Weekly jockey review, 11/27/18; Can Franco or Van Dyke be caught?

Fall meets are winding down across the country, as Churchill bowed out to Turfway, while Aqueduct and Del Mar have just a handful of days left. We’ll recap the Thanksgiving week action here. Don’t forget to apply this information toward FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!


Going into the final week of Aqueduct’s fall meet, Manny Franco leads the way over Irad Ortiz Jr., 21-15. Franco won five times last week, including the Winter Memories Stakes atop Matty’s Magnum. He was also second in the Fall Highweight (Heartwood) and Discovery (Title Ready).

Ortiz Jr. matched Franco’s total but nabbed both the Fall Highweight (Life in Shambles) and Long Island (Lady Paname).

Rounding out the top three is Luis Saez (14 wins), who also scored five times.


Tyler Gaffalione shook things up during the fall meet at Churchill, stealing leading rider honors from usual suspects Brian Hernandez Jr. and Corey Lanerie. Gaffalione won 10 times during the final stanza to get to 21 victories for the meet.

Lanerie won nine races last week while Hernandez won six. Lanerie took the Cardinal (English Affair) while Hernandez swiped the Mrs. Revere (Princess Warrior) and Kentucky Jockey Club (Signalman).

Florent Geroux, fifth with 17 scores for the meet, was the highest-earning jockey that made at least 100 starts. He built that lead over Hernandez Jr. ($2.7 million to $2 million) with a Clark Handicap victory atop Leofric.

Del Mar

With just four days remaining at Del Mar, Drayden Van Dyke has a small 15-13 cushion over Flavien Prat. A Sunday hat-trick helped Van Dyke to a seven-win week, which was highlighted by a strike in the Hollywood Turf Cup with Chicago Style.

Prat matched strides with Van Dyke but took both the Cecil B. DeMille (Flying Scotsman) and Native Diver (Battle of Midway) on Sunday.

Though he lost ground last week, Geovanni Franco is still in the leading rider discussion, as he’s third with 12 wins for the meet. Franco visited the winner’s circle five times over the last four racing days.

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