It was a busy holiday weekend in the horse racing world. There were extra days of racing, high-class stakes heats and meet finales going on across the country. We’ll recap how some of the game’s best jockeys fared at various tracks from Belmont to Santa Anita here. Be sure to consider this information carefully for the purposes of FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
It was business as usual for the Ortiz brothers at Belmont last week. Irad, leading with 57 wins, won seven times while Jose (51 wins) scored eight times. Irad won Sunday’s Saginaw Stakes aboard Diversify while Jose won two stakes; the Perfect Sting (On Leave) and the State Dinner (Seymourdini).
Joel Rosario, tied for fifth with 31 victories, had a solid seven-win week that included a pair of stakes triumphs; the Grade II Mother Goose (Unchained Melody) and the Manila (Bricks and Mortar).
Corey Lanerie put the finishing touches on a spectacular Churchill meet with a riding double on the closing Friday card. He topped Brian Hernandez Jr. 58-47. Lanerie got started on the right foot at Ellis Park, home of summer racing in Kentucky, winning six times on opening week. Hernandez, also riding at Ellis, brought home four winners.
Tyler Gaffalione crushed the competition at the recently-concluded spring meet at Gulfstream (98-72 over Edgard Zayas) and got his summer started in a big way. He won seven times on Gulfstream’s Independence Day card, matching the record set by Jerry Bailey. However, Gaffalione was unable to notch a stakes victory on a busy Saturday at Gulfstream. Edgard Zayas, on the other hand, took home two stakes (The Brave Raj and the Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint) and placed in three more while Luis Saez had a Saturday hat trick that included the Grade II Princess Rooney on Curlin’s Approval.
Nik Juarez has reaped the benefits of having the most mounts of anyone at Monmouth, notching 35 wins up to this point. He leads Jose Ferrer by 12.
Joe Bravo and Paco Lopez, veterans of the circuit, had notable performances last week. Bravo won the Grade I United Nations on Saturday with Bigger Picture before traveling to Parx and winning the Grade III Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes on Fourstar Crook on Tuesday. Lopez won three on Saturday and two on Sunday, including the Lady’s Secret Stakes aboard Money’soncharlotte.
Flavien Prat and Evin Roman finished the spring meet tied at 41 wins apiece. Prat was more efficient (177 mounts compared to 194) and was far ahead in earnings ($2.1 million to $1.3 million), but Roman was ultra-impressive for an apprentice.
Joe Talamo (37 wins) had a solid meet, riding more than any other jockey (215 times). Rafael Bejarano checked in fourth (33 wins).
Racing in Southern California moves to Los Alamitos for two weeks, beginning this Thursday.
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