Brown, Castellano, Klaravich Earn Belmont Stakes Racing Festival Titles

Chad Brown, Javier Castello and Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence earned top honors in the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival Championship presented by NYRA Bets for best overall performance by a trainer, jockey and owner, respectively, during the three-day event at Belmont Park.

The competition, based on a 5-3-2-1 point basis, began with the first race on Thursday, June 8 and continued through the 12th race on Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 10, one race after Tapwrit surged to a commanding victory over favored Irish War Cry in the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets. The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival featured 19 stakes races and nearly $10 million in total purses.

The category for the “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons Award for Outstanding Trainer saw Brown, NYRA's top conditioner of 2016 and last year's BSRF winner, atop the leaderboard with 48 points. Among Brown's major wins over the three-day span were Antonoe's victory in the Grade 1 Longines Just a Game and New Money Honey and Fifty Five's first and second in the Grade 3 Wonder Again. Brown also had seven runner-up finishes, including Time Test in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan and Paid Up Subscriber, second to Songbird in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps.

Castellano edged Belmont Stakes winning rider Jose Ortiz by a single point, 50-49, to win the Eddie Arcaro Award. Among his victories were the Grade 1 Longines Just a Game with Antonoe, the Grade 2 Brooklyn with War Story, New Money Honey in the Grade 3 Wonder Again and I Still Miss You's win the Astoria.

Earning the August Belmont II trophy were Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence with 15 points.

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