Jose Valdivia, Jr. Leads Riders at Arlington Park

Jose Valdivia, Jr. is running away with the currently rider’s title at Arlington Park. The leading rider here a year ago is having another standout time of it in the Chicago area, having hit the board with 62% of his mounts and winning at a high end rate of .28%.

So far this meet, his horses have earned over $1.072 million in purses, and that puts him atop the leader board in all three major categories.

Mitchell Murrill is 16 wins back in second, while the team of Sophie Doyle and Julio Felix is 26 wins in arrears.

Here is a closer look at the top 15 riders this meet.

1Jose Valdivia, Jr.169482927$1,072,05928%10462%
2Mitchell Murrill178323024$749,30818%8648%
3Carlos H. Marquez, Jr.136192220$617,29914%6145%
4Sophie Doyle155222127$506,72114%7045%
5Julio E. Felix154222120$503,55214%6341%
6Christopher A. Emigh136211820$471,65215%5943%
7Jose E. Lopez122141120$438,03311%4537%
8Edgar Perez138201915$426,15114%5439%
9Harry Hernandez9111159$292,08012%3538%
10Jermaine V. Bridgmohan611188$248,91818%2744%
11Constantino Roman11991115$236,6348%3529%
12Joe Bravo7302$157,64043%571%
13Joseph Berrios45748$135,52516%1942%
14Santo Sanjur18430$130,65822%739%
15Anthony Y. Nunez84388$130,6204%1923%

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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