• The week’s significant milestones, facts and figures
2 Guillermo Arizkorreta
Germany: A breakthrough weekend for Spanish racing as Guillermo Arizkorreta, the nation’s champion trainer for the last nine years (and 11 altogether), achieved a notable landmark with a Group-race double at Baden-Baden, Germany’s most prestigious meeting.
Having never before earned an internationally recognised Group winner, Arizkorreta won Germany’s biggest sprint on Saturday’s card when he saddled 30-1 longshot Kitty Marion to a neck victory on the G3 Goldene Peitsche – the ‘Golden Whip’ – under Czech jockey Vaclav Janacek.
On Sunday the Madrid-based trainer did even better, stepping up to G2 company as four-year-old Rodaballo short-headed Jin Jin to win the Oettingen Rennen. “A dream has come true for me,” said winning rider Jose Luis Martinez.
1,000 Ger Lyons
Ireland: Classic-winning trainer Ger Lyons had the 1,000th winner of his career on Monday August 30 when front-runner Offiah won a handicap at Roscommon under stable jockey Colin Keane, who had reached his own century for 2021 two days earlier at Navan.
Former jump jockey Lyons, who is based at Glenburnie Stables in County Meath, saddled his first winner with two-year-old Maelalong at Navan in October 1994. In 2020, he won the Irish 2,000 Guineas with Siskin and the Irish Oaks with Even So.
100 William Buick
GB: Godolphin rider William Buick brought up the century for the official season when Eve Johnson Houghton-trained Flame Of Freedom got up on the line at Epsom on Bank Holiday Monday [August 30].
“It is always nice to get to 100 winners in a season and we will keep on moving on,” said the jockey. “The big winners are obvious but the everyday stuff is important as well. The season is not finished so we don’t want to be doing too much looking back but both Hurricane Lane and Adayar are horses I’m looking forward to riding again.”
Buick, 33, certainly didn’t rest on his laurels, either, riding six winners in a row later in the week as he went from two rides at Lingfield on Friday and four more at Haydock on Saturday. He ended the weekend’s racing in second place behind reigning champion Oisin Murphy in the title race, with 122 playing 109.
64 Luis Saez
USA: Saratoga’s 40-day summer meet concluded on Labor Day [Sept 6] with Luis Saez earning his first riding title on the NYRA circuit with 64 wins highlighted by Essential Quality’s Travers Stakes win,
The Panamanian, who is 29, finished eight ahead of Irad Ortiz, while Chad Brown again led the trainers’ list with 41 victories. Brown has won the Saratoga title four times altogether – but in prestige terms he was outdone by Steve Asmussen, who won five G1s at the meeting.
Asmussen’s haul was completed at the weekend with victories in both Saratoga’s G1 two-year-old races via Echo Zulu (Spinaway) and Gunite (Hopeful). Both horses are by Asmussen’s 2017 horse of the year Gun Runner.
15 Bob Baffert
USA: For various reasons, Bob Baffert has made a lot of headlines this year. Then again, he usually does when it comes to Del Mar’s showpiece juvenile races, and he duly won both the Debutante and Futurity over the weekend with Grace Adler and Pinehurst respectively.
This is the sixth time Baffert has achieved the double; all told, he has won the Debutante ten times and the Futurity 15 times. Unsurprisingly, both are record marks.
Leading rider at Del Mar’s summer meet, which ended on Monday [Sept 6], was Flavien Prat with 47 victories. Prat was completing a hat-trick in riding titles; he has now won five of the last six (solo or shared). Peter Miller was leading trainer with 26 wins.
30 Mickael Barzalona
France: French racing’s summer ‘holiday’ on Normandy’s Cote Fleurie in Deauville ended with jockey Mickael Barzalona leading the way with a record-breaking 30 victories (also including racing at Clairefontaine). The 30-year-old’s biggest success of the prestigious August meet came on Marianafoot in the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest.