Weekly jockey review, 1/2/19; praise for Prat, Rosario

It’s time to review the thoroughbred racing action from the holiday week, zeroing in on jockey achievements. Stops will be made from coast to coast. As always, be sure to apply this information toward FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!

Aqueduct

Junior Alvarado continues to lead all riders at Aqueduct, as he sits at 24 victories. Highlights for the week included a 4-for-4 Friday and a stakes score in the Bay Ridge (Split Time) on Sunday.

Manny Franco is a close second at 20 triumphs. He won eight times last week, sweeping early-card Pick Threes on Sunday and Monday. Franco hit the board at a nearly 70 percent clip.

Rounding out the top five are Reylu Gutierrez (15), Dylan Davis (14), and Eric Cancel (11).

Gulfstream

Luis Saez, first at 30 wins, became the first rider to reach the $1 million earnings plateau at the Gulfstream championship meet last week. He won eight races over the holiday week, including Saturday’s H. Allen Jerkens atop Red Knight.

Irad Ortiz Jr. won six times last week, boosting his meet total to 24. He’s just six wins behind Saez despite taking 48 fewer mounts to date. Ortiz Jr. landed a stakes double on Saturday, snaring the Janus (Vision Perfect) and Tropical Park Derby (Breaking the Rules).

Paco Lopez had a very strong 11-win week, taking Saturday’s Tropical Park Oaks (Too Charming) in the process. He sits in third with 21 wins for the meet.

Tyler Gaffalione and Emisael Jaramillo find themselves tied for fourth one month into the meet at 17 victories apiece. The latter, however, has taken 51 fewer mounts than the former.

Santa Anita

Flavien Prat and Joel Rosario stole the headlines in the first week of racing at Santa Anita. Prat, first at eight total wins, notched two stakes scores on opening day; the La Brea (Spiced Perfection) and Mathis Brothers Mile (River Boyne).

Rosario also won a stakes on Wednesday, taking the San Antonio atop Gift Box. Three days later, he would score in the final Grade I of the year, the American Oaks, with Competitionofideas. He sits in third at six wins, just one behind Heriberto Figueroa. Figueroa, still an apprentice rider, triumphed in the Eddie Logan Stakes on Friday with Bob and Jackie.

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