We’ll make stops in New York, Kentucky and California in this week’s jockey review. Be sure to use this information toward FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
Javier Castellano didn’t win any races during Belmont’s three-day week, but he maintains the lead in the jockey standings over John Velazquez, 9-8. Castellano was busy at Woodbine over the weekend, placing in the Canadian Stakes with New Money Honey on Saturday before winning Sunday’s Summer Stakes aboard Fog of War.
Velazquez recorded a Saturday hat-trick at “Big Sandy” to go with one additional win on Friday. He also placed in Saturday’s Sands Point Stakes atop Secret Message.
Irad Ortiz Jr. visited the winner’s circle four times in his first week back at Belmont. Ortiz also reached an important milestone, as he notched his 2,000th career victory on Gambler’s Fallacy in Saturday’s sixth race.
The lone stake of the weekend, Saturday’s Sands Point, went to the invading Flavien Prat and Californiagoldrush.
Churchill Downs/Kentucky Downs
Jose Ortiz emerged as the leading rider at Kentucky Downs’ five-day all-turf meet with nine victories. Consecutive riding triples on Wednesday and Thursday, which included a score in the Dueling Grounds Oaks (Osare), helped make that possible. However, the highlight of his week was a strike in Saturday’s Grade I Woodbine Mile with Oscar Performance.
Julien Leparoux was second with seven wins overall, which included two over the final two racing days.
Racing began at Churchill’s brief September meet on Friday for a three-day week. Corey Lanerie returned with five wins to lead all jockeys on the grounds. Chief among those scores was Saturday’s Pocahontas, where he was on much-the-best Serengeti Empress.
Ricardo Santana Jr. and Robby Albarado each brought home four winners. The former was the only one of the pair to net a stakes win though (Open Mind Stakes, Vertical Oak).
Shaun Bridgmohan recorded three wins from just 10 assignments, which was good enough to land fourth early on. Brian Hernandez Jr, who took the Iroquois Stakes (Cairo Cat), and Julien Leparoux, who triumphed in the Locust Grove (Blue Prize), are tied with Edgar Morales and James Graham after week one at two wins apiece.
Apprentices Assael Espinoza and Heriberto Figueroa are tied for the lead at nine wins heading into the final week of the Los Al September meet. Espinoza caught fire last week, winning seven times compared to Figueroa’s five. However, Figueroa won the Barretts Debutante stakes atop Kim K on Saturday.
Tiago Pereira is third with eight victories. Close behind is Martin Pedroza, who is 6-for-16 with an additional six ITM finishes.
Joe Talamo and Dabster won the inaugural Los Alamitos Special, a 1 1/4-mile dirt heat, on Sunday.
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