We’ll visit a trio of tracks in this week’s jockey review, focusing mainly on the results at Belmont Park during Belmont Stakes week. Let’s get started.
Joel Rosario was the winning rider aboard Sir Winston in the 151st Belmont Stakes. He expertly guided his charge through traffic while saving ground to beat a wide-running Tacitus. Rosario won six races in all during the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, including Friday’s True North with the comebacking Catalina Cruiser.
Meet-leading rider Jose Lezcano (33) notched just a pair of victories last week, though he did score with Marconi in the Brooklyn Invitational. He was also third in the Woody Stephens (Borracho) and the Belmont (Joevia).
Irad Ortiz won just three times last week but made them count, taking Thursday’s Intercontinental (Significant Form), Friday’s New York (Homerique), and Saturday’s Manhattan (Bricks and Mortar). He’s currently tied for fourth with Junior Alvarado in the Belmont rider standings at 20 victories. Irad’s brother, Jose, also recorded a three-day stakes trifecta, taking Thursday’s Wonder Again (Cambier Parc), Friday’s Bed o’ Roses (Separationofpowers), and Saturday’s Acorn (Guarana). He’s just one win behind in sixth.
Corey Lanerie, who pulled off a stunning upset in the Woody Stephens with Hog Creek Hustle, snuck in three wins at Churchill last week to preserve his lead in the rider standings over Miguel Mena, 27-24. Mena won four times in the week that was.
Adam Beschizza was able to take advantage of some of the top riders at the meet competing at Belmont, winning five times. Beschizza took the lone stake of the week, the Mint Julep, atop Mom’s On Strike.
Nik Juarez took the lead in the Monmouth jockey standings over Jose Ferrer on the strength of a nine-win weekend. He followed up a five-win Saturday with a four-win Sunday. Juarez picked up a third-place check in Sunday’s Smart N Classy Handicap with Billy’s Jump Start.
Ferrer won five races in all last weekend, including Saturday’s Unbridled Elaine Stakes with Goldwood. He now trails Juarez 24-21.
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