Weekly jockey review, 7/18/18; Belmont, Los Al wrap-ups

Saratoga and Del Mar open for business this week! But first, we’ll review the action from last week at some other circuits. We’ll see which jockeys are riding hot at the moment here. Don’t forget to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!


Irad Ortiz Jr. prevailed in the spring/summer meet at Belmont by wins and purse money despite a somewhat slow final week. He won four times in his last 36 starts (to get to 60 overall) but settled for second 11 times.

Jose Ortiz and Manny Franco tied for second at 49 wins. Ortiz won just twice during the final stanza but went to Delaware on Saturday at won the Delaware Handicap with Elate.

Franco had a highly-productive week, winning 10 times. That was highlighted by a Saturday stakes double; La Fuerza in the Rockville Center and Voodoo Song in the Forbidden Apple.

Javier Castellano, Junior Alvarado and Joel Rosario finished in a tie for fourth at 35 wins apiece. Of the trio, Rosario was the most productive last week, winning eight times. Rosario took the final stake of the meet, the Lynbrook, atop Maiden Beauty.

Racing shifts to Saratoga beginning on Friday. The Grade III Lake George and the Grade III Schuylerville co-anchor that card.


Emisael Jaramillo is off to a flying start at Gulfstream’s summer meet. Firing at 37%, he leads all riders in wins at 14. Miguel Angel Vasquez is second at 12 wins, and spring meet winner Tyler Gaffalione is third with 11.

Los Alamitos

Apprentice riders Heriberto Figueroa and Asa Espinoza tied for first at the recently-concluded Los Al meet at 12 wins each. The young jockeys each sported a robust winning percentage; 25 and 26 percent, respectively. Figueroa was tops in purse money earned, while Espinoza was third.

Martin Pedroza finished third at seven wins for the meet from just 25 starts (28%). Second in earnings went to Drayden Van Dyke, who took the richest race of the meet, The Great Lady M, aboard Marley’s Freedom.

The final stake of the meet, the Los Alamitos Derby, went to Flavien Prat and Once On Whiskey.

Racing moves to Del Mar beginning on Wednesday. The Oceanside Stakes is the feature.

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