Weekly jockey review, 2/21/18; Davis dominates at Aqueduct

It’s time to review the horse racing action from the holiday weekend and see which riders are in peak form at the moment. As always, be sure to consider this information when playing FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!


Dylan Davis was in the zone at Aqueduct last week, as he won 11 races. That included a six-win Sunday, which tied the NYRA record for most wins in one day. Davis swept the early Pick Five ($1,206), winning the Gander Stakes (Nine Route) in the process. He won three times on President’s Day, capped off by a Hollie Hughes Stakes score with My Boy Tate. Davis now leads Manny Franco in total wins, 33-29.

Franco had a strong week himself, winning seven times, as did Junior Alvarado. Alvarado now finds himself in third with 22 wins despite spotting numerous mounts to his competition.

Fair Grounds

Miguel Mena was the first rider to reach the 50-win plateau at the Fair Grounds winter meet. He won six times last week, including Saturday’s headline event, the Risen Star Stakes (Bravazo). Mena remains in front of Shaun Bridgmohan by five victories.


Luis Saez, leading Tyler Gaffalione by a comfortable margin (95-61), had a slow week by his lofty standards, winning six times. He was out of town on Wednesday, as he took a Tampa allowance with Kentucky Derby prospect Magnum Moon, as well as Monday, as he rode at Oaklawn and hit the board in both the Razorback Handicap (Leofric) and Southwest Stakes (Sporting Chance).

Irad Ortiz Jr. won an eye-catching 14 starts, including four starter stakes on Saturday. He’s now in third with 49 wins, two clear of his brother, Jose, in fourth.

Jose Ortiz won six of his own at Gulfstream last week, including three starter stakes on Saturday.


An eight-win week catapulted Ricardo Santana Jr. into a tie for first in the Oaklawn rider standings. He won three on Saturday, four on Sunday, and placed in two of the three stakes he rode in over the long weekend (the Bayakoa with Terra Promessa and the Southwest with Combatant).

David Cabrera, the other member of that 22-win deadlock atop the rider standings, had a strong week as well, bagging six winners.

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