Weekly jockey review, 8/9/17; Saratoga, Del Mar updates

Racing continues at Saratoga and Del Mar, and there was plenty of movement going on in the jockey standings. Catch up on how your favorite jockeys are doing here, and don’t forget to check out FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!

Del Mar

Apprentice Evin Roman remains atop the leaderboard with another week at Del Mar in the books. He has 19 wins, six better than Flavien Prat in second. However, Prat continues to lead in earnings, as he just cleared the $1 million plateau. Roman has earned just under $700k as of Monday. His total was bolstered by a win in Wednesday’s CTBA Stakes.

Rafael Bejarano sits in third with 11 wins after recording another two victories last week. Joe Talamo trails Bejarano by just one after tallying five wins in a five-day span.

Veteran riders Gary Stevens and Corey Nakatani are making their impressions felt as well. Stevens won four races from just 10 starts last week, including Sunday’s Grade III La Jolla Handicap on Sharp Samurai. Nakatani won four races as well in only seven starts, tying Stevens at seven wins apiece for the entire meet.

Drayden Van Dyke was also highly successful last week, winning four races from 10 mounts. He won the week’s biggest stake, the Grade II Yellow Ribbon Handicap, aboard Cambodia on Saturday. Van Dyke is now 10th in the rider standings with six victories.

Saratoga

Jose Ortiz holds a 24-23 lead over Irad Ortiz Jr. after three weeks of racing at Saratoga. He won seven times in six days, including the Grade I Test aboard American Gal. Ortiz Jr. won eight races but failed to register a stakes victory.

Javier Castellano doubled his win total at the meet by striking eight times last week. That included two stakes scores; the Shine Again (Carina Mia) and the Grade III Waya (Estrechada).

John Velazquez has spotted plenty of mounts to his competition but won six times last week, including the Birdstone and Alydar Stakes. He’s tied for third with Castellano at 16 wins.

Manny Franco caught fire last week after a poor beginning, winning five times. He won three straight races on Sunday’s card, triggering a $1,846 Pick Three payout!

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