Time for a review of last week’s races to see which jockeys are shining brightest at the moment. Be sure to check out FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game and use this information to your advantage!
There will only be three days of racing per week through March at “The Big A,” so time is running out for Manny Franco and Kendrick Carmouche to catch Irad Ortiz Jr. for the inner meet title.
Franco won four last week to get to 40 wins, while Carmouche won two, including the Heavenly Prize on Isabelle. Carmouche is now third at the meet with 36 wins, four ahead of Rajiv Maragh. Ortiz Jr. won one race on Sunday to boost his total to 43, and leads all riders in purse money earned as well.
Cornelio Velasquez, sitting in fifth with 24 wins but from significantly fewer mounts, won four last week.
Javier Castellano and Julien Leparoux excelled on Fountain of Youth day last Saturday, each winning multiple stakes races.
Castellano took the feature event with Gunnevera, along with the Grade II Mac Diarmida Stakes (Wake Forest). He’d add one more win that day to go along with two wins each from Thursday and Sunday.
Leparoux won four races on Saturday, three of which were stakes. The first stakes score came in the Grade III Herecomesthebride with a perfectly-timed ride on Dream Dancing. He followed that with a smooth, stalking score in the Grade III Fred Hooper with Bird Song, and later in the day Leparoux went gate-to-wire in the Grade III Canadian Turf with Heart to Heart.
Luis Saez, who won five last week but was shut out on Saturday, still holds a sizeable lead (nine over Paco Lopez).
Wins were well-spread out amongst the jockey colony this week. In fact, 10 different jockeys made trips to the winner’s circle on a 10-race card last Saturday. But Norberto Arroyo Jr. managed to win five races from just eight mounts in a four-day span. All of those mounts came for leading trainer Peter Miller, who’s been using Arroyo Jr. as one of his “go-to guys” this meet. Chief among those wins was Arroyo’s victory in the Joe Hernandez Stakes with Stormy Liberal. Arroyo has spotted plenty of mounts to his competition, but he’s still sitting sixth at 18 wins for the meet.
Martin Pedroza, who won three this week, is humming along nicely at age 51. He has 13 wins at the meet and 49 ITM finishes from 99 mounts.
Flavien Prat continues to lead Tyler Baze for top honors, 41-34. Kent Desormeaux is third with 24 wins and Rafael Bejarano, who returned to the saddle after a three-week hiatus, won a race on Saturday to ensure a share of fourth going into the new racing week (19 wins, tied with Joe Talamo).
Robby Albarado won six races in total last week, four at the Fair Grounds and two at Aqueduct. His biggest win came in the Grade III Gotham Stakes with J Boys Echo.
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