Weekly jockey review, 3/28/18; Fair Grounds title comes down to the wire

Aqueduct, Gulfstream and the Fair Grounds all wrap up their winter meets this week. We’ll take a look at last week’s action from those locales as well as Santa Anita in this week’s jockey review. Be sure to try out FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!

Aqueduct

Manny Franco has effectively secured leading rider honors at Aqueduct with just two days remaining at the winter meeting. Franco won six times over the last three programs and jumped out to a 59-46 lead over Dylan Davis. Davis, also second to Franco in earnings, was shut out from 21 mounts last week.

Junior Alvarado, third with 41 overall triumphs, visited the winner’s circle six times last week. He won four on Saturday, including the featured Maddie May Stakes (Split Time).

Kendrick Carmouche, fourth with 35 victories, won four last week and placed in both the Maddie May and Sunday’s Cicada. Trevor McCarthy, who matched Carmouche’s output to stay just two wins behind him, took down the Cicada Stakes atop Lezendary.

Fair Grounds

Shaun Bridgmohan holds a four-win lead over Adam Beschizza going into the final four racing days at the Fair Grounds. Bridgmohan got to his meet-leading 63-win total after taking a half-dozen heats last week. Beschizza recorded a Thursday hat-trick en route to a five-win stanza. That included a strike in Saturday’s Costa Rising Stakes atop Monte Man.

Florent Geroux, tops in earnings but third in wins at 58, won five times last week but was shut out on the all-important Louisiana Derby card.

Gulfstream

Luis Saez is completely in charge heading into the final week of Gulfstream’s championship meet. He holds a 125-97 lead over Irad Ortiz Jr. after winning seven races last week and took down Saturday’s Any Limit Stakes with Elevenses.

Ortiz Jr. had another amazing week, winning 13 races and placing in another 13 to go 26-for-33 (79%) ITM. He’s now an isolated second, well clear of Tyler Gaffalione (83 wins) in third.

Santa Anita

It was a week of stasis for many of Santa Anita’s top riders, as Roman (44) won just once while Prat and Desormeaux stayed at 38 and 31 wins, respectively. Tyler Baze, however, recorded a five-win week while sweeping all three stakes offered over the weekend.

Baze stole the Santa Monica atop Selcourt after setting a slow pace before tactfully guiding Itsinthepost to his second straight San Luis Rey win on Saturday. On Sunday, Belvoir Bay got a ground-saving trip from Baze and held on late in the Mizdirection Stakes. Baze sits third now with 33 wins for the meet.

Misc.

John Velazquez won just twice last week but took Saturday’s premier race, the Louisiana Derby, atop Noble Indy.

Javier Castellano won five at Tampa Bay Downs on Sunday after being shut out at the Fair Grounds on Saturday. He was aboard Breeders’ Cup-placed Imperial Hint for an effortless score in the Horse Races Now Sprint Stakes.

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