Racing continues at the two most prestigious meets of the summer, Saratoga and Del Mar. FanXT highlights the jockey achievements at those respective circuits below as well as Monmouth Park.
Jose Ortiz leads all riders at “The Spa” with 18 wins after three weeks of racing. He piloted six victors last week, including Highest Honors in the Curlin Stakes. Luis Saez is in close pursuit with 15 triumphs, five of which were earned last week. He guided Rinaldi home first in a New York Stallion Stakes on Wednesday before taking Saturday’s Bowling Green atop Channel Cat.
Javier Castellano is within striking distance of the lead while in third with 14 scores. He notched seven winners last week, his most notable occurring with Imperial Hint in the Grade I Alfred G. Vanderbilt. The six-year-old son of Imperialism broke the track record for six furlongs in that heat. Castellano was also aboard for the highly-regarded Annals of Time’s winning return to the races on Wednesday.
Irad Ortiz Jr. and Jose Lezcano are tied for fourth at 11 wins each through three weeks at Saratoga. Both riders won four races last week, though the former was the only one to take down a stake (Saturday’s Jim Dandy with Tax).
Flavien Prat and Drayden Van Dyke are doing their best to make it a “match race” for leading rider honors at Del Mar through two weeks of racing. Prat won five times last week to boost his meet total to 15. He was second in Sunday’s Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (Secret Spice), the only race he was allowed to compete in that day as he began serving a three-day suspension for careless riding stemming from his actions on Painting Corners on July 20.
Van Dyke won seven races last week, highlighted by his Real Good Deal Stakes strike on Saturday with Lieutenant Dan. Both he and Prat are winning at an over 30 percent clip.
Nik Juarez and Paco Lopez made Monmouth their own personal playground last week. Juarez took down seven races, including Sunday’s Just Jenda Stakes (Tasting the Stars). He leads all riders with 61 total triumphs.
Lopez is now second with 42 wins on the meet, overtaking Jose Ferrer (35). He visited the winner’s circle 10 times in the week that was.
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