Weekly jockey review, 12/12/18

Winter racing has arrived in full force, with Aqueduct and Gulfstream settling into their respective schedules. As for the west coast, Los Alamitos’ short December session is underway. Here’s an update on the performances of some of the top jockeys at those circuits. Be sure to study this information carefully if you’re playing FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!


Junior Alvarado finds himself atop the Aqueduct leaderboard one week into the marathon winter meet. He won five races from 21 starts.

Dylan Davis, Luis Reyes and apprentice Reylu Gutierrez won four times each over the first three racing days. Interestingly, Gutierrez recorded all four of those victories on Saturday, while Davis notched all four of his on Sunday.

Eric Cancel won the week’s lone stake, Saturday’s Garland of Roses (Vertical Oak), but was otherwise shut out from 17 starts. However, he hit the board an additional nine times.


Luis Saez rebounded from a slow opening weekend with a 10-win showing over the last five days at Gulfstream. He now leads Tyler Gaffalione 11-8. The highlight of Saez’s week was his stakes victory in the Lady Caribbean Cup (Brigantia).

Gaffalione won five times last week, taking Saturday’s Smooth Air (Garter and Tie) and Pulpit (Henley’s Joy) in the process.

Irad Ortiz Jr., tied with Emisael Jaramillo at seven wins for the meet, recorded a stakes triple on Saturday. He took the Invitational Cup (Mishegas), Caribbean Cup (Jala Jala) and Caribbean Classic (Kukulkan). Chief among Jaramillo’s six scores last week was Saturday’s Buffalo Man atop Zenden.

Los Alamitos

Heriberto Figueroa leads all riders with five victories one week into the December meet at Los Al, but the clear leader in earnings is Drayden Van Dyke. The latter rode just five times but won thrice, including a sweep of Saturday’s Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity (Improbable) and Grade I Starlet (Chasing Yesterday).

Geovanni Franco is second with four victories, just one behind Figueroa with four racing days remaining at this brief meeting.

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