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Castellano, Brown, Dubb Win Belmont Festival Competition


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Javier Castellano, Chad Brown and Michael Dubb landed top honors for performances by a jockey, trainer and owner, respectively, during last week’s Belmont Stakes Racing Festival Championship. The competition began with the first race last Thursday, June 7 and continued through the Belmont Day finale. Points were awarded points on a 5-3-2-1 basis.

Castellano registered five wins from 26 mounts over the three days and his mounts amassed $1.2 million in purses to earn him the Eddie Arcaro award. Castellano road The Queen’s Call To Mind (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) to victory in Friday’s GII Belmont Gold Cup, was also aboard Lewis Bay (Bernardini) in winning the GIII Bed O’Roses S. and finished second atop Gronkowski (Lonhro {Aus}) in the GI Belmont S.

Brown earned the ‘Sunny Jim’ Fitzsimmons Award for outstanding trainer, also going five-for-26, with six runner-up efforts and a pair of thirds. The weekend was highlighted by the victory of A Raving Beauty (Ger) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) in the GI Just A Game S. He also saddled Gronkowski in the Belmont.

Dubb won with four of his nine runners accumulated double the points of his nearest competitor.

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