Churchill stole the show on Kentucky Derby weekend, but there was still plenty of action worth recapping from Belmont and Santa Anita. We’ll see which jockeys performed best here. As always, be sure to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
Manny Franco took advantage of Irad Ortiz Jr’s absence, grabbing a 12-10 lead two weeks into the Belmont spring meet. Franco won four on Friday, including the Flat Out (Hard Study), and another four on Saturday, including the Sheepshead Bay (Holy Helena). Going into Man o’ War weekend, Franco leads all riders in purse money earned and boasts a 28% win rate.
David Cohen won four times last week to secure a tie for third at five wins with John Velazquez and Jose Ortiz.
Dylan Davis is next at four wins for the meet. He won three times last week, including Saturday’s Westchester with Tale of Silence after a thrilling stretch run.
Noteworthy riders off to a slow start include Trevor McCarthy (1-for-38) and Luis Saez (0-for-15).
Mike Smith won his second career Kentucky Derby when Justify crossed the wire first on Saturday. However, that was Smith’s lone win on the weekend.
Corey Lanerie won five, most coming during the run-up to the Oaks-Derby weekend, to secure the lead in the standings, 7-6, over Brian Hernandez Jr. The latter won five as well last week, including the Pat Day Mile atop longshot Funny Duck.
Ricardo Santana Jr. won four at Churchill on Derby week, including Friday’s Eight Belles with Mia Mischief. Santana Jr. capped off his week with a strike in Sunday’s Sexton Mile at Lone Star Park atop Bee Jersey.
Jose Ortiz hit a stakes trifecta on Saturday, taking the Humana Distaff (American Gal), Churchill Downs Stakes (Limousine Liberal) and Old Forester Turf Classic (Yoshida). He was also second in the Kentucky Derby with Good Magic.
John Velazquez had another big weekend, taking Saturday’s American Turf (Maraud) and Distaff Turf Mile (Proctor’s Ledge). He was also second in the Friday’s Kentucky Oaks with longshot Wonder Gadot. Regional mainstay Florent Geroux got the win in the Oaks with Monomoy Girl.
Flavien Prat remains in front (13) despite only riding at Santa Anita on Sunday, going 0-for-4.
Geovanni Franco remains second (10) after a three-win stanza, featuring a score in Sunday’s Adoration Stakes aboard Fault.
Joe Talamo managed a three-win week as well, getting to nine for the meet. Even with him is Mario Gutierrez, who won a striking seven times last week, including Saturday’s Singletary (Blame The Rider). Asa Espinoza is also part of that deadlock after a three-win output.
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