The week before the Kentucky Derby was a busy one as Keeneland ended its spring meet while Churchill and Belmont began new racing seasons. Let’s see which jockeys did best at those tracks while also taking a look at Santa Anita later on. Be sure to take this information into account when playing FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
Joel Rosario won three races in the last three days at the Keeneland spring meeting to clinch the rider title. Rosario, who took the lead on opening weekend and never looked back, finished with 17 victories. He was two clear of Corey Lanerie in second (more on him later), while Julien Leparoux and Javier Castellano tied for third (12 wins each).
Leparoux led all riders in money earned with just over $1.3 million in purses. Rosario was second in that category with over $1.2 million.
John Velazquez scored in three of his last four mounts at Keeneland before traveling north to New York for Belmont’s opening weekend, and he was equally lethal there. Velazquez won five races from 15 starts to take the early lead at the Belmont spring meet. He also tallied four additional ITM finishes.
Jose Ortiz and Manny Franco forged a tie through three cards, winning three races apiece. However, Ortiz managed one more ITM finish than Franco did (six to five) from two more mounts.
Irad Ortiz Jr. was off to a slow start by his standards, winning just two races from 17 starts. He made those two wins count though, as they came in Saturday’s Elusive Quality Stakes and Sunday’s License Fee Stakes.
Corey Lanerie rode a hot hand into Churchill’s opening Saturday card and came away with the lead in the jockey standings going into Tuesday. Lanerie had a three-win evening at the Louisville oval, while Joe Rocco Jr. and Brian Hernandez Jr. each won two.
Rafael Bejarano maintained the lead in both wins and purse money earned after another week at “The Great Race Place.” Bejarano won five to put himself at 12 wins from 43 starts, two clear of winter meet victor Flavien Prat, who also won five last week. Chief among Bejarano’s five victories was his score in Sunday’s Santa Barbara Stakes aboard Evo Campo.
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