(Jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr. currently leads the Keeneland “Jockey Standings” / Photos by Coady Photography)

Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. has been on a roll of late. He’s been on a few horses that have been rolling lately, too.

After the first weekend of the current Keeneland October Fall Meet, Hernandez — a favorite on the Kentucky racing scene — holds the lead in one of the most prestigious racing sessions of the entire season and the entire country.

After the first 18 mounts, Hernandez has made his way to the winner’s circle on 5 occasions. He has added a second and three thirds to his resume. And? His horses have already won over $633,956 in purses, too.

That gives Hernandez a two-win cushion over Tyler Gaffalione, Florent Geroux, Corey Lanier, and James Graham — who are all tied for second place in number of wins with 3. Gaffalione has a mark of 3-2-2 in 20 rides so far, while Geroux has a 3-0-1 slate with 15 mounts. Lanier has a 3-0-1 record in 14 mounts, while Graham has a mark of 3-3-1 in 13 rides, so far.

It will be a race to the wire for the riding championship. Stay tuned.

1 Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. 18 5 1 3 $633,956 28% 9 50%
2 Alex Achard 2 1 0 0 $450,240 50% 1 50%
3 Irad Ortiz, Jr. 9 2 2 2 $425,595 22% 6 67%
4 Flavien Prat 8 1 4 0 $421,530 13% 5 63%
5 Tyler Gaffalione 20 3 2 2 $407,571 15% 7 35%
6 Florent Geroux 15 3 0 1 $403,766 20% 4 27%
7 Jose L. Ortiz 14 0 4 4 $358,247 0% 8 57%
8 Julien R. Leparoux 17 1 2 2 $258,114 6% 5 29%
9 Corey J. Lanerie 14 3 0 1 $242,361 21% 4 29%
10 Joel Rosario 8 2 1 1 $201,267 25% 4 50%
11 James Graham 13 3 3 1 $201,250 23% 7 54%
12 John R. Velazquez 6 1 1 1 $174,592 17% 3 50%
13 Joseph Talamo 9 1 0 1 $100,125 11% 2 22%
14 Paco Lopez 1 0 1 0 $100,000 0% 1 100%
15 Adam Beschizza 13 1 1 1 $92,788 8% 3 23%
16 Rafael Bejarano 13 0 3 0 $66,290 0% 3 23%
17 Luis Saez 3 1 0 0 $60,974 33% 1 33%
18 Junior Alvarado 4 0 0 2 $57,043 0% 2 50%
19 Francisco Arrieta 8 1 0 0 $49,750 13% 1 13%
20 Ricardo Santana, Jr. 17 0 0 3 $47,116 0% 3 18%
21 Sophie Doyle 5 0 1 0 $44,819 0% 1 20%
22 Mitchell Murrill 8 1 1 2 $40,739 13% 4 50%
23 Miguel Mena 7 1 0 0 $30,926 14% 1 14%
24 Reylu Gutierrez 6 0 0 1 $28,401 0% 1 17%
25 Daniel Alexander Tudhope 1 0 0 0 $22,500 0% 0 0%

(Stats Compiled by Equibase)