Stable LLC's $642,245.
With the Spring/Summer portion of the current meet scheduled to run through June 23, Santa Anita will conduct two consecutive three-day race weeks over the next two weekends, with first post time each day at 1 p.m. The track will be open for simulcast wagering on Wednesday and Thursday, beginning at 10 a.m. the Grandstand Paddock Room.
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