This is the first of a weekly series of articles highlighting jockeys that did well in the week that was. If you see a jockey on a hot streak, you might want to give him or her extra consideration when playing FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
Irad Ortiz Jr. built on an already terrific Aqueduct meet over the weekend, as he compiled four wins on Saturday and another three on Sunday. Ortiz Jr. leads all riders at the current Aqueduct meet with 22 wins, and is hitting the board at an astonishing rate (68%).
Kendrick Carmouche, currently second in wins at Aqueduct (19), had a tremendous Sunday, winning four races on an eight-race card.
Mike Smith walked away with the most prize money this weekend, but that was due to his win aboard Arrogate in the Pegasus World Cup.
Tyler Gaffalione grinded out a very productive week at Gulfstream. He hit the board four times on Friday (two wins), won the McKnight Handicap with Taghleeb on Saturday, and had six ITM finishes on Sunday (one win). Gaffalione currently has the most mounts of anyone at the meet (243) and boasts 33 wins through Sunday.
Nik Juarez continues to make noise at big prices. His biggest win of the week came in Saturday’s Ladies’ Turf Sprint Stakes with Pretty Perfection ($29.80). He also managed to hit the board with Empress of the Nile in Race 4 ($14.00 to show) and Borsa Vento in Race 8 ($17.00 to place). Juarez is currently ninth in purse money earned ($806,999) but third in wins (34).
Tyler Baze has been sharp at Santa Anita; he’s tied atop the leaderboard with Flavien Prat at 20 wins apiece. The highlight of his week was a pair of wins on Cal Cup day (Enola Gray in the Filly & Mare Turf Sprint and Sircat Sully in the Oaks) to go with three other ITM results.
Florent Geroux, the leading rider at the Fair Grounds, won four races there mid-week before venturing to Gulfstream and Sam Houston. Geroux hit the board in one start (four mounts) on the Pegasus undercard before moving to Sam Houston on Sunday. There he recorded one win (Hip Hop N Jazz in the Houston Distaff) and placed in three other stakes races, including the Houston Ladies’ Classic with I’m A Chatterbox.
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