Weekly jockey review, 9/12/18; Castellano crushes competition at Belmont

We’ll make a multitude of stops in this week’s jockey review, as Belmont and Los Alamitos opened for business, and Kentucky Downs’ boutique meet is still ongoing. We also have an update from Gulfstream Park. Be sure to use this information when looking ahead toward FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game this weekend!


Javier Castellano had about as good a weekend as was possible at Belmont, as he won 9 of 20 starts. His ITM percentage was a staggering 85 over the first three racing days, albeit there were some short fields on Sunday due to weather. Castellano was a perfect 3-for-3 on Friday, taking the Christiecat Stakes (Tesora) in the process.

In second early is Manny Franco after a six-win weekend. He was just a passenger on impressive Allied Forces winner World of Trouble on Saturday.

John Velazquez emerged a clear third at four wins after a Sunday hat-trick. Royal Delta winner Come Dancing was the highlight of that sequence.

Kentucky Downs

Through three of five racing days, Julien Leparoux holds a tenuous lead in the jockey standings at Kentucky Downs. He’s 6-for-24, with his meet highlight so far being his Juvenile Fillies Stakes score atop Miss Technicality on Sept. 1.

Tyler Gaffalione, second with five victories, also has a stakes win dating back to Sept. 1; the Juvenile atop Henley’s Joy.

Florent Geroux, tied for third with Jose Ortiz at three wins, is actually first in earnings. All three of his triumphs were in stakes; the One Dreamer (On Leave), the Ladies’ Sprint (Ruby Notion), and the Kentucky Turf Cup (Arklow).

Los Alamitos

There’s a four-way tie for first through four racing days at the September Los Al meet. Tiago Pereira leads the quartet in earnings, while Ruben Fuentes was the most efficient (44 percent). Martin Pedroza posted the biggest win, aboard huge longshot Shades of Victory in Saturday’s E.B. Johnston. Heriberto Figueroa rounds out the quartet as the lone apprentice.

Mario Gutierrez is fifth with three wins but took Saturday’s other stake, the Beverly Lewis, atop Gas Station Sushi.


Tyler Gaffalione’s spotty attendance of late has opened the door for Emisael Jaramillo. He won nine races last week, including five on Saturday, to open up a 50-44 lead on Gaffalione with just three weeks remaining. Jaramillo took Friday’s Mo Exception Stakes and Saturday’s Trinniberg Stakes in the process.

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