Weekly jockey review, 7/19/17; Jose Ortiz bests his brother at Belmont

Belmont and Los Alamitos wrapped up this week, setting the stage for the summer’s premier venues; Saratoga and Del Mar! Let’s take a look at how some of the country’s best jockeys fared along both coasts. Don’t forget to check out FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!

Belmont

Jose Ortiz caught and passed his brother Irad in Belmont’s closing weeks, and he held serve over the last four racing days to win the rider title. He had 65 wins to his brother’s 61. Jose also had a commanding lead in earnings ($6.5 million to Irad’s $4.6 million) thanks to his wins in the Belmont Stakes and Belmont Derby.

Manny Franco had a nice meet as well, taking third place with 47 victories. Joel Rosario was fourth with 43 wins, while Luis Saez checked in fifth with 41. Those are just a few of the names to keep an eye on as racing moves to Saratoga this Friday.

Los Alamitos

Evin Roman picked up where he left off at Santa Anita, winning 13 times in 44 starts over eight days. He won the riding title handily over Mario Gutierrez, who was second with five victories.

Tiago Pereira had the second-most mounts of the brief meet (23) and won four times, tying Martin Garcia and apprentice Laura Werner. Pereira was second in earnings (Roman topped him $277K to $217K) thanks in part to a win in the Grade II Great Lady M Stakes on Skye Diamonds.

Monmouth

Nik Juarez continues to dominate at Monmouth Park. He leads Antonio Gallardo 44-26 after winning another three races last week, including the Boiling Springs Stakes on Lipstick City. Juarez has a commanding lead in purse money earned as well ($1.2 million to Paco Lopez’s $750K).

Juarez will shake some serious competition at the Jersey oval for a while, as Paco Lopez and Joe Bravo are expected to ride at Saratoga full-time.

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