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Goncalves, Patrick Win Thoroughbred Titles

The 2011 Thoroughbred meet came to a close Sunday, Oct. 23 awarding Leandro Goncalves with his second straight leading rider title. The Brazilian jockey won three races on the closing day card, including the fifth leg of the $33,000 Don K. Memorial Starter Handicap Series aboard Tutti Buona Gente.

Goncalves_leader_2011_102311.jpgThe riding triple placed Goncalves one win ahead of his total in 2010 with 104 wins for the 62-day meet. Goncalves earned more than $2.1 million in purse earnings during the meet, which was just shy of his track record setting year in 2010 with a total of $2,405,286. Fernando De La Cruz finished second with a total of 81 wins while Hoosier Park’s all-time leading rider Rodney Prescott was third with 50 wins.

Goncalves is currently ranked fourth in the nation for wins this year. He will finish out the meet at Keeneland and then ride at Churchill Downs in November before heading to Tampa Bay Downs for the winter. Goncalves plans to return to the Indiana circuit in the spring when racing resumes at Indiana Downs.

Goncalves was joined by jock’s agent Jimmy McNerney in the winner’s circle for his trophy presentation by racing secretary Kevin Greely. Goncalves adds the award to his two titles at Indiana Downs and one title from Turfway Park.

In the trainer ranks, Gary Patrick earned his third leading trainer title at Hoosier Park with 36 wins. Patrick also topped the owner charts for the second straight year with 36 wins.

A native of Circleville, Ohio, Patrick won his first leading trainer title at Hoosier Park in 1998 and picked up his second title in 2002. He is currently ranked second on the list of all-time leading trainers at Hoosier Park behind Ralph Martinez. Patrick was followed in the standings by Barbara McBride and last year’s leading trainer Tom Amoss, who each ended the season with 19 wins.

patrick_leader_2011_102311.jpgThe owner title for Patrick was his second in the 17-year history of Hoosier Park. Patrick also earned leading owner honors during the 1998 season. Mitchell Hunt and Dale Smith’s Hunt and Smith Ventures finished second with 14 wins.

Patrick was joined in the winner’s circle by members of his family, including his wife, Cindy, a former jockey, and his daughter Cheyenna. Also in attendance were his son and granddaughter for the presentation by Greely and Mike Brown, executive director of the Indiana HBPA.