Churchill Downs Racing Factoids for 2018: Courtesy of Ed DeRosa

(Ed DeRosa, Director of Marketing at / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

Ed DeRosa, the Director of Marketing at, is a fascinating man when it comes to handicapping and digging up interesting facts about certain race meets, and pedigrees.

While I hate to give the man credit (just kidding; he is one of our most favorite regulars on the site), he does pique the interest and mind with some of his discoveries on his fact-finding missions. They are almost as interesting as his sojourns to find the best food in and around racetracks around the globe.

So, here are some tasty morsels from the plate of one Ed DeRosa, courtesy of his Twitter Account last night:

The Leading Riders at Churchill Downs in 2018 By Number of Wins:

  1. Corey Lanerie — 73
  2. Brian Joseph Hernandez — 72
  3. Florent Geroux — 59
  4. Ricardo Santana, Jr. — 56
  5. Julien Leparoux — 53

Riders Who Struggled at Churchill Downs in 2018:

  1. Samuel Camacho — 0-for-79
  2. Fernando De La Cruz — 0-for-39
  3. Orlando Mojica — 0-for-21
  4. Carlos Vilasana — 1-for-41
  5. Miguel Mena (who was injured and missed most of this year, mind you) — 1-for-21
  6. Rodney Prescott — 2-for-35

Leading Trainers at Churchill Downs in 2018 By Number of Wins:

  1. Steve Asmussen — 46
  2. Brad Cox — 38
  3. Ian Wilkes — 29
  4. Kenny McPeek — 27
  5. Eddie Kenneally — 24
  6. Chris Hartman — 20
  7. Mike Maker — 20

Trainers Who Struggled at Churchill Downs in 2018:

  1. Donnie Von Hemel — 0-for-34
  2. Andy Milligan — 0-for-29
  3. Pat Huffman — 0-for-25
  4. Brian Williamson — 1-for-34
  5. Helen Pitts — 1-for-31
  6. D. Wayne Lukas — 2-for-79

Leading Sires By Number of Winners at Churchill Downs in 2018:

  1. Ghostzapper — 16
  2. Bodemeister — 15
  3. Into Mischief — 15
  4. Quality Road — 15
  5. More Than Ready — 14
  6. Blame — 13
  7. Tapit — 13

Interesting stuff right there, courtesy of Ed DeRosa.


I was absolutely dancing into the Winner’s Circle. It was so exciting and Joel has been like one of my kids ever since he came from Bay Meadows. We tease each other a lot. We greet each other by grunting and everybody looks at us like, ‘what’s that all about’ but we’ve been doing it for years. So it’s wonderful to win with him. The owners are great people that really deserve something like this.

“This horse seems like he’s more adept at seven furlongs to a mile so I’m not sure he wants a mile and a quarter …

“I could tell my horse had won, but I was so excited in the stretch I thought I was gonna pass out.

“We are very happy with the way our horse had trained for this race, but it’s always scary when you get a look at those Baffert ‘Maseratis’, it pretty much unfolded the way we had hoped.

“The people that own this horse, they’ve got this colt a seven furlong-miler type maybe time will tell differently, but the other colt they are focusing on him going the two turns.”

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