Weekly jockey review, 1/9/19

It’s time to review the week that was in thoroughbred racing, examining which jockeys did best at their respective circuits. Be sure to consider these trends when participating in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!


Manny Franco put forth an exceptional outing at “The Big A,” winning eight races over the three-day week. That included a strike in Saturday’s La Verdad Stakes atop Kathryn the Wise. Franco now sits atop the jockey leaderboard at 28 total victories.

Junior Alvarado was relegated to second (26) after a two-win week. However, he failed to hit the board only three times from 13 starts.

Dylan Davis crossed the $1 million earnings plateau after a three-win performance last weekend. He’s a distant third at 17 victories but continues to lead all riders in total mounts.


A 10-score week for Luis Saez secured his spot atop the leaderboard over Irad Ortiz Jr., 40-30. Thursday was arguably the highlight, as Saez visited the winner’s circle four times from just seven starts. On Saturday, Saez snared the Glitter Woman Stakes atop Fancy Dress Party.

Ortiz Jr. is a clear second over Tyler Gaffalione and Paco Lopez (21 wins) and is winning at a 25 percent clip. Despite not riding over the weekend due to a suspension incurred at Santa Anita, Ortiz registered a six-win week at Gulfstream.

Gaffalione caught up to Lopez after a four-win week, as the latter was surprisingly shut out from 31 starts.

Emisael Jaramillo continues to prove dangerous when called upon. He notched three wins overall last week, two coming from just three mounts on Sunday. Jaramillo sits fifth with 20 triumphs from just 90 races, far fewer than the above-mentioned rivals.

Jose Ortiz has finally shaken off his slow start, winning eight times last week. That included Saturday’s Mucho Macho Man Stakes atop Mihos. He should be making headway on third soon, as he’s already up to 18 victories.

Santa Anita

A three-win week was good enough to keep Flavien Prat in first (11) at “The Great Race Place.” He was unlucky not to win four, as he was nosed out aboard Cleopatra’s Strike in Saturday’s San Gabriel by Next Shares and Geovanni Franco. However, he atoned by taking down Sunday’s Santa Ynez atop Bellafina.

Heriberto Figueroa won twice over the last three racing days, staving off the ill Joel Rosario (9-8), who won twice on Friday, the only day he rode all weekend.

Mike Smith, Drayden Van Dyke and Assael Espinoza are all tied at five wins apiece through two racing weeks at Santa Anita. Smith won the Sham atop Gunmetal Grey on Saturday. Van Dyke is in the midst of a cold streak, as he’s just 1-for-15 since Friday and is down to 12 percent at the meet. Espinoza has ridden just 25 times, so he sports a robust win percentage at the moment.

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