Weekly jockey review, 2/15/17; victorious Velazquez

Time to take a look back at the week in racing and focus on the jockey performances that stood out. This information could be vital toward success in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game, so read carefully!


Manny Franco, leading all riders in mounts (135) at “The Big A,” visited the winner’s circle eight times last week. He had three winners on Friday, another four on Saturday, and added one on Sunday for good measure. His four-win Saturday was striking because he was able to win four consecutive races, completing the early Pick Four ($85.50).

Rajiv Maragh had four wins of his own on Friday, helping him protect his third-place standing amongst the jockey colony. He’s already eclipsed his win and purse money totals from an injury-plagued 2016.

Franco and Maragh are currently nip-and-tuck in the standings, with Maragh maintaining a 25-24 edge in wins. Franco has about a $100,000 advantage in purse money won though.


With a ton of elite riders competing at Gulfstream, it can be tough for one jockey to stick out. Such was the case last week, but Tyler Gaffalione made his argument for top honors by winning seven races from 33 starts. He remains tops in mounts but is still third in wins (43) and has a long way to go to catch Paco Lopez (54) and Luis Saez (66).

Javier Castellano continues to be ruthlessly efficient, winning another five from just 22 mounts while placing in seven others. He’s fifth in the win column at Gulfstream despite spotting his competitors about 100 mounts each.


John Velazquez won Thursday’s Just One More Stakes with Third Day at Gulfstream before heading to Tampa Bay on Saturday. He failed to place in the Sam F. Davis but won both the Endeavor and the Tampa Bay Stakes. He played to his horses’ strengths each time, carving out perfect trips for both Isabella Sings and Inspector Lynley. Velazquez is now third amongst jockeys across the country in purse money with just over $2 million earned.

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