Time to go over the action at Belmont, Churchill and Santa Anita as Breeders’ Cup prep season continues! Keeneland opens later this week, and that should feature another tense jockey battle as well. See how your favorite riders are doing here, and consider these trends when playing FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
Irad Ortiz Jr. has eclipsed Javier Castellano in earnings, but Castellano still leads in wins, 21-19, despite spotting 35 mounts. Castellano was shut out on Turf Classic day, but managed to win Sunday’s Temperance Hill Invitational on Madefromlucky. Ortiz Jr. took home Sunday’s Grade III Miss Grillo atop Significant Form.
Luis Saez won five last week to stay in striking range of the leaders at 17 wins. Chief among those victories was the Grade III Pilgrim Stakes (Seabhac). Joel Rosario, fourth with 14 wins, took the Jose Hirsch Turf Classic on Beach Patrol. John Velazquez (10 wins), rounds out the top five after a five-win week.
Churchill’s brief September meet came to a close on Sunday with Corey Lanerie emerging victorious. He won 25 times in just 11 racing days, crushing runners-up Brian Hernandez Jr. and Florent Geroux (10 wins each). Lanerie won at least three times each of the last four racing days and scored in both the Lukas Classic and the Ack Ack on Saturday. Racing moves Keeneland on Friday, and the jockey battle promises to be much more competitive.
Flavien Prat and Drayden Van Dyke are tied at four wins each with one week of racing in the books. Prat took nine more mounts but won three Grade Is on Saturday, including the Zenyatta, Chandelier and Rodeo Drive. Van Dyke upset Saturday’s Awesome Again atop Mubtaahij.
Joe Talamo and Corey Nakatani are tied for third at three wins apiece, though Nakatani rode just six times. Nakatani was aboard for scores in the FrontRunner (Bolt D’Oro) and Unzip Me Stakes (Storm the Hill). Talamo did not record a stakes victory but hit the board in four of the six stakes on Saturday.
Tyler Baze and Martin Pedroza each won a pair, so they share fifth after three days of racing.
Riders off to a slow start include Rafael Bejarano (1-for-19), Evin Roman (1-for-17), Kent Desormeaux (1-for-14), and Mario Gutierrez (1-for-13).
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