Who is the leading rider at the Fair Grounds this meet?

Good question. And, as in most good questions, the answer is not so easy to pin down. As my mom used to say:

“Well, that depends.”

If you are looking for the leading rider with the most number of wins, then the answer would be Miguel Mena. After Sunday’s racing was concluded, Mena had posted a meet-topping 44 wins, with an additional 34 seconds and 31 thirds.

Not bad for the journeyman rider, who gets first call for most of Tom Amoss stars and such. So far, his horses have amassed $1.159 million in purses, too, and his win percentage is .17 and his mounts have finished in the top 3 on 42% of the time.

Easy, right? Well, that depends.

If you are looking for the leading rider with the most purse money won to date, then the answer would be Corey Lanerie, the superstar of the Midwest. So far this meet, his horses have won over $1.266 million in purses, and that is the tops for the meet so far. In 237 rides, his has 34 wins — 10 fewer than Mena. But Lanerie has 47 seconds and 44 thirds, and despite a win percentage of only .14 so far, his horses have hit the board .53% of the time.

Well, that makes it more clear. Right?

Well, that depends.

If you are searching for the rider with the best win percentage and the highest percentage of his horses finishing in the top three slots? Then, you are looking for Jersey Joe Bravo.

In only 108 rides this meet, Bravo has 31 wins, 12 seconds and 17 thirds. His win percentage is nearly .30 and his horses have hit the board over .56% of the time. That’s No. 1 in that category.

Ok. So, now we have it. Mena, Lanerie, and Bravo are the top 3 riders?

Well, that depends.

The second leading rider by number of wins is Shaun Bridgmohan, with 42. And, he is also the second leading rider by purses won, what with over $1.211 million.

The most noted rider — by virtue of his ride on the grand Champ Gun Runner — is Florent Geroux, who is the meet’s fourth leading rider in purses won despite having ridden just 177 times this meet in New Orleans.

And, the brightest new rider to the circuit? Well, that could be Adam Beschizza, who has 35 wins, 25 seconds and 25 thirds in only 180 rides to date.

So, does that help?

Well, that depends, right?

Here’s a closer look at the top 25:

1 Corey J. Lanerie 237 34 47 44 $1,266,670 14% 125 53%
2 Shaun Bridgmohan 167 42 21 22 $1,211,657 25% 85 51%
3 Miguel Mena 262 44 34 31 $1,159,378 17% 109 42%
4 Florent Geroux 177 30 31 26 $1,068,090 17% 87 49%
5 Mitchell Murrill 285 37 31 45 $975,820 13% 113 40%
6 Joe Bravo 108 31 12 17 $901,465 29% 60 56%
7 Adam Beschizza 180 35 25 25 $829,390 19% 85 47%
8 Colby J. Hernandez 173 23 27 22 $711,440 13% 72 42%
9 James Graham 169 21 20 21 $655,641 12% 62 37%
10 Jose Valdivia, Jr. 169 15 21 23 $654,405 9% 59 35%
11 Marcelino Pedroza 213 24 31 20 $634,840 11% 75 35%
12 Gabriel Saez 159 20 18 22 $578,190 13% 60 38%
13 Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. 136 14 16 15 $519,825 10% 45 33%
14 Robby Albarado 167 10 20 19 $479,150 6% 49 29%
15 Chantal Sutherland 165 15 21 18 $437,944 9% 54 33%
16 Jack Gilligan 136 14 16 19 $354,950 10% 49 36%
17 Sophie Doyle 102 10 8 11 $234,390 10% 29 28%
18 Jose Riquelme 101 9 14 8 $207,360 9% 31 31%
19 Jamie Theriot 80 7 5 9 $202,490 9% 21 26%
20 Diego Saenz 6 2 1 2 $183,638 33% 5 83%
21 Javier Castellano 7 2 1 0 $173,050 29% 3 43%
22 Christopher A. Emigh 80 6 12 5 $161,170 8% 23 29%
23 Aubrie Green 54 7 6 9 $127,240 13% 22 41%
24 Calvin H. Borel 63 4 4 7 $109,660 6% 15 24%
25 Declan Cannon 45 1 2 6 $86,320 2% 9 20%