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’m not going to get spiritual about this thing, but I’ll tell you this – I really felt Mr. Benson was with us today. This guy reminds me a lot of Mylute, who came from off the pace and just got beat a neck in the Louisiana Derby and that’s what happened to day with Lone Sailor. We’ve got the points now. I know the group wants to go to the Kentucky Derby and I stand behind that as well so if he’s happy then we’re going to go.

Tom Amoss, Trainer of second-place finisher Lone Sailor at Louisiana Derby
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