Weekly jockey review, 5/31/17; Irad Ortiz Jr’s memorable Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend gave us plenty to discuss in this week’s jockey review. We’ll visit several of the country’s major circuits and see which riders are thriving and which are losing ground. As always, you can apply this information when playing FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!


The Ortiz brothers are first and second after another week of racing at Belmont Park. Irad, who’s been in front since day one, won a trio over the span of four days to run his total up to 28. He was at Santa Anita on Saturday and had a three-win day there, including the Grade I Gamely aboard Lady Eli.

Jose won eight races last week to get up to 23 wins on the meet. He passed some big names along the way, including Javier Castellano, who Saturday’s Paradise Creek Stakes on Big Handsome, and John Velazquez, who won five races in 20 starts.


Corey Lanerie continues to lead the way at Churchill, winning nine races to boost his total to 32. He had a personal Pick Three from races two to four on Thursday that paid $48.40.

Brian Hernandez Jr., second place with 21 wins, won six last week, including the Winning Colors Stakes on Finley’sluckycharm. Julien Leparoux, tied for third at 16 wins with Florent Geroux, won the week’s other stakes race, the Keertana, on Daring Duchess.


Pimlico’s brief meeting came to end on Monday with a three-way tie atop the jockey standings. Horacio Karamanos, Feargal Lynch and Kevin Gomez had seven wins each, with six riders tied behind them at six wins apiece. Racing resumes in the Maryland area on June 9 at Laurel.

Santa Anita

Flavien Prat had a highly productive week, winning six races from 25 starts. Chief among those victories was the Monrovia Stakes, which he took down with Illuminant. Prat now has a clear lead over Joe Talamo, 27-22.

Talamo won just two races last week but he made them count as he swept Monday’s stakes. He was aboard S Y Sky in the Melair and Marckie’s Water in the Snow Chief. Rafael Bejarano, third with 21 wins, won just once but it was with Cupid in the Santa Anita Gold Cup.

Tyler Baze, tied for fifth at 14 wins with Tiago Pereira, will be even further back at the end of next week. He was handed a three-day suspension for causing interference in Friday’s third race.

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