Winter racing continues at Aqueduct, Gulfstream and Santa Anita, and as always, FanXT sums up the action by looking at the best jockey performances of the week. Be sure to apply this information toward FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
Junior Alvarado battled back last week after losing the lead to Manny Franco the stanza before to forge a tie for first at 33 wins apiece. Alvarado won seven times, three of which came on Thursday from just four starts.
Despite losing sole possession of first, Franco still posted a solid week, winning five times. Franco took Saturday’s Say Florida Sandy Stakes atop Honor Up and was second in Sunday’s Rego Park with Kadens Courage.
Dylan Davis recorded five wins, three of which occurred on Sunday, to take third at 22 victories. The highlight of his week was Sunday’s Rego Park triumph aboard Blindwillie McTell.
Luis Saez failed to record a stakes win at Gulfstream last week, but he did strike eight times and maintained his lead over Irad Ortiz Jr. (48-37). The latter rider was also shut out stakes-wise but won seven times. Ortiz Jr. placed in the Tropical Turf (Your Only Man) and Marshua’s River (I’m Betty G) on Saturday.
Paco Lopez, Tyler Gaffalione and Jose Ortiz are currently engaged in a three-way tie for third at 24 wins each. Ortiz had the best performance of the bunch last week, tallying six scores.
Javier Castellano isn’t riding in volume this winter (just 48 starts at Gulfstream), but his made his presence felt on Saturday by sweeping the Tropical Turf (Doctor Mounty) and Marshua’s River (Bellavais).
Flavien Prat piled on the scores at Santa Anita last week, as he bagged a half-dozen winners. That included Saturday’s victory aboard Belvoir Bay in the off-the-turf Las Cienegas. Prat is now ahead of Heriberto Figueroa 17-13.
Figueroa recorded four strikes last week, highlighted by a riding triple on Saturday. The apprentice is winning at an impressive 21 percent clip.
Joel Rosario’s three-win week was good enough to stave off Mike Smith for third, 11-9. The latter registered a grand slam last week but no stakes victories.
Tyler Baze is further down the leaderboard with just six strikes from 70 starts, but he won three times last week. Baze took down Saturday’s co-feature, the La Canada, atop Escape Clause. The veteran has been a bit unlucky at the meet, as he leads all jockeys in the colony in second-place finishes (15).
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