Weekly jockey review, 2/28/18; Ortiz Jr. records 15 wins at Gulfstream

We’ll waste no time diving into this week’s jockey review, as we’ll recap the riding action from five different tracks. Be mindful of these jockey’s hot and cold streaks if you’re thinking about playing FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!

Aqueduct

Dylan Davis widened the gap between himself and Manny Franco by another victory last week. Davis beat Franco 5-4 and now holds a 38-33 lead in the standings.

After being shut out two weeks ago and going a combined 0-for-7 on Friday and Saturday, Kendrick Carmouche finally righted the ship with a riding double on Sunday. He stands fourth overall with 22 wins, one behind Junior Alvarado. Trevor McCarthy, who also won a pair last week, is just one behind Carmouche in fifth.

Angel Arroyo recorded three wins last week, one on each racing day, to get to 18 overall victories at the meet. He’s currently in seventh, one behind Paco Lopez in sixth.

Fair Grounds

Miguel Mena extended his advantage over Shaun Bridgmohan to seven victories (54-47) with a four-win performance last week. Bridgmohan won twice but had a frustrating week overall, as he finished second on six of his 14 total mounts.

Meanwhile, last year’s Fair Grounds riding champion, Florent Geroux, climbed into a share of third with Adam Beschizza after a six-win stanza. A thrilling comeback win for stakes-placed Arklow on Saturday was among his riding highlights.

Gulfstream

The calendar hasn’t quite turned to March yet, but Luis Saez has already reached the 100-win plateau at Gulfstream. He won five races last week and now had a 36-win cushion on his nearest opponent.

Tyler Gaffalione, who won just twice last week, had been second for nearly the entire Gulfstream championship meet, but was supplanted by Irad Ortiz Jr. Ortiz won an astounding 15 races last week, recording a grand slam on three different racing days. That includes Saturday, where he won four straight events, capped off by the Grade III Hal’s Hope (Economic Model).

Oaklawn

Ricardo Santana Jr. forged an outright lead over David Cabrera last week after visiting the winner’s circle three times. The defending riding champion will take a 25-22 advantage into the first week of March.

Cabrera, who was shut out from 13 mounts last week, is now just two ahead of David Cohen, who bagged five winners, in third.

Ramon Vasquez began the Oaklawn meet slowly but rallied with a five-win showing last week. His performance was highlighted by a big upset victory in the Gazebo Stakes atop Bourne in Nixa. He now stands fourth at 16 wins overall.

Santa Anita

There continues to be little separating Evin Roman (31) and Flavien Prat (30) for first in Santa Anita’s jockey standings. They each won two during the abbreviated racing week. Kent Desormeaux, who won three last week, isn’t far behind them at 28 victories.

Tyler Baze (23) climbed into fourth after a four-win outing last week, eclipsing Rafael Bejarano, who won just once.

The depth of Santa Anita’ riding colony was on full display on Saturday, as both the Grade III Daytona Stakes and Wishing Well Stakes were upset by well-known veterans who are way down in the standings. Victor Espinoza (7-for-54 at the meet) guided Conquest Tsunami home in the Daytona, while Stewart Elliott (10-for-117) sprung a huge upset in the Wishing Well atop Mongolian Shopper.

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