With two weeks remaining in the 2019 Saratoga race meet, the cream has kept rising.
Given a bevy of top horses to choose from, this year with a wider disparity of class levels, Chad Brown has been drowning his rivals, owning a 25-12 advantage over second-leading trainer, Todd Pletcher.
Six trainers are tied with 9 wins each.
As for jockeys, pick an Ortiz. Actually that’s not true, as the younger Jose has widened his advantage over older Irad Jr., 44-35. Next in line are Javier Castellano (29), Luis Saez (26) and Joel Rosario (23).
Favorites continue to top the universally accepted average. The public has chosen the winner 110 times from 284 chances, a winning average of 38.7%.
Sunday’s mandatory payoff for the new 20-Cent Empire 6 was a worthy $12,547.40. Winners in the sequence paid $17.80, 3.90, 12.80, 14.00, 3.20 and 19.40, respectively; good value given two potential singles and no double-digit-odds winners.