Weekly jockey review, 3/1/17; Ortiz brothers boss competition

Let’s go over some noteworthy jockey performances from last week. As always, be sure to put this information to use in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!

Aqueduct

Irad Ortiz Jr. showed why he’s the current meet leader and one of the best in the country this week. He opened the racing week on Friday with a clean sweep of the early Pick Three before tacking on a fourth win for good measure later in the day. He then won three on Saturday, including the $150k Busher Stakes on Yorkiepoo Princess. Sunday was a bit slower with just one win, but he hit the board on all six of his mounts. Ortiz Jr. enters this week ahead of Manny Franco 42-36.

Gulfstream

Jose Ortiz has been a mercenary in 2017, riding at Aqueduct, Gulfstream, Oaklawn and even Tampa in pursuit of the biggest purses of the week. He put on a show at Gulfstream this week, posting 19 ITM finishes from 26 mounts (73%). That featured eight wins, including a clean sweep of races six through nine on Thursday, and a victory in the Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes on Unified.

Santa Anita

Flavien Prat and Tyler Baze kept pace with each other this week, winning three races apiece (though Prat won the Tiznow Stakes on Avanti Bello over Baze and Grazen Sky). Prat leads Baze in wins (39-33), as well as purse money earned ($2.57 million to $1.53 million).

Joe Talamo was the winningest jockey of the week, amassing four victories over three days (12 mounts). Talamo is now fifth in the standings with 16 wins, two behind Rafael Bejarano.

Bejarano, who hasn’t ridden since Feb. 11 due to minor injuries and a three-day suspension, will return to the races next week.

Fair Grounds

Florent Geroux had an exceptional week, even for his standards. He won 16 races from 34 mounts during a five-day racing week that concluded on Mardi Gras (Feb. 28). Geroux also had seven additional ITM finishes.

He was unable to win a graded stake on a big Saturday card at the Louisiana venue, but Geroux guided Hogy to victory in the Colonel Power Overnight Stakes in track-record time that day. Geroux continues to boast a commanding lead over Robby Albarado in the jockey standings (74 to 45).

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