Weekly jockey review, 4/19/17; Santana on top at Oaklawn again

Time to review the results at the nation’s premier tracks and see which jockeys are on top of their games. As always, be sure to review this information before playing FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!

Aqueduct

Irad Ortiz Jr. won five races at “The Big A” despite riding there only two days. Ortiz Jr. racked up some frequent flier miles by traveling to Keeneland, but he did not win on either of his stakes mounts. The closest he came to graded stakes glory was a narrowly-beaten second in the Jenny Wiley on Lady Eli. He is well on his way to leading rider honors once more, as he leads Rajiv Maragh 21-11.

Maragh had a highly productive week, winning seven races from 19 starts. He emerged in second place in the rider standings with one week left to go at the meet. Manny Franco, who won Saturday’s featured Plenty of Grace Stakes aboard Light in Paris, had a four-win week to secure third place in the standings (10 total).

Keeneland

Joel Rosario has taken advantage of his opportunities and has forged to the top of the standings after two weeks. Rosario had five wins spread out over the last five days and now has nine on the meet. Close behind is Julien Leparoux with eight, four of which came last week. He did not ride at Keeneland over the weekend, as he was seen winning the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn aboard Classic Empire. Leparoux leads all riders in purse money earned with just over $1 million.

Javier Castellano currently sits third with seven wins but spots his two rivals over 10 mounts each. Castellano won a pair at Keeneland during the week, including the Grade I Maker’s 46 Mile on American Patriot.

Santa Anita

Martin Pedroza is a surprising leader one week through the spring meet at “The Great Race Place.” The veteran jockey has four wins from nine starts. Joe Talamo had a three-win week and currently enjoys the lead in purse money earned with over $130k banked.

Martin Garcia won the week’s most lucrative race, the $100,000 Los Angeles, on Lord Simba while Rafael Bejarano scored in the San Pedro with Aristocratic.

Oaklawn

Ricardo Santana Jr. once again earned leading rider honors at Oaklawn Park, topping Ramon Vazquez 53-47. Santana won six races from 32 starts in the final week of racing, including the Grade III Count Fleet Sprint on Whitmore.

Geovanni Franco and Alex Canchari tied for third with 45 wins each; encouraging results for the two young riders.

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