Weekly jockey review, 8/2/17; Jose Ortiz on top at Saratoga after 11-win week

The final week of July saw multiple Grade I races held across the country from Saratoga to Del Mar. We’ll recap the action here and see which jockeys are on top of their game at the moment. As always, remember to consider this information when playing FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!

Del Mar

Evin Roman won five races last week to take the lead by one (11-10) over Flavien Prat with two weeks in the books. He’s ridden in more races (67) than any jockey on the grounds. Prat, however, has far more in purse earnings than Roman ($818k to $422k) after winning last week’s Real Good Deal and Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes.

Rafael Bejarano won just two races last week on the heels of an incredible seven-win week. He currently sits in third place, three ahead of Tyler Baze and Santiago Gonzalez. Gonzalez won five last week and is making the most of his limited opportunities (27 starts).

Southern Cal mainstays Kent Desormeaux and Joe Talamo are tied for sixth with five wins each after two weeks of racing.


Paco Lopez and Javier Castellano each won a pair of stakes on a stacked Sunday card at Monmouth. Lopez was aboard Sharp Azteca for a record-setting score in the Monmouth Cup and took the Molly Pitcher with Money’soncharlotte. Castellano teamed up with Chad Brown for victories in the Monmouth Stakes (Money Multiplier) and the Matchmaker (Wekeela).

Not much has changed in the overall standings; Nik Juarez continues to hold a safe lead over Antonio Gallardo (52-36).


The seesaw battle continues for the Ortiz brothers with two weeks gone by at “The Spa.” Jose shows the way over Irad, 17-16, after an 11-win week. His lone stake score came with Paulassilverlining in the Grade II Honorable Miss. Irad struck nine times but failed to win a stake.

John Velazquez had a solid seven-win week and took three stakes (Curlin, Amsterdam and Shuvee). Castellano also won seven despite riding at Monmouth on Sunday, recovering from a very slow start to the meet. He guided El Deal home to victory in the Grade I Alfred G. Vanderbilt.

Joel Rosario and Luis Saez are tied for fifth with six wins each, while Jose Lezcano and Ricardo Santana Jr. are hot on their heels with five wins apiece.

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