Weekly jockey review, 01/30/19; Ortiz Jr., Castellano, Desormeaux among weekend stars

It’s time to review another exciting weekend in thoroughbred racing, examining which jockeys did best at their respective circuits. Special attention will be paid to the Pegasus Day results at Gulfstream Park. Consider these trends carefully when participating in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!


Manny Franco was able to stave off the competition in what was another truncated racing week due to bad weather. Franco won six times overall, registering a Sunday hat-trick in the process. He now leads Junior Alvarado 46-39.

Alvarado may have lost a bit of ground on Franco after winning just five races, but he managed to record a stakes double, taking Friday’s Interborough (Dawn the Destroyer) and Saturday’s Jazil (Mr. Buff).

Reylu Gutierrez drew within two wins of third-place Dylan Davis (28-26) after winning seven of 24 starts last week.

Horseplayers should be wary of the mid-week forecast for the Aqueduct area, which calls for punishing wind chills on both Thursday and Friday. A two-day racing week appears to be in store.


Attention was drawn away from meet-leading rider Luis Saez (70 wins) despite his nine victories last week, as he was shut out on Pegasus World Cup day. Irad Ortiz Jr., who is second at Gulfstream with 52 scores, guided Bricks and Mortar to victory in the Pegasus Turf. He also had stakes scores in the rained-off Turf Sprint (World of Trouble) and the W.L. McKnight (Zulu Alpha).

Javier Castellano won the main event of the weekend atop City of Light with a brilliant ride. He also scored in the Hurricane Bertie atop Dream Pauline. Castellano isn’t really trying for the meet title (20 wins from just 89 starts), but he’s had a knack for winning the big races at Gulfstream this season.

Emisael Jaramillo took advantage of the limited mounts he was given last week, placing in 11 of 13 starts. He boosted his meet total to 31 wins after tallying four strikes, including Saturday’s Fred W. Hooper with Aztec Sense.

Santa Anita

The top riders at “The Great Race Place,” Flavien Prat (24 wins) and Joel Rosario (19), were largely absent last week due to riding commitments at the Pegasus World Cup. That enabled Geovanni Franco (fourth) to boost his meet total from nine wins to 13. Tiago Pereira, tied with Franco at 13 victories, won four times alone on Saturday, including the California Cup Sprint Stakes atop Touching Rainbows.

Kent Desormeaux (seven wins from 49 starts) reached an important milestone on Sunday, becoming the 19th jockey to win 6,000 races in North America. The strike came aboard X S Gold in Race 1, in which he put forth a well-timed to win by the narrowest of margins.

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