We’ll recap the action at five different tracks from a jockey perspective, looking at which riders did best at their respective circuits. As always, don’t forget to apply this information toward FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
Kendrick Carmouche won eight times over the four-day racing week to assert command in the jockey standings at Aqueduct. He now leads Manny Franco, who bagged a half-dozen winners last week, 16-14.
Dylan Davis won the week’s most lucrative race, the Grade III Toboggan, with Great Stuff but slid to third in the standings after recording just two additional wins. He now stands at 11 for the meet, tied with Trevor McCarthy, who also won three times last week.
The jockey battle in New Orleans continues to be a closely-fought contest. Miguel Mena won twice to stave off Shaun Bridgmohan, who won thrice. Mena now leads 38-37. Mitchell Murrill, third at 34 wins, also won a pair to stay within striking distance of the top two.
Corey Lanerie made a big move with an eight-win performance, catapulting himself to fourth place (27 wins).
Luis Saez’s epic mid-week performance was almost overshadowed by Saturday’s Pegasus World Cup. Saez won a track-record seven races on Wednesday en route to a 15-win week, which included a score in Saturday’s Fred W. Hooper atop Tommy Macho. Saez now has a commanding 24-win lead over Tyler Gaffalione in second.
Saturday’s undercard was dominated by John Velazquez and Javier Castellano. They each won three of the first six races on Pegasus day, with Castellano recording two stakes in the process. Castellano also took second (worth $1.6 million) in the Pegasus behind Gun Runner and Florent Geroux with West Coast.
David Cabrera won four races last week to maintain a 10-8 lead over David Cohen three weeks into the meet. That included a victory in the American Beauty Stakes with Swing and Sway. Cohen, the meet leader in mounts and earnings, also won three on the strength of a Thursday hat-trick.
Ricardo Santana Jr, Oaklawn’s defending riding champ, won four last week as well. He’s now tied for fourth with Terry Thompson at six wins apiece, one behind third-place C.J. McMahon.
Evin Roman rode four winners on Saturday to keep Kent Desormeaux and Rafael Bejarano in his rearview mirror. He currently enjoys a 21-16 over that pair. Desormeaux, tops in earnings this meet, won four times last week, including the $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic with Rye. Bejarano managed two victories.
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