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%

I didn’t think the fractions were real, real fast. I think it was a good race and was what we needed. Hopefully we come out of here really good and get that mile and a quarter. We knew we were up against it a little at a mile and an eighth and that we would have an advantage when he goes a little longer. This is a good steppingstone – we were within two lengths of the winner, so this is one we can build off and go to Churchill Downs.“I wanted to go in here really positive, so I think this is a nice race coming off that really hard race (the San Felipe Stakes). Hopefully we get to come back really good.”

Mick Ruis, Owner/trainer of runner-up Bolt d’Oro who ran the Santa Anita Derby
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