Berkeley, Calif.—Jockey Evin Roman, trainer Jonathan Wong, and owner Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC finished at the top of the standings in their respective categories at the recently concluded 2022 Winter/Spring meeting at Golden Gate Fields. The Winter/Spring meet, one of three race meetings annually at Golden Gate, ran from December 26, 2021, through last Sunday, June 12.
24-year-old Puerto Rican native Evin Roman won the most races out of any jockey at the 2022 Winter/Spring meet with 87 trips to the winner’s circle. He finished the meet four wins ahead of runner-up Pedro Terrero and earned $1,745,152 in purse winnings. Earlier in his career, Roman earned five riding titles at tracks in Southern California throughout 2017 and was awarded the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Rider that year.
Bay Area native Jonathan Wong picked up his fifth consecutive training title at the 2022 Winter/Spring meet. Wong started the most horses out of any conditioner by a large margin and accrued 71 wins from 349 starters at the meeting, equating to a 20%-win rate. Wong won a pair of stakes races during the meet with California-bred Bettor Trip Nick in the El Dorado Shooter Stakes and Sadie Bluegrass in the Camilla Urso Stakes for filly and mare turf sprinters.
Tom and Debi Stull’s Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC scored 19 wins from 90 starters and won the most races out of any owner at the meet. Top runner from their outfit includes graded stakes placed sprinter Dynasty of Her Own, the speedy Day Plan, 3-year-old colt As Amatter of Fact, and Opening Buzz, who earned a 92 Beyer speed figure for a dazzling maiden win closing week. All of the Tommy Town horses were trained by Jonathan Wong.
Bay Area horse racing moves to the Northern California fair circuit for the next two months, with live racing at Pleasanton, Sacramento, and Santa Rosa. Pleasanton and Sacramento are run by the California Association of Racing Fairs (CARF) while Santa Rosa campaigns as its own entity. *Friday, August 26 is a tentative Opening Day date for Golden Gate Fields to begin its summer race meet, though the summer dates must be approved by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) before any dates are finalized and official.
*dates subject to change
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Jockey Evin Roman (above) won the most races out of any rider at the Golden Gate Fields Winter/Spring meet of 2022 (Vassar Photography)