This week’s jockey review will focus on Belmont’s opening weekend along with Kentucky Downs and Los Alamitos. See which riders are running hot and cold at their respective circuits, and don’t forget to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
Javier Castellano got off to a great start at Belmont, winning six times in 20 starts. He didn’t win a stake but was on the board in both the Christiecat (Adorable Miss) and the Allied Forces (Big Handsome).
Joel Rosario won four races on opening weekend, including the Allied Forces atop White Flag. That was good enough to secure second place three days into the new meet.
Luis Saez and Angel Arroyo are tied for third at three wins each, while Irad Ortiz Jr. got off to a slow start (two wins in 23 attempts). He’s tied for fifth early on with Manny Franco.
Julien Leparoux has the lead in both wins and earnings four days into the five-day meeting at Kentucky Downs. Leparoux won six times from 23 starts last week, including stakes scores in the Kentucky Turf Cup and Dueling Grounds Oaks. As a result, his lead in earnings over Tyler Gaffalione is commanding ($1 million to $564k).
Florent Geroux and Jose Lezcano are tied for second at four wins apiece, though Geroux has taken far more mounts (20 to 10). However, Geroux has the only stakes score of this pair at the meet (Turf Sprint on Hogy).
Tyler Gaffalione and Brian Hernandez Jr. are tied for fourth at three wins each with one day of racing remaining. Gaffalione has won two stakes so far (One Dreamer and Old Friends), while Hernandez has won one (Ladies Sprint).
The Kentucky Downs season wraps up on Thursday to make way for Churchill Downs, which starts on Friday.
Los Alamitos (TB)
Evin Roman picked up where he left off at July’s Los Al Thoroughbred meet, winning a meet-leading seven times. However, he did not win any stakes. Kent Desormeaux swooped in and won both the Beverly J. Lewis and the E.B. Johnson on Saturday in his only two starts at the meet to date.
Veteran riders Stewart Elliott and Edwin Maldonado are tied for second early on with four wins apiece. They’re clear of Brayan Pena by one.
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