Weekly jockey review, 2/8/17; Rosario resurgent at Gulfstream

Let’s take a look back at last week’s racing and highlight the jockey performances that stood out. In case you missed it, here’s last week’s inaugural installment. As always, be sure to use this information when taking part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!

Aqueduct

Irad Ortiz Jr. had a splendid Super Bowl Sunday, hitting the board on all eight of his mounts (two wins). In fact, Ortiz Jr. was out of the money only three times in the 28 races he rode last week. He boosted his ITM percentage at the meet to a staggering 73% as a result.

Gulfstream

Luis Saez had 38 mounts from Wednesday to Sunday and amassed 11 wins (29%) and 20 total ITM finishes (53%). That included a personal Pick 3 ($267.60) from Races 2 to 4 on Sunday in which he brought home a 21-1 shot. Saez also upset Saturday’s Forward Gal Stakes with 14-1 shot Tequilita. Saez now leads Paco Lopez by 11 wins for top rider at the meet.

Speaking of Lopez, he made the most of a week in which he had only 22 mounts, hitting the board 11 times (five wins).

Joel Rosario enjoyed a renaissance of sorts this week, hitting the board on 10 of his 16 mounts. He even swept the late double on Saturday, winning the Sweetest Chant (Rymska) and the Holy Bull (Irish War Cry). Rosario has been in a prolonged slump (he’s currently 16th in the standings with just eight wins); perhaps this is the start of a turnaround.

Santa Anita

Flavien Prat pulled away authoritatively from Tyler Baze in the jockey standings this week, turning a 21-21 tie into a 29-21 lead going into Thursday’s card. Among those wins was a sweep of Saturday’s late double; the San Antonio (Hoppertunity) and the San Marcos (Isotherm).

Oaklawn

Ricardo Santana Jr. had a very productive week, grinding out 20 ITM finishes from 28 mounts (72%). Seven of those finishes were wins. Despite missing the meet’s first week due to a suspension, Santana Jr. is just seven wins off the pace set by Ramon Vasquez.

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