(Rider Gerardo Corrales / Photo from Twitter account)
There is no doubt who is going to win the rider’s title at Turfway Park’s Winter/Spring race meeting that is scheduled to conclude this March. It will be, undoubtedly, a “March to March” by the talented Albin Jimenez.
No drama. No come-from-behind thrillers. No doubts.
The man is going to win.
After all, after Saturday night’s races were completed, Jimenez had a record of 22-10-8 in 97 rides this meet — which started on Jan. 1. His win percentage sits chilly at .23%. His horses have run “in the money” at first-second-third on .41% of the time.
That gives Jimenez a whopping 10-win lead over his nearest rival. That is a furlong lead. Story over.
But there is a story to be told that is currently unfolding in the jock’s room at Turfway Park that doesn’t have the name “Jimenez” as the by-line. And, that is the emergence of jockey Gerardo Corrales.
Early in December, when he first pounced onto the Northern Kentucky social scene and made an appearance on the back of a horse at Turfway Park, Corrales rode almost exclusively for trainer Wesley Ward. Not a back introduction, mind you. Ward is always at or near the top of the leaderboard for the Trainer’s, too. But still, Corrales’ riding opportunities were scarce and hard to find.
After Saturday’s rides had come to a halt, Corrales had a resume of 12 wins, 12 seconds and 6 thirds. He’s not going to be able to catch the front-running Jimenez. No way. But those totals give Corrales a hold on the second spot in the rider’s race — a win in front of apprentice Joseph D. Ramos. Ramos has a 11-6-11 mark in 73 rides.
But here’s the deal about Corrales.
The shocking thing about his numbers?
If you doubled the number of his mounts, he would have 98 rides to date. That would give him one more mount than what Jimenez currently has. If Corrales was able to win .24% of those additional 49 rides — which is exactly the rate he is winning at right now — then Corrales would have about 12 more wins.
And, that would put Corrales in the lead in the clubhouse. Corrales — hypothetically — would have 24 wins compared to Jimenez’ 22.
Now, that is something to think about. Right?
Especially if you are contemplating a rider for your horse.
The likes of trainer Mike Maker is already taking notice. The likes of other trainers are starting to pay attention. The likes of some of the top barns are now getting in touch with the agent.
Chances are zero that Corrales can catch Jimenez.
But chances are that Corrales is making a name and a game for himself, too.
Here’s a look at the Top 20 riders at the current Turfway Park Meet:
|4||Joseph D. Ramos||73||11||6||11||$188,226||15%||28||38%|
|5||Rodney A. Prescott||77||6||10||13||$163,431||8%||29||38%|
|10||Leandro D. Goncalves||65||6||4||2||$87,291||9%||12||18%|
|15||Rafael Manuel Hernandez||28||4||4||1||$61,181||14%||9||32%|
|17||Azael De Leon||33||3||7||2||$43,910||9%||12||36%|
(Stats Compiled by Equibase)