Fair Grounds Stat of the Day: Notable Jockey Stats From Past 3 Years

Thanks to my great friend, ally, and betting strategist Ed DeRosa — the Director of Marketing at Brisnet.com — here are some notable jockey statistics at The Fair Grounds over the past three years. When the race ends at the “tricky short stretch” 1-mile distance on the dirt, here are some numbers. “Eddie D” — no, not Eddie Delahoussaye, the great rider — tweeted this out earlier today over the airwaves. In no order of preference:

  1. Adam Beschizza: 10-for-44
  2. Shaun Bridgmohan: 21-72
  3. Sophie Doyle: 0-53
  4. Florent Geroux: 28-103
  5. James Graham: 27-140
  6. Miguel Mena: 31-154

Guess which rider had a super ROI?

That would be this guy:

(Shaun Bridgmohan / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

That’s very, very special to do it at Tampa Bay,” an emotional O’Connell said after Well Defined’s two-and-three-quarter length victory from a charging Kentucky Wildcat in 1:42.70 for the mile-and-a-sixteenth, .26 seconds off 2018 winner Flameaway’s stakes record. So Alive finished a distant third, with the 19-10 favorite, Knicks Go, getting nipped for fourth at the wire by Counter Offer.

“He’s had little things that have happened and he’s grown up mentally and physically, and today he showed up with his game face on,” O’Connell said of the Florida-bred Well Defined, a son of With Distinction by Fru Fru, out of Medaglia d’Oro. “I like this horse a lot and the decision (on what’s next) will be up to the owners (Gilbert and Marilyn Campbell’s Stonehedge, LLC), but we just want him healthy. Maybe the (Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 9) – who knows.”

“His rear end slipped out from underneath him in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile,” she said, “and he was compromised on early position when he ran in the Mucho Macho Man and got bottled up inside. He’s a young horse who is improving, mind-wise and everything-wise.”

KATHLEEN O’CONNELL, TRAINER OF WINNER WELL DEFINED
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