Weekly jockey review, 11/8/17; Velazquez reigns supreme at Breeders’ Cup

This week’s jockey review will go over the Breeders’ Cup results from Del Mar with a fine-tooth comb and discuss the rest of the action from Week 1 of the Bing Crosby meet at the San Diego oval. We’ll also mention some noteworthy jockeys who made moves during opening weekend at Aqueduct. The Breeders’ Cup may be over, but the action doesn’t stop in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!

Del Mar

John Velazquez was the only jockey to win multiple Breeders’ Cup events last weekend. He took Friday’s Distaff atop Forever Unbridled and Saturday’s Mile aboard World Approval. He also won the Let It Ride (Master Merion), Marathon (Destin) and Goldikova Stakes (Kitten’s Roar). Velazquez followed that up by riding in six races at Aqueduct on Sunday and placing in all but one start. He won two events, including the Pumpkin Pie Stakes (Lucy N Ethel).

Flavien Prat emerged with the lead in the Bing Crosby meet standings with eight total victories. He won four times on Breeders’ Cup Friday, including the Dirt Mile atop Battle of Midway. This was a welcome change for Prat, who struggled mightily at the Santa Anita fall meet (9-for-104).

Kent Desormeaux won four times last week, including the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (Roy H) and the Golden State Juvenile (Bookies Luck).

Florent Geroux made the most of his limited mounts, as he won the Breeders’ Cup Classic with Gun Runner. It was one of two wins he had in just four starts at Del Mar.

Mike Smith won twice in 13 tries last week, both in stakes. He took the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Caledonia Road) and the Lure (He Will).

Martin Garcia, who won twice in five starts last week and placed in the Classic (Collected), has announced his intentions to spend the winter riding at Aqueduct in pursuit of a higher volume of mounts.


Nik Juarez and Joe Bravo took advantage of some of NYRA’s biggest names being at Del Mar last weekend. They each won four times, with Juarez taking the Long Island (Arles) while Bravo took the Nashua (Avery Island).

Junior Alvarado, Kendrick Carmouche and Eric Cancel each recorded a trio of victories over the three-day opening stanza.

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