Weekly jockey review, 2/22/17; Franco flourishing at Aqueduct

Time to review last week’s racing action with a careful eye on jockeys that are succeeding at their respective circuits. Don’t forget to use this information each week when playing FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!

Aqueduct

Manny Franco won nine races from 35 mounts last week, including the $100,000 Broadway Stakes aboard Hot City Girl. Franco continues to lead the circuit in mounts (170) and has closed to be within one win of Irad Ortiz Jr. (who leads 34-33).

Kendrick Carmouche had a productive week as well, winning six races from 21 opportunities. He also went to Laurel on Saturday and managed to win the Wide Country Stakes with China Grove. Carmouche is now tied with Franco at 33 wins apiece at the meet.

The aforementioned Ortiz, who’s seen a once-commanding lead at the meet diminished, had a very slow week by his standards. He won only three races at Aqueduct (22 mounts), and only one win from eight mounts at Laurel on Saturday.

Gulfstream

Luis Saez maintained his lead at the meet by winning eight races from 37 mounts during the six-day racing week. He was particularly strong on Saturday and Sunday, winning three races each day. Chief among those victories was his score in Saturday’s Grade II Royal Delta with Curlin’s Approval.

John Velazquez had an excellent week, winning six races from just 14 mounts at Gulfstream. He also picked up a second in the Royal Delta with Mo’ Green. The highlight of his week was his lone mount at Oaklawn on Monday, as he won the Grade III Southwest Stakes with One Liner.

Santa Anita

Meet-leader Flavien Prat picked up another five wins at Santa Anita last week, including a victory in the Grade III Buena Vista on Wild At Heart. He was blanked on the 11-race President’s Day card, but managed five ITM finishes from eight starts. One of those came aboard Elwood J, the third-place finisher in the Baffle Stakes.

Tyler Baze, who trails Prat 37-30, matched his French colleague with five wins last week, but from four fewer mounts. He was able to beat Prat ‘mano-a-mano’ in Monday’s seventh, grinding out a gate-to-wire score on Minister’s Curl (9-1) while nosing out Prat and Jill Madden (4-5 favorite).

Kent Desormeaux, sitting in third with 21 wins but from far fewer mounts than Prat and Baze, won two races on Monday’s card, including a salty allowance event on Follow Me Crev thanks to a superb, ground-saving ride. Follow Me Crev is now being considered for the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on Mar. 11.

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