Leparoux Is Having a Great Fall; As In — Time of the Year

(Julien Leparoux / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

Julien Leparoux is having a pretty good Fall.

(Editor’s Note: the word “Fall” is with a capital letter and refers to one of the four seasons. No rider likes to use the word with a lower case.)

The veteran rider is coming off a spectacular meet at Keeneland, where he won the “Jockey’s Title,” over some of the sport’s absolute best. Over Jose Ortiz. Over Javier Castellano. Over Tyler Gaffalion. Over every other rider to throw a leg over one during the Lexington extravaganza.

Now, after just one day at the current Churchill Downs’ meet, he sits atop of the standings in terms of “Purses Won.” On Sunday’s opening day, Leparoux rode a single winner in 7 mounts, but he tallied four more second-place finishes. He end a pretty good work day with $156,799 in money earned.

Not a bad day at the office, mind you.

Ricardo Santana, Jr., and Gaffalione each earned 2 wins on Sunday. Santana did it with 9 mounts. Gaffalione made two trips to the circle with 8 rides. But both trail Leparoux in terms of “money earned.”

Here’s a look at the current standings at Churchill Downs:

1Julien R. Leparoux7140$156,79914%571%
2Ricardo Santana, Jr.9203$149,85022%556%
3Tyler Gaffalione8210$146,21525%338%
4Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.11123$133,6099%655%
5James Graham7121$96,01214%457%
6Luis Saez7102$86,39814%343%
7Miguel Mena8100$62,55213%113%
8Gabriel Saez4100$57,67525%125%
9Chris Landeros3100$56,50533%133%
10Corey J. Lanerie8010$26,6350%113%
11Julie Burke1010$24,0670%1100%
12Alex Achard3001$13,4720%133%
13Mitchell Murrill3001$8,7140%133%
14Sheldon Russell1000$5,9660%00%
15Alex L. Canchari3000$4,8780%00%
16Shaun Bridgmohan1000$4,8500%00%
17Declan Cannon1000$4,7500%00%
18David Cohen2000$3,8210%00%
19Robby Albarado3000$3,1840%00%
20Calvin H. Borel2000$2,9980%00%



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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