McLean Has a “Super Sunday,” & A Look at the “Jockey’s Standings” at Keeneland’s Fall Meet

(Jose Ortiz, left, and Julie Leparoux are tied with 10 wins apiece at this Keeneland Fall meet / Photos Courtesy of Keeneland)

Day Results9-5-1-3
2018 Overall 1575584-569-690
Win % of Top Pick37.08%
Payoff % of Top 3 Picks Overall39.01%
Top Selection ITM / KEE: 81-12465.32%
Top Selection Win / KEE 45-12436.29%
“Key Horses”: 9-4-2 in 17 races52.94%

We had a really good Sunday. But, then again, we always do, no matter what.

Out of the 9 races we handicapped at Keeneland on the First Day of the Week, we hit 5 winners. Didn’t fare well in the Exacta category, with only two cashes. One of those was worth $23 for each $1 wagered. But, so far through this meet, we are having some good experiences. Our top selection has hit the board 65.32% of the time. Our top pick is winning at a 36.29 rate. And, our “Key Plays” have won 9 out of 17 and been on the board 15 times. Our win rate in that category is nearly 53%.

So, we will take a couple of days to recharge the batteries and work on our Breeders’ Cup — as the Pre-Entries are announced at 11:30 a.m. ET today. Tune into to catch the live feed.

As for the “Jockey’s Race” this Fall at Keeneland, here’s a look at the current Leader Board, with a couple of notes of interest:

  1. Jose Ortiz and Julien Leparoux are currently tied for the most wins this meet, with 10 each. But a youngster, Tyler Gaffalione, is still very much in the hunt with 9 trips to the winner’s circle.
  2. Gaffalione, who shipped in from Gulfstream to ride this meet, is currently holding a commanding lead in total purses won this meet. His horses have earned over $1,099,000 in 52 mounts. That gives him about a $250,000 edge over Florent Geroux in that category.
  3. Edgar Morales, an apprentice rider, is making a name for his game this meet, as well. In 44 rides this meet, he has 7 wins, a second and 5 thirds. His horses have earned over $200,000 in purses, as well.
1Tyler Gaffalione52955$1,099,85217%1937%
2Florent Geroux617911$760,46211%2744%
3Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.656610$725,9989%2234%
4Jose L. Ortiz6510128$677,21415%3046%
5Julien R. Leparoux641056$624,79316%2133%
6Javier Castellano15422$530,29727%853%
7James Graham52475$490,2848%1631%
8Ricardo Santana, Jr.62647$471,18710%1727%
9Albin Jimenez29314$462,04410%828%
10Joe Bravo13302$447,74223%538%
11John R. Velazquez14330$423,84021%643%
12Luis Saez18323$320,79217%844%
13Corey J. Lanerie71388$318,0524%1927%
14Chris Landeros44547$309,20811%1636%
15Adam Beschizza464510$229,4859%1941%
16Edgar Morales44715$203,45216%1330%
17Gabriel Saez35353$201,8779%1131%
18Declan Cannon32371$198,3209%1134%
19Jose Lezcano9211$194,33822%444%
20Robby Albarado503112$186,3986%1632%
21Shaun Bridgmohan25091$180,2560%1040%
22Calvin H. Borel17123$155,6596%635%
23Mike E. Smith6001$137,2340%117%
24Fernando De La Cruz1100$120,000100%1100%
25Channing Hill18211$119,18411%422%

(Statistics 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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