Linda Rice earned the leading trainer title at Aqueduct’s winter meet, which concluded Sunday. Rice captured 45 wins at the stand to claim her first New York Racing Association meet title since 2017. Manny Franco was the meet’s leading jockey with 98 wins and Michael Dubb led all owners.
“It’s always nice to win a training title; Saratoga was my first, and I’ve finished second at the Aqueduct winter meet a few times, so it’s nice to get the win,” Rice said.
Dubb, NYRA’s year-ending leading owner in seven of the last nine years, closed the meet with 15 wins. Drawing Away Stable was second with 10 wins.
“It means a lot,” Dubb said. “Everybody who was involved worked hard and made good decisions and good choices and put the horses in the right spots. New York racing is what it’s all about. To be number one in New York is what it’s all about to me. The winter is kind of an under-the-radar meet, but I think it’s important to race in New York year-round and support New York racing in the winter, and I’m thrilled to be part of it.”
The 12-day 2019 Aqueduct spring meet begins Apr. 5 and is highlighted by the Apr. 6 GII Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets.