Weekly jockey review, 9/27/17; Castellano in command at Belmont

Time for a review of the week that was in horse racing from a jockey perspective. See who’s riding well as September rolls on and don’t forget about FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game this weekend!

Belmont

Javier Castellano continues to hold the lead at the Belmont fall meeting with 16 victories. He won five times over the course of four days, including Sunday’s John Hettinger stakes atop Fourstar Crook. Castellano made a pit stop at Parx for Pennsylvania Derby day and came away with a win in the Alphabet Soup Stakes on Firsthand Report.

Irad Ortiz Jr., Joel Rosario and Luis Saez are all tied for second at 12 wins apiece. Ortiz has ridden far more times than Rosario and Saez (89 to 67 and 55, respectively), and leads all riders in purse money earned and top three finishes. His 13% win rate is bound to increase as the meet progresses.

Rosario won six times last week, including the Grade III Noble Damsel on Off Limits. Saez won five times at Belmont, including the Joseph A. Gimma and Gallant Bloom, and went to Charles Town on Saturday and won the Charles Town Oaks on Tequilita.

Churchill

Corey Lanerie has extended his lead to five over Brian Hernandez Jr. and Florent Geroux with one week of racing to go. Lanerie won six last week to boost his meet total to 12. Hernandez won just twice last week while Geroux won five times.

Chris Landeros has been making his presence felt from just 23 mounts, as he’s up to six wins.

Jon Court took last week’s lone stake, the Dogwood, atop Pinch Hit on Saturday. Court is sixth on the Churchill jockey leaderboard with four wins, one behind Julien Leparoux.

Los Alamitos

Evin Roman won his second straight jockey title at Los Alamitos, closing with 17 wins at the three-week meet. He was five clear of Brayan Pena in second after winning six during the meet’s closing stanza. Finishing in a four-way tie for third at seven wins apiece were Stewart Elliott, Edwin Maldonado, Martin Pedroza and Tyler Baze.

Los Al’s final September stake, the Barretts Juvenile, went to Flavien Prat and Run Away. It was Prat’s only win from four total mounts at the meet. He should be back full-time on the SoCal circuit as Santa Anita re-opens this Friday.

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