(James Graham continues to hold the lead in the current Jockey Standings at the Fair Grounds / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)
James Graham is a tough rider. Ask anyone, anywhere. He can ride on the lead. He can encourage one from off the pace. He can excel on the grass course. He wins more than his share on the dirt. All the while, he never gives an inch to another, and asks a mile of his mounts.
And, this year’s meet at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans is a prime example of the man’s ability and tenacity. Although he may not be the most recognizable and familiar name in the rider colony at the Fair Grounds or across the country, Graham has been making a bigger name for himself and his clients this winter in the “Big Easy.”
From Day 1 of this meet, Graham has been on a lot of horses. And, he has been on a roll, too. After Sunday’s races were concluded, he had 230 mounts and had 39 trips to the winner’s circle to extend his ride just a bit farther and longer. In addition, Graham has been about to tally 45 seconds and 27 thirds, as well.
For this efforts, Graham’s horses have now won over $1.2 million in purses this meet. That puts him about $300,000 more than any other rider at the meet.
Holding down the second spot is Adam Beschizza, who has a record of 36-20-39 in 231 rides so far. His horses have earned $957,350 in purse money.
Six wins farther back, in third, is Shaun Bridgmohan, who has posted 30 wins, 17 seconds and 11 thirds in just 132 mounts. His horses have posted $905,164 in purse money earned.
Here’s a closer look at the Top 25 riders this meet:
|4||Corey J. Lanerie||143||24||21||15||$898,031||17%||60||42%|
|6||Colby J. Hernandez||220||27||33||36||$845,050||12%||96||44%|
|10||Ricardo Santana, Jr.||85||16||16||10||$535,660||19%||42||49%|
|19||Joseph Rocco, Jr.||40||5||2||5||$197,570||13%||12||30%|
|20||Jose Valdivia, Jr.||79||5||5||14||$194,370||6%||24||30%|
|23||Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.||8||3||0||1||$174,860||38%||4||50%|
(Data Courtesy of Equibase)