We’ll whip around the country in this week’s jockey review, summarizing the action at five different venues. Be sure to take note of who’s hot and who’s not when playing FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
Wins came in bunches for the leading “Big A” jockeys last week. Manny Franco extended his newfound lead to seven over Dylan Davis with a seven-win stanza. Four of those wins came on Sunday’s card. Franco is now showing the way 53-46. Davis recorded a hat-trick on Friday but was shut out from 16 mounts over the weekend.
Kendrick Carmouche, fourth with 31 scores, took four of the first five races on Saturday but failed to find the winner’s circle the other two racing days. He’s just four wins behind Junior Alvarado, who won three last week, for third place.
Miguel Mena was involved in a spill on Thursday and injured his right ankle and heel. There’s no definite timetable for his return, but Mena’s chances of winning the jockey title at the Fair Grounds have all but vanished.
Shaun Bridgmohan is the new leader at the meet after a three-win week brought his total to 57. He’s just three clear of Adam Beschizza, who won four last week.
Defending champ Florent Geroux won eight times and thrust himself squarely into the discussion for the 2018 riding crown. Five of those came on Friday, though none of those mounts paid above 2-1.
Luis Saez won six races at Gulfstream last week to bring his total to 118. He was not present on Saturday; instead he went to Oaklawn Park and won the Rebel Stakes with Magnum Moon.
Irad Ortiz Jr. made only a minimal gain on Saez, winning seven times, boosting his meet total to 84. Among those victories was an allowance score atop former graded stakes winner Frostmourne.
Javier Castellano has moved into sixth despite a very uneven first few weeks at Gulfstream. He sits at 52 victories after a nine-win stanza, which featured a score in the Inside Information Stakes (Ivy Bell).
Ricardo Santana Jr. continues to rule the roost at Oaklawn, as he has a 14-win lead over David Cabrera (43-29). He managed to win three on Rebel day despite the presence of many top-notch invaders, but was shut out stakes-wise.
Cabrera and David Cohen have been close all meet long and are separated by just two (29-27, Cabrera leads) after the latter beat the former 3-2 last week. Ramon Vasquez, who recorded a Friday double, is close behind at 24 wins.
Another five-win week for Evin Roman helped him secure a 43-38 lead over Flavien Prat going into the new racing stanza. Prat won just twice and placed third in Sunday’s Santa Ana Stakes atop Sassy Little Lila. He was out of town at Oaklawn on Saturday, where he was most notably second in the Rebel aboard Solomini.
Kent Desormeaux, third with 31 victories, won twice on Friday before missing the board on two stakes mounts, one on Saturday and the other on Sunday.
Drayden Van Dyke won a pair before taking off for the weekend. He took one race from six mounts at Turfway on their Jeff Ruby card then laid out on Sunday.
Rafael Bejarano recorded a riding triple on Saturday for his only three wins on the week. He’s now tied for fourth with Van Dyke at 29 wins apiece.
Saturday’s stakes trifecta was divided evenly; Mike Smith took the Irish O’Brien (contested on dirt) aboard Miss Sunset, Joel Rosario came in for a strike with River Boyne in the Pasadena, and Geovanni Franco posted his first career Grade I in the Santa Margarita with Fault. Sunday’s Santa Ana went to Corey Nakatani and Madam Dancealot.
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