We’re going to focus almost exclusively on the Friday and Saturday results at Churchill Downs, specifically the Breeders’ Cup races, in this week’s jockey review! As always, be sure to apply this information toward FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
Joel Rosario probably had the most memorable Breeders’ Cup of any rider at Churchill last weekend. He took three races on Friday, including the Juvenile Fillies (Jaywalk) and the Juvenile (Game Winner). He also rode Rocketry to victory in the nightcap, the Grade II Marathon Stakes.
Rosario won just once on Saturday but made it count, taking the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic atop Accelerate. It was his first ever victory in the hallmark event. He also managed to place in the Turf Sprint (Disco Partner) earlier in the day.
Javier Castellano won two Breeders’ Cup events over the weekend, taking the inaugural Juvenile Turf Sprint on Bulletin before scoring in Saturday’s Dirt Mile with City of Light. He was second with Chalon in the Filly & Mare Sprint, and third in the Filly & Mare Turf (A Raving Beauty), Sprint (Imperial Hint) and Turf (Sadler’s Joy). Castellano also won the Cherokee Run atop former Triple Crown contender Audible.
Irad Ortiz Jr. notched two Breeders’ Cup wins, one on each day. He was on one of the shortest-priced winners, Newspaperofrecord, in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, and brought in big longshot Shamrock Rose in the Filly & Mare Sprint. Other ITM finishes for Ortiz Jr. included the Juvenile Turf (Uncle Benny), Turf Sprint (World of Trouble), Mile (Analyze It) and Classic (Gunnevera).
Flavien Prat placed just once in six Breeders’ Cup starts (Anonymity in the Filly & Mare Sprint), but he really didn’t have high quality mounts aside from Bellafina in the Juvenile Fillies (fourth). Hopefully he took solace in yet another Santa Anita riding title, which he secured on Sunday after snaring both the Grade II Goldikova (Vasilika) and Grade II Twilight Derby (River Boyne). The final margin over Rafael Bejarano was 20-17. Racing in Southern California moves to Del Mar beginning on Nov. 9.
Jose Ortiz had one of the poorest showings of any high-profile jockey on Breeders’ Cup weekend. He failed to win a single event and placed just twice, taking second in the Distaff (Wow Cat) and third in the Juvenile Turf (Somelikeithotbrown).
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