There were some fine displays of riding throughout the holiday weekend in thoroughbred racing. Let’s review some of the best jockey performances below.
Jose Lezcano sits atop the jockey standings after one month of racing at Belmont. He won nine races last week to boost his meet total to 29. That included Monday’s Bouwerie Stakes atop Newly Minted. Lezcano visited Monmouth on Saturday, where he won the Salvator Mile with a rail-skimming ride on Sunny Ridge.
Dylan Davis took down Monday’s featured Commentator Stakes atop Pat On the Back to cap off a six-win week. He currently sits in third on the meet at 16 victories, six behind Kendrick Carmouche.
Jose Ortiz bounced back from a very slow start at Belmont to win seven times last week. He scored a hat-trick on Monday’s all NY-bred card, highlighted by the Kingston (Gucci Factor) and Mike Lee Stakes (Blindwillie McTell). Ortiz currently has nine victories at the meet.
Julien Leparoux won eight times on Sunday and Monday combined to take the lead at the Churchill spring meeting over Miguel Mena, 20-18. The Frenchman swept the late Pick Three on Memorial Day, which paid $372.40 for $2.
Corey Lanerie won six times at Churchill last week to draw within one of Mena for second place. The lone graded stake of the weekend, the Winning Colors, went to Tyler Baze and Honey Bunny.
Nik Juarez won seven races during the holiday weekend to take the lead at the Monmouth meeting. He’s in front of Jose Ferrer, who won just twice last week, 13-12. In eight starts on Monday, Juarez hit the board each time.
Joe Bravo notched an impressive three stakes victories at Monmouth during the holiday weekend. He took both the Monmouth (Almanaar) and Boiling Springs (Beautiful Lover) on Saturday before striking in Monday’s Hystericalady (Royal Charlotte).
Flavien Prat is well on his way to another Southern California riding title as he’s 17 wins ahead of Joel Rosario, who is now only riding part-time out west. Prat has not rested on his laurels though; he bagged 10 wins last week, highlighted by a Grade I Gamely score atop Vasilika on Monday. He also took Sunday’s Summertime Oaks with My Majestic Rose.
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