Weekly jockey review, 2/7/18; Cabrera continues strong showing at Oaklawn

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Manny Franco had a strong start to the month of February, posting a seven-win week. That was good enough to get him to the top of the Aqueduct rider standings with 21 victories.

Dylan Davis also won seven times last week, including five on Sunday from eight mounts. The late double he swept returned $60. Davis now sits second at 18 wins for the meet.

Kendrick Carmouche was surprisingly shut out for the week from 22 mounts. He hit the board 10 times but lost significant ground in the standings, dropping from first to third at 16 wins.

Angel Arroyo’s workload has been reduced this meet but he managed to visit the winner’s circle five times last week. He hit the board eight times in all from just 12 starts.


Luis Saez built on what’s been a memorable meet so far with another nine wins last week. That included a victory in Saturday’s Grade III Swale atop Strike Power. He now leads Tyler Gaffalione, who won just twice last week, 82-51. Emisael Jaramillo, third with 38 victories, won three times last week, highlighted by a Dania Beach Stakes score (Speed Franco).

Jose Ortiz won another seven races last week to boost his meet total to 35. He’s now in fourth place, three clear of his brother, Irad. The latter won six times over the last five racing days.


Promising young rider David Cabrera holds a narrow 13-12 lead over veteran David Cohen at this stage of the meet. Cabrera won three times last week, including Saturday’s King Cotton Stakes with Wilbo. Cohen managed four victories.

Fernando De La Cruz has suddenly jumped into the leading rider discussion after a four-win week from just nine starts. He now sits fourth with eight wins, one behind Ricardo Santana Jr.

Santa Anita

A three-win week was good enough for Evin Roman to remain atop the leaderboard at Santa Anita. He has a 24-19 cushion over leading money-earner Flavien Prat. Prat won six last week, including the Grade III Robert B. Lewis with Lombo.

It was a relatively quiet week for veterans Rafael Bejarano and Kent Desormeaux, currently third and fourth. Bejarano won just twice and slid to third with 18 victories, while Desormeaux won just once, albeit in the Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes atop Roy H, to get to 17 overall wins.

There’s a three-way tie for fifth place between Drayden Van Dyke, Tyler Baze and Joe Talamo at 13 wins apiece. Van Dyke and Baze each won a stake for their only wins of the week (Van Dyke took the Las Virgenes with Dream Tree while Baze won the San Marcos with Itsinthepost) while Talamo recorded three non-stake triumphs.

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