Weekly jockey review, 4/26/17; Irad alone atop Aqueduct standings

Let’s review the week that was in horse racing and see which jockeys excelled and which have been unlucky. Be sure to weigh this information if you’re playing FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!

Aqueduct

Irad Ortiz Jr. wrapped up another NYRA riding title with an impressive month of April at “The Big A.” Ortiz led all riders in mounts (110) and wins (30), finishing well-clear of runner-up Rajiv Maragh (14 wins). And Ortiz did not slouch in the closing days at Aqueduct, as he won nine races from Wednesday through Sunday. He ended with a staggering 73% ITM finish rate.

Angel Arroyo had a breakthrough five-win week from just 18 starts and earned third-place honors at the Aqueduct spring meet (12 wins). He’ll be looking to ride that momentum into Belmont’s spring season, which begins on Friday.

Junior Alvarado, who was having a nice “comeback meet” (40-8-7-6 record) after not racing due to injury for the entire winter may miss the start of the Belmont meet due to a spill he took in Sunday’s fifth race.

Keeneland

Joel Rosario holds a two-win lead over Javier Castellano (14-12) with just three days left before racing moves to Churchill. Rosario, however, has ridden in 13 more races than Castellano (51-38), whose travels took him to Charles Town this Saturday. Castellano’s trip to West Virginia was highly successful, as he won the Charles Town Classic with Imperative.

Just behind this pair on the leaderboard is purse money leader Julien Leparoux, who has 10 wins from 59 mounts. Corey Lanerie is the only other rider at the meet with double-digit wins (10).

Florent Geroux has been a bit unlucky at this meet, as he has only five wins from 62 starts. He does have 20 additional ITM finishes though, suggesting he is still riding very sharply.

Santa Anita

Rafael Bejarano is back to his customary spot on the Southern Cal circuit’s leaderboard; first place. He won five races from just 14 starts to boost his meet total to seven victories.

Joe Talamo made three trips to the winner’s circle last week, and is currently in second place with six wins. Prat matched Talamo’s output from Thursday to Sunday, but spots him one win two weeks into the new meet.

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