Weekly jockey review, 3/15/17; Castellano super at Santa Anita

Time to review last week’s races from across the country and see which jockeys are currently riding the best. Be sure to use this information to your advantage when playing FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!


Irad Ortiz Jr. stayed atop the standings and earned three wins last week, boosting his meet total to 46. Manny Franco (41 wins) won just one race last week, but he made it count as it came in the Stymie Stakes on Sunny Ridge. Kendrick Carmouche (40) made significant headway toward second place, winning four races last week. Rajiv Maragh, sitting in fourth with 37 wins, won five races during the three-day racing week, including the Grade III Tom Fool Handicap with Spartiatis.


Luis Saez had another highly productive week, winning seven races and placing in another 12 from 30 mounts. He widened his lead over Paco Lopez to 89-76. Lopez had a decent week himself, winning three at Gulfstream before venturing to Tampa Bay on Saturday and winning the Hillsborough Stakes.

Tyler Gaffalione, who’d struggled the last few weeks, won seven races from 29 mounts. He now sits in third with 53 wins, two better than Nik Juarez.

Santa Anita

The rich got richer at “The Great Race Place” last week, as meet leaders Flavien Prat and Tyler Baze combined for 12 wins from 52 mounts. Prat won seven while Baze took five, so Prat extended his lead at the meet to 48-39. However, Prat was shut out from stakes glory on Santa Anita Handicap day. Baze, however, managed to win the Grade I Triple Bend on Denman’s Call (16-1) thanks to a perfect, rail-skimming ride.

Javier Castellano was brilliant when invading Santa Anita on Saturday, winning consecutive Grade Is. He took the Kilroe Mile on Bal a Bali (9-1) before winning the Santa Anita Handicap on Shaman Ghost.


John Velazquez was off the board in the Tampa Bay Derby on Sonic Mule but managed to win three races on the undercard, including the Challenger Stakes on Stanford. That trio of wins came after a three-win day at Gulfstream, which included a confidence-builder on stakes-placed Jay Gatsby.

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