Weekly jockey review, 5/24/17; Castellano’s Pimlico coup

The Preakness Stakes was front-and-center in the horse racing world last week. We’ll review some of the action from Pimlico in addition to our weekly recap of Belmont, Churchill and Santa Anita. As always, be sure to consider this information when taking part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!


Javier Castellano stole the show at Pimlico on Preakness weekend, winning five races in just 15 starts. He was victorious in the illustrious Preakness Stakes aboard Cloud Computing despite having never ridden him before. His other stakes victories from Friday and Saturday include the Pimlico Special (Shaman Ghost), the Hilltop (Happy Mesa) and The Very One (Everything Lovely).

Trevor McCarthy has the lead going into the final week of racing at “Old Hilltop,” but he unfortunately suffered a dislocated shoulder in a spill at Monmouth on Sunday. He is expected to miss several weeks. This opens for the door for some of Maryland’s other top jockeys to grab the boutique meet’s rider title. Steve Hamilton has five wins, while Horacio Karamanos, Feargal Lynch and Jomar Torres are tied at four each.


Irad Ortiz Jr. maintained his command at Belmont by winning six races, but Manny Franco put a dent in the margin by winning on nine of his 32 mounts (28%) last week. Ortiz Jr. leads Franco 25-19 and remains comfortably in front in earnings ($1.6 million compared to just over $1 million).

Not to be outdone by his brother, Jose Ortiz won half a dozen races at “Big Sandy” last week and passed the $1 million purse money plateau.


Corey Lanerie won three on Sunday after riding at Pimlico on Saturday to get to 23 wins on the meet. Brian Hernandez Jr. won four, including the Matron Stakes on Walkabout, to put himself in second with 15 total victories. Interestingly, Lanerie and Hernandez are the only two riders in the top 10 with an ITM finish percentage above 50%.

Ricardo Santana Jr. won three at Churchill last week and made a successful voyage to Pimlico on Saturday. He won the Maryland Sprint Stakes on Whitmore and placed in both the Miss Preakness (Our Majesty) and the James W. Murphy (Chubby Star). He trails third-place jockey Florent Geroux by just one win (12-11).

Santa Anita

The rich got richer at “The Great Race Place” last week. Flavien Prat and Joe Talamo each had five-win weeks while Rafael Bejarano won four. Prat, who won Saturday’s Kona Gold Stakes on Ransom the Moon, enjoys a one-win lead over Talamo and Bejarano (21-20).

Promising apprentice Evin Roman managed to win four races from just 16 mounts last week. He is now fifth in the standings with 11 wins, two behind winter meet runner-up Tyler Baze.

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