It’s time to review the week that was in horse racing, focusing on jockey achievements from coast to coast.
Irad Ortiz Jr. remains on top at the current Aqueduct meet that runs until Dec. 8 with 18 victories. Five of those trips to the winner’s circle were made last week. He’s six wins clear of the nearest competition, Jose Lezcano and Junior Alvarado. The former also won five races last week, including the Key Cents Stakes atop Big Q. The latter won brought home four winners.
Jose Ortiz doubled a modest win total at “The Big A” to six last week. That included his strike in Sunday’s Notebook Stakes with Dream Bigger.
Corey Lanerie sits atop the Churchill fall meet standings with just two weeks remaining. He was aboard five winners last week.
Tyler Gaffalione matched Lanerie’s win total last week but still trails 21-15. James Graham and Ricardo Santana Jr. are tied for third at 13 wins apiece and Brian Hernandez Jr. is close behind them at 12.
Florent Geroux took the lone stake of the week, the River City Handicap, with Mr. Misunderstood. That was the second straight triumph in that race for Mr. Misunderstood and fifth overall stakes score at Churchill.
Drayden Van Dyke has asserted command at the “Bing Meet,” winning five times last week. That included his score in Saturday’s Bob Hope with the promising High Velocity. Abel Cedillo won just three times last week and now trails at the meet 8-6.
Tiago Pereira (five wins, 15 mounts), Flavien Prat (four wins, 16 mounts) and Mario Gutierrez (four wins, 16 mounts) have been riding at high percentages during the Del Mar fall meet. Racing will continue “Where the Turf Meets the Surf” for the next two weeks.
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