The thoroughbred action continues as the calendar year enters the homestretch! See which jockeys excelled at the recently-opened Gulfstream and Los Alamitos meets and check in on happenings at Aqueduct. Don’t forget to get involved in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
Jose Ortiz, on the strength of a six-win week, climbed to the top of the Aqueduct leaderboard before undergoing knee surgery that will have him out of action for a month. Going into Wednesday’s card, the younger Ortiz brother enjoys a 22-21 lead over his elder sibling, Irad. The latter won nine times at “The Big A” last week and recorded a Sunday hat trick.
Manny Franco rode just two days last week and recorded one win; the Grade II Remsen atop Catholic Boy. He’s three behind Irad Ortiz at 18 victories.
John Velazquez, fourth with 16 scores, won six times last week, including the Grade II Demoiselle aboard Wonder Gadot. He leads Joel Rosario, who won five times last week, by three.
Emisael Jaramillo got off to a promising start at the uber-competitive Gulfstream winter meet, winning four times from 16 starts. That included a win in the Rapid Transit division of Saturday’s Claiming Crown atop Cautious Giant. Jaramillo leads Paco Lopez by one going into the first full week of racing at the Florida oval.
Julien Leparoux, Tyler Gaffalione and Albin Jimenez each won a pair over the course of Saturday and Sunday.
Evin Roman is in the lead one week into the Los Al December meet. He won seven times from 24 starts, eclipsing the field in both categories.
Joe Talamo, Edwin Maldonado and Stewart Elliott each recorded a trio of victories last week, with Talamo taking the most purse money of the three ($116k).
Mike Smith won two times from three mounts on three different days, including Sunday’s Bayakoa aboard Majestic Heat. He’ll likely continue to pick and choose his spots carefully at the meet. Other riders to win more than once last week include Brayan Pena and Tyler Baze (two each).
Corey Nakatani rode just once all week but won that start in the Soviet Problem Stakes with One Fast Broad.
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