Weekly jockey review, 11/29/17; Lanerie, Prat wrap up meet titles

It’s time to review the thoroughbred action from Thanksgiving week! See which jockeys are riding high going into December. And don’t forget to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!


Manny Franco has a narrow lead over the Ortiz brothers after a six-win week at “The Big A.” That included an 11-1 upset in Friday’s Key Cents Stakes on I Still Miss You.

Jose Ortiz, second by one win (17-16), won six times last week, including Friday’s Grade III Comely Stakes with Actress.

Irad Ortiz, third with 13 wins, also won six times last week. That included stakes scores in Thursday’s Winter Memories (Rymska) and Saturday’s Forever Together (Penjade) and Aqueduct Turf Sprint (Rainbow Heir).


Corey Lanerie completed a dominant Churchill fall meeting on Sunday, topping Ricardo Santana Jr. 38-19. Lanerie won 10 times last week, including the River City Handicap aboard Shining Copper, while Santana won six times.

Julien Leparoux got third (16 wins) despite spotting plenty of mounts to his competition. He won twice last week, including Saturday’s Golden Rod Stakes atop Road To Victory.

Brian Hernandez Jr. rallied for fourth (15) with a six-win week, while Robby Albarado settled for fifth.

Del Mar

Flavien Prat (18 wins) put the finishing touches on another riding title by winning twice “Where The Turf Meets The Surf” last week. That included a victory in the Grade II Seabiscuit Handicap aboard Hunt on Sunday.

Evin Roman checked in second with 14 total victories after winning three times on Thanksgiving week. Kent Desormeaux and Tyler Baze tied for third with 10 wins apiece, and Rafael Bejarano completed the top five (nine).

Fair Grounds

Miguel Mena has gotten off to a strong start at the Fair Grounds, winning nine races last week to bring his meet-leading total up to 10. He recorded a hat trick on Thanksgiving Day, as he took the Thanksgiving Handicap atop Yockey’s Warrior.

Jose Valdivia Jr. and James Graham are tied for second at five wins each, while Colby Hernandez is fourth at four victories.


Joe Bravo racked up frequent flier miles as well as earnings last week. He won three races at the Fair Grounds and placed in two others, riding primarily for trainer Michael Stidham for two days, before traveling to Del Mar and taking the Grade III Jimmy Durante Stakes atop Daddy Is a Legend. He returned to Aqueduct on Sunday and won and placed one time each in five starts.

Gary Stevens has reaffirmed his intentions to race at the Oaklawn meet in January. Per a press release, he will ride in Santa Anita’s opening day card (Dec. 26) before heading to Arkansas.

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