(Jockey Tyler Gaffalione / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

The race is now on.

For good. For serious. For the marbles.

After Sunday’s races were completed, young and youthful rider Tyler Gaffalione had inched his way to a 3-win lead over Corey Lanerie in the race for Churchill Downs’ Spring/Summer Meet “Jockey’s Title.”

Following 82 mounts, Gaffalione — who now hangs his tack in Kentucky for much of the time that he is not residing in Florida for the Winter months — had managed a lofty resume of 15 wins, 19 seconds and 9 thirds.

His win percentage was holding steady at .18%, but his horses had finished “In the Money,” a whopping .52% of the time.

While his horses have managed to boost Gaffalione to a slim lead in the “Number of Wins” category, that is not the most impressive thing about Gaffalione’s Spring in Kentucky this year. Not in the least.

Right now, Gaffalione is swamping the competition out of the Jockey’s Room in purse earnings. After Sunday, Gaffalione’s horses have totaled over $825,148 in purse earnings. The nearest competitor — Richardo Santana, Jr. — is over $230,000 behind.

Here’s a look at the Top 25 riders here so far this meet:

1 Tyler Gaffalione 82 15 19 9 $825,148 18% 43 52%
2 Ricardo Santana, Jr. 77 11 7 10 $592,891 14% 28 36%
3 Corey J. Lanerie 92 12 9 13 $547,313 13% 34 37%
4 Jose L. Ortiz 58 7 5 10 $509,193 12% 22 38%
5 Joel Rosario 48 9 11 8 $503,703 19% 28 58%
6 John R. Velazquez 38 9 4 4 $468,806 24% 17 45%
7 Florent Geroux 60 10 4 6 $456,841 17% 20 33%
8 Julien R. Leparoux 64 6 7 4 $440,199 9% 17 27%
9 Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. 63 6 7 12 $368,122 10% 25 40%
10 Martin Garcia 51 6 6 5 $352,018 12% 17 33%
11 James Graham 54 6 3 6 $234,245 11% 15 28%
12 Rafael Bejarano 45 6 3 1 $233,159 13% 10 22%
13 Javier Castellano 29 2 7 2 $209,312 7% 11 38%
14 Mitchell Murrill 34 4 1 2 $179,533 12% 7 21%
15 Joseph Talamo 73 1 7 10 $178,674 1% 18 25%
16 Gerardo Corrales 19 5 4 2 $150,598 26% 11 58%
17 David Cohen 31 6 3 0 $145,723 19% 9 29%
18 Chris Landeros 25 2 3 2 $141,587 8% 7 28%
19 Miguel Mena 43 4 1 3 $118,018 9% 8 19%
20 Tyler Baze 30 2 3 4 $116,132 7% 9 30%
21 Colby J. Hernandez 17 2 3 1 $106,791 12% 6 35%
22 Adam Beschizza 29 1 2 4 $105,647 3% 7 24%
23 Declan Cannon 31 1 1 3 $105,440 3% 5 16%
24 Paco Lopez 11 1 3 1 $97,001 9% 5 45%
25 Shaun Bridgmohan 16 3 1 2 $86,232 19% 6 38%

(Stats compiled by Equibase)