This week’s jockey review remains focused on the winter racing at Aqueduct, Gulfstream and Santa Anita. Be sure to study the results carefully before Saturday’s Pegasus World Cup, and don’t forget to play FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
Manny Franco recorded a seven-win week to pull clear of Junior Alvarado, 40-34. Franco was shut out stakes-wise, but he hit the board at a 73 percent clip from 22 starts (seven victories).
Dylan Davis, who remains in third place, won four times last week to get to 26 total triumphs. Jose Lezcano remains hot on his heels though after a five-win performance, which included a Saturday grand slam highlighted by his Toboggan Stakes victory (Solid Wager).
Sunday’s stakes race, the Ladies Handicap, went to Eric Cancel (sixth with 15 victories) and Forever Liesl.
Luis Saez continues to lead all riders with 61 victories for the meet as Pegasus day approaches. He won 13 times during the elongated racing week, which was good enough to extend his lead over Irad Ortiz Jr. to 16. Ortiz Jr. won eight races last week, including Saturday’s Sunshine Millions Sprint (Quijote).
Paco Lopez (29), Jose Ortiz (28), Tyler Gaffalione (27) and Emisael Jaramillo (27) remain well-bunched behind the top two. Lopez missed Saturday’s card to ride Roy H to victory in the Palos Verdes at Santa Anita. Gaffalione was also absent on Saturday but made his trip to the Fair Grounds count as he piloted War of Will to victory in the LeComte Stakes.
Flavien Prat continues to assert his authority at “The Great Race Place.” He won twice on Saturday and placed in the Palos Verdes atop Kanthaka. Then he went 3-for-3 on Sunday, taking the Astra Stakes (Pantsonfire) in the process. Prat concluded his stanza with a two-win Monday that included the featured Megahertz Stakes (Vasilika). The Frenchman now leads all riders at the meet with 24 tallies.
Joel Rosario won five times last week to forge a tie with Heriberto Figueroa (three wins) at 16 scores apiece. Mike Smith, fourth among all riders, continued his outstanding meet with another two-win week. He’s up to 11 wins from just 33 starts and is hitting the board at a 70 percent clip.
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