Weekly jockey review, 6/21/17; all hail Hernandez

Let’s review the week that was in horse racing and see which jockeys are presently in front of the pack. We’ll discuss the action at some of the major circuit meetings currently taking place, including Belmont, Churchill and Santa Anita. As always, be sure to apply this information when taking part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!

Belmont

The brothers Ortiz are tied atop the Belmont leaderboard at 40 victories with a month’s worth of racing to go. Irad won six races last week while Jose won four, but Jose has a commanding $1 million lead in earnings. Manny Franco sits 11 wins behind the Ortiz brothers while third after winning three times last week.

Luis Saez got a late start to the Belmont meet but he poured it on last week, winning nine times. He currently sits sixth with 25 wins, two shy of Javier Castellano and John Velazquez. Dylan Davis also had a hot hand in the week that was at Belmont, notching five victories.

Interestingly, no jockey in the top 15 is winning better than 20% of the time, so the wins have been fairly distributed at “Big Sandy.”

Churchill

Corey Lanerie had a seemingly insurmountable lead, but with two weeks left in the meet, Brian Hernandez Jr. has cut the deficit to eight wins (46-38). Lanerie won just once in 32 starts while Hernandez won eight times in 24 starts. Stephen Foster night was a particularly big one for Hernandez, who won five times. He took three straight ending with the Matt Winn, which McCraken won with ease, and triggered a $90.60 Pick Three. Hernandez also won both ends of the late double ($7.40).

Churchill mainstays and fellow Frenchmen Julien Leparoux and Florent Geroux also had big weeks. Leparoux won six races while Geroux won five, including the aforementioned Stephen Foster atop Gun Runner.

Santa Anita

Flavien Prat (34) leads the way with just two weeks left, but suspensions for two separate riding incidents will cause him to miss the remainder of the meet.

Rafael Bejarano sits second with 31 wins (first in earnings) after winning a pair of races in 12 starts. He got Faypien across the wire first in Saturday’s Grade II Summertime Oaks.

Evin Roman continues to get more and more mounts and he’s making them count, as he won another four races last week. He now sits fourth in the standings with 28 wins, two behind Joe Talamo.

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