Hernandez, O'Neill Top Standings at Santa Anita Classic Meet

Juan Hernandez | Benoit

Juan Hernandez topped the riding standings and Doug O'Neill was the top trainer at Santa Anita's 46-day Classic Meet which concluded Sunday.

For Hernandez, a 32-year-old native of Veracruz, Mexico, this was his fifth riding title at Santa Anita. He finished with 53 wins from 245 mounts and also led all jockeys in earnings with $3,683,348.

“I just want to say thank you to everybody for all the support,” Hernandez said. “All the owners, trainers and all the people on the backside. The grooms, the gallop boys, because they do a lot of hard work over there and I only do the easy part. I'm really happy and I'm going to try to keep working hard.”

O'Neill won the trainer's title with 30 wins from 163 starts. He finished one win ahead of Mark Glatt. This was O'Neill's ninth Santa Anita trainer's title and first since the 2021 Autumn Meet.

“It is all the result of just great owners, great horses, great staff and a lot of luck,” said O'Neill. “I'm just grateful to be at the Great Race Place. I'm grateful to work alongside a lot of great men and women that have the same passion that I do. I'm just happy to work alongside horses. It is truly an honor.”

Hronis Racing narrowly won the owner's title with 11 wins at the Classic Meet, one more than Reddam Racing.

Racing resumes at Santa Anita Apr. 19 with the start of the Hollywood Meet.H

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