Weekly jockey review, 4/25/18; Irad Ortiz Jr. wins 14 at Aqueduct, Charles Town

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Aqueduct

Irad Ortiz Jr. took the Aqueduct spring title with 24 wins from 77 starts (31%). He was also first in earnings ($1.2 million) after an incredible 11-win week in which he didn’t even ride on Saturday. Ortiz Jr. went to Charles Town that day, and while things didn’t work out with Diversify in the Charles Town Classic, he still managed to win three straight races (all stakes). Ortiz Jr. won the final stake of the Aqueduct spring meet, the Memories of Silver, atop Significant Form on Sunday.

Manny Franco was a respectable second at 17 wins while taking a meet-high 96 mounts. He won eight times last week, including the NYSS Park Avenue Stakes with 23-1 shot Baby Boss.

Rounding out the top five were Junior Alvarado (11), Kendrick Carmouche (9), and four riders tied at eight wins apiece. Racing at NYRA resumes at Belmont Park on Friday.

Keeneland

Florent Geroux leads at the Keeneland spring meet with just three racing days remaining. He won 10 times last week to get to 18 overall victories. He leads Jose Ortiz, who won seven last week, by four.

Joel Rosario won six times last week, including three on Sunday, to get to 12 wins for the meet. That was good enough to tie Corey Lanerie, who won four times last week. Friday marks the last racing day of the Keeneland spring meet before Churchill Downs opens on Saturday.

Santa Anita

Contention runs deep two weeks into the spring/summer meet at Santa Anita. Flavien Prat and Stewart Elliott are tied atop the leaderboard at six wins each. Prat won five times and placed in both the Kona Gold and the American Stakes on Saturday. Elliott won thrice, including the aforementioned American atop What a View.

Four riders are tied for third at four wins each, including some relatively new faces. Drayden Van Dyke leads the quartet in earnings ($194K) and won twice, both on Friday. Fellow SoCal regular Tiago Pereira also won twice last week.

Franklin Ceballos and Geovanni Franco, who have not ridden at Santa Anita for long but have shown promise, each won once to remain in a tie for third.

Evin Roman and Tyler Baze, fixtures atop the SoCal circuit leaderboards, have both started slowly. They’re a combined 4-for-60 through the first two racing weeks. In related news, Roman is expected to miss three weeks after fracturing a toe during a Tuesday morning workout.

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