McLean Handicapping Statistics After Saturday’s Card at Keeneland; Castellano Leads Jockey Standings

Day Results10-2-3-3
2019 Overall 553207-207-270
Win % of Top Pick37.43%
Payoff % of Top 3 Picks Overall42.44%
2019 Top Pick in the Money –387 of 55170.24%
Top Selection ITM / KEE 54-8166.67%
Top Selection Win / KEE 27-8133.33%
“Key Horses” @ KEE 8-5-2-162.50%
“Key Horses” in 2019 115-47-22-1340.87%
Upset Special of the Day/ KEE 11-2-0-218.18%

Another cold, rainy day of weather and a bit chilly at the windows, as well. But we will be back on Wednesday, and we will have the last week of this April meet to put a ribbon on things. We wait all Winter long for the coming of Spring and the arrival of the brilliantly festive and beautiful meet at Keeneland. And, it lasts so short. So very short.

But we will take full advantage of the final week and enjoy it to the maximum.

(Jockey Javier Castellano continues to hold onto the lead in the race for Keeneland’s Jockey Championship / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

Castellano Headlines the Jockey Standings at Keeneland:

After Sunday’s racing was all said and done, and in the record books, as well, Javier Castellano continues to have a Hall of Fame meet. He still leads all riders in nearly every category, including the number of wins and in purses earned so far this meet.

After just 33 rides this meet, Castellano has a stellar riding resume here this meet of 14 wins, 7 seconds and 4 thirds. His horses have won .42% of the time, and have hit the board on .76% of the races he has appeared.

More importantly and impressively, his horses have earned nearly $2 million in purses won.

The second leading rider is tied between Florent Geroux and Joel Rosario, who both have 12 wins, while both Tyler Gaffalione and Luis Saez have made a side trip to the winner’s circle 11 times.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 riders here this meet:

1Javier Castellano331474$1,905,91442%2576%
2Tyler Gaffalione7411411$911,69815%2635%
3Florent Geroux6512104$734,57718%2640%
4Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.669810$707,99614%2741%
5Luis Saez581197$677,58519%2747%
6Irad Ortiz, Jr.32485$663,26213%1753%
7Joel Rosario431274$651,77528%2353%
8Paco Lopez11320$544,49527%545%
9John R. Velazquez37977$537,62324%2362%
10Julien R. Leparoux628710$532,37713%2540%
11Jose L. Ortiz39685$466,57615%1949%
12Miguel Mena28333$270,60811%932%
13Chris Landeros43324$242,7187%921%
14Corey J. Lanerie613610$241,4825%1931%
15James Graham49535$234,54710%1327%
16Albin Jimenez26154$174,4644%1038%
17Gabriel Saez30223$167,8007%723%
18Adam Beschizza54255$160,5054%1222%
19Robby Albarado29124$109,0003%724%
20Declan Cannon17131$66,4026%529%

(Stats Courtesy of Equibase)

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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