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.


The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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