It’s time to recap last week’s horse racing action from across the country, focusing on jockey achievements. The ongoing winter meets at Aqueduct and Gulfstream will be discussed, as well as the recently-concluded Los Al meet. As always, be sure to play FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
Junior Alvarado built on his strong start to the Aqueduct winter meeting by winning seven races over the last four racing days. He stands atop the jockey leaderboard at 12 victories so far. Alvarado isn’t just bringing home heavy favorites either; Letzgometz ($40.20), who won Saturday’s fourth race, was among his highest-priced winners of the meet.
Dylan Davis won four times last week and emerged in second place with eight overall scores. Chief among his victories was Sunday’s Great White Way with Blindwillie McTell.
Jose Lezcano made five trips to the winner’s circle last week, which helped forge a tie for third with Reylu Gutierrez at seven triumphs apiece.
Currently sitting in fifth (six wins) is Manny Franco, but that probably won’t be the case for long. A Sunday hat-trick suggests that the slumping Franco has turned the corner.
Luis Saez and Irad Ortiz Jr. are beginning to separate themselves from the pack at Gulfstream. Saez, the leading mount-getter at the meet so far, is first with 16 victories. He won five times last week, including Saturday’s Rampart atop Tequilita. Ortiz Jr. is just two behind Saez despite riding in 23 fewer races. He rode seven winners last week.
Jose Ortiz is currently ice-cold; he’s won just once over his last 15 starts and is 3-for-41 at the meet.
The brief December meet at Los Al saw a tie for leading rider honors between Tyler Baze and Heriberto Figueroa. Each rider won eight times, though Baze took 17 fewer calls. Baze caught fire late as he won five times over the final three racing days.
Flavien Prat was ultra-impressive last week, as he won four times with just six assignments. He took both the Soviet Problem (Kookie Girl) and King Glorious (Galilean) over the weekend.
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