• The week’s significant milestones
9 Dermot Weld
Ireland: Pioneering trainer Dermot Weld equalled Vincent O’Brien’s record mark of nine victories in the Irish St Leger when Search For A Song completed back-to-back successes in Ireland’s final Classic on Sunday [Sept 13].
Weld’s other seven winners include four via Vinnie Roe (2001-2004), two for Vintage Crop (1993, 1994) and one with Voleuse De Coeurs. Having not won a G1 race for 12 months, Weld enjoyed a top-level double on Sunday as Tarnawa won the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp.
Mainly back in the days when the race was still restricted to three-year-olds, O’Brien’s nine Irish St Leger winners were: Barclay (1959), White Gloves (1966), Reindeer (1969), Caucasus (1975), Meneval (1976), Transworld (1977), Gonzales (1980), Leading Counsel (1985) and Dark Lomond (1988).
Magical’s victory in the Irish Champion Stakes extended Aidan O’Brien’s record tally to nine in Ireland’s number one race, established in 1976 as the Joe McGrath Memorial. O’Brien’s winners are: Giant’s Causeway (2000), High Chaparral (2003), Oratorio (2005), Dylan Thomas (2006, 2007), Cape Blanco (2010), So You Think (2011) and Magical (2019, 2020).
300 Adam Beschizza
USA: British jockey Adam Beschizza rode his 300th winner since moving to the States when he partnered Logical Myth to win an allowance race for trainer Joe Sharp at Kentucky Downs on Thursday [Sept 10]. Beschizza had finished seventh on his Kentucky Derby debut on Enforceable five days earlier.
14 Todd Pletcher
USA: With 32 winners, Todd Pletcher topped the trainers’ list at the recently concluded Saratoga 40-day summer meet. He won his first crown in 1998.
“It doesn’t get old and it doesn’t get easier,” said Pletcher, as he wrested the most prestigious US meet title back from Chad Brown for the first time since 2017.
“Someone said to me this morning if I won that it would be the fourth different decade I’ve won a training title and I thought that was kind of cool,” added Pletcher, 53. “I’d say aside from the first one in 1998, this was the next most rewarding.
“Halladay winning the Fourstardave stands out for me. Grade 1 wins are hard to come by and that was a big win.”
Irad Ortiz was leading rider at Saratoga with 59 wins – one more than his younger brother Jose.
1,200 Richard Hannon
GB: Former champion trainer Richard Hannon recorded the 1,200th victory of his career when Mark Of Gold won a Haydock handicap under Sean Levey on Thursday [Sept 10].
1,107 Jack Carava
USA: West coast-based Jack Carava has called time on his training career to become jockey’s agent for Tyler Baze, who is returning full-time to Santa Anita this month after spells in Arkansas and Kentucky.
Carava, 54, trained 1,107 winners. His biggest success came in the G1 Bing Crosby Handicap with Pure As Gold in 2006.