Here’s a round-up of who’s riding hot at some of the nation’s preeminent racing venues. These jockeys will look to keep the momentum going as the lucrative Thanksgiving weekend approaches. Don’t forget to play FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
Irad Ortiz Jr. springboarded to his customary spot atop the Aqueduct leaderboard after a seven-win week. He now leads Manny Franco, 7-6. Franco put forth a strong week himself, posting six victories.
There’s a five-way tie for third through two weeks at five wins each, which speaks to the competitiveness of the jockey colony. Jose Ortiz, Dylan Davis, Kendrick Carmouche, Joe Bravo and Rajiv Maragh are the five dead-even riders. Maragh was the only one of the group to win a stake last week, as he took Sunday’s Staten Island.
Javier Castellano and Jose Lezcano are off to surprisingly slow starts at “The Big A.” The two have combined for just two wins from 42 starts.
Coney Lanerie continues to dominate at his regular haunt, extending his lead over Ricardo Santana Jr. to 10 (20-10). Lanerie, who won seven times last week, has won five straight fall meet titles at Churchill and 14 of the last 16 riding crowns overall. Santana, who recently announced his intentions to winter at Aqueduct, won five races last week.
Miguel Mena won three times last week to secure third place with eight overall victories. Meanwhile, Julien Leparoux finally got on the board with a six-win performance. He is now tied for fourth with Jon Court at six wins apiece.
Florent Geroux, who’s had a slow meet overall (3-for-34), won just once last week but it came in the biggest race of the weekend, the Grade III Commonwealth Turf, atop Mr. Misunderstood. Geroux will soon bolt for the Fair Grounds, where he won the riding title in convincing fashion a year ago.
Flavien Prat remains on top two weeks into Del Mar’s Bing Crosby meet. He won three races, including Sunday’s Betty Grable Stakes with Majestic Heat, over the last three racing days. Prat now stands at 11 total victories, four clear of Evin Roman.
Roman won five times last week to keep second place away from Kent Desormeaux, who won twice last week (both on Sunday). Desormeaux is now a clear third at six wins overall.
Victor Espinoza rode just four times last week but won twice, including the Grade III Bob Hope on Greyvitos.
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