It’s time to discuss the week that was in horse racing from a jockey perspective. See which riders are on top of their games at the moment. And don’t forget to check out FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
Racing was canceled for the entire week due to winter weather conditions in New York. Five total stakes, including the Jerome (a Kentucky Derby prep), will be made up this week beginning on Thursday.
Shaun Bridgmohan’s incredible Sunday catapulted him to the top of the jockey standings. He had five assignments on Sunday and won on all five, two of which were favorites. The late double Bridgmohan triggered paid $226. He now leads Miguel Mena 31-30 despite taking 62 fewer mounts.
Mena and Mitchell Murrill each won three times last week. Murrill, who leads all riders in total mounts, is currently third with 24 wins.
Joe Bravo has thrust himself into the leading rider discussion as he’s begun to take more mounts. Bravo had a five-win week and managed to tie Adam Beschizza for fourth at 19 wins apiece. Beschizza, who recently moved from England to ride in the U.S. full-time, won his first ever stakes race in the states on Saturday, taking the Pan Zareta atop Triple Chelsea.
Luis Saez continues to show the way at Gulfstream, leading Tyler Gaffalione 42-34. He won four times last week, as did Gaffalione.
Jose Ortiz won seven times last week to springboard into seventh place in the standings. That included a stakes double on Saturday (Limehouse and Ginger Brew).
Irad Ortiz Jr. made a significant impact in his first full week racing at Gulfstream, winning four races and hitting the board 10 times from 19 starts.
Rafael Bejarano surged to the front after winning four times during the three-day week. Evin Roman is a close second, trailing Bejarano 9-8. He won one race last week, as did Kent Desormeaux, who is third with seven overall victories.
Mike Smith won two of the three stakes offered at Santa Anita last week. He was aboard McKinzie in the Sham and Midnight Bisou in the Santa Ynez. Smith is now tied with Drayden Van Dyke for fourth at five wins apiece.
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