The Sonoma County Fair ended it’s 8-day Wine Country Racing meet in dramatic fashion, with the top trainer and top jockey titles coming down to the meet’s final race on August 11.
Following a win in the Robert Dupret Stakes on Tiz Plus in the 8th race of the 9-race final day program, jockey Irving Orozco pulled into a tie in the jockey standings with Kyle Frey, beating Frey’s Contagion by a head for the stakes win.
On the trainers’ side, Isidro Tamayo and Jerry Hollendorfer entered the final race of the meet tied in the standings as well. As fate would have it, Frey had the mount on Tamayo’s Fabriana and Orozco the mount on Hollendorfer’s Wish You Were Mine.
Fabriana trailed throughout the race, but when the horses turned for home, they were first and second. In an intense stretch battle, Frey and Fabriana pulled out the win by less than a length, giving Frey the jockey title and Tamayo the training title.
Despite taking races off the turf the last two days, the meet still handled over $1 million a day in six of the eight race days.