Here’s a recap of the week that was in horse racing from a jockey perspective. See which riders are excelling at their respective circuits here. And don’t forget to try out FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
Dylan Davis recorded four victories last week to earn a share of the meet lead with Manny Franco. Each rider is now at 22 wins at the approximate midway point of the Aqueduct winter meeting.
Kendrick Carmouche, third at 19 wins, made three trips to the winner’s circle last week, taking Saturday’s Jimmy Winkfield Stakes (A Different Style) in the process.
Paco Lopez won an astounding seven times last week, doubling his meet total to 14. If he decides to ride at Aqueduct full-time until the end of the meet, he could threaten for leading jockey based on win percentage (24%).
Junior Alvarado, carrying an identical win percentage to Lopez, won four times last week and is just one behind Trevor McCarthy for fourth place in the standings (16-15).
It’s still Luis Saez’s meet to lose as he won another seven races last week to get to 89 victories. His nearest competitor, Tyler Gaffalione, won six times last week but has just 57 wins.
Jose Ortiz also bagged a half-dozen winners last week as he gained third place, passing Emisael Jaramillo. Ortiz leads Jaramillo 41-39.
David Cabrera continues to nurse a narrow lead over David Cohen, but Ricardo Santana Jr. is hot on their heels. Cabrera and Cohen each won three times last week, with Cabrera going to 16 wins for the meet while Cohen jumped up to 15. Santana won five times last week, recording a hat-trick on Friday, to get to 14 victories for the meet.
Jon Court won twice last week to get to nine overall victories. That was good enough to tie Fernando De La Cruz for fourth.
Evin Roman rode only on Sunday, winning one of his five starts. He was able to maintain the lead but the margin has eroded, as he’s now ahead of Flavien Prat 25-24. Prat, the leading money earner at Santa Anita, won five times last week and hit the board another six times from 14 starts. He scored in two stakes on Saturday; the Thunder Road (Om) and the San Vicente (Kanthaka).
Rafael Bejarano and Kent Desormeaux each won thrice last week as they remain in third and fourth, respectively.
Tyler Baze won four times last week, including Sunday’s Sweet Life Stakes atop War Heroine. Second only to Roman in mounts, Baze stands fifth with 17 wins for the meet.
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