Weekly jockey review, 12/20/17; Smith, Roman cap off memorable Los Alamitos meet

Let’s take a look at the racing results from across the country last week and see which jockeys did best. We’ll span both coasts, ranging from Aqueduct to Los Alamitos. Be sure to take these performances into account when playing FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!


Despite a weather-shortened racing week and a Saturday sojourn to Gulfstream, Irad Ortiz Jr. brought in seven winners at Aqueduct last week. He recorded a hat trick on Thursday as well as Friday before taking a pair of Grade IIIs at Gulfstream. Ortiz now has a commanding lead over Manny Franco (39-25) as the meet’s end draws near (Dec. 31).

Franco won a race on four straight days to pull ahead of the idle Jose Ortiz for second. He’s five clear of Kendrick Carmouche, who won his 3,000th career race while racing at Parx on Tuesday, in fourth.

Fair Grounds

Colby Hernandez and Miguel Mena find themselves tied for the lead at 17 wins apiece one month into the meet. Hernandez, who’s taken more mounts than anyone on the grounds, went a bit chilly last week and visited the winners’ circle just twice. Mena won another three times last week to pull himself even with Hernandez.

Shaun Bridgmohan and Mitchell Murrill are now tied for third at 13 wins each, while Florent Geroux has made steady progress into fifth (11 wins).

Joe Bravo remains dangerous when he decides to get in on the action; he’s won with 26% of his 31 mounts and has hit the board 65% of the time.


Meet-leader Luis Saez had an eight-win week, topped by a Grade III Sugar Swirl victory with Rich Mommy. He enjoys a 17-12 advantage over Tyler Gaffalione and Edgard Zayas. Gaffalione won five times last week, while Zayas won seven times.

Zayas was the only one of the pair to record a stakes victory last week, taking the Grade III Tropical Turf in gate-to-wire style on Shakhimat.

Los Alamitos

Evin Roman once again reigned supreme at Los Alamitos, taking the December riding title with ease. He finished with an 18-8 lead over Stewart Elliott in second after a five-win final stanza.

The final stake of the meet, Saturday’s King Glorious, went to Mike Smith and Intimidate. Smith had an incredible meet despite riding just nine times. He won five of those nine starts, three of which were stakes.

Racing in Southern California moves to Santa Anita beginning Dec. 26.

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