McLean Is On a Roll, of Late / Churchill Downs’ Jockey Standings After Sunday’s Races

Day Results9-4-4-3
2018 Overall 1756646-625-768
Win % of Top Pick36.79%
Payoff % of Top 3 Picks Overall38.72%
Top Selection ITM / CD Nov 82-13461.19%
Top Selection Win / CD Nov 45-13433.58%
“Key Horses” @ CD Nov: 21-7-4-133.33%

We had a pretty darn good weekend, winning 4 of 9 races on Sunday, after a 4 win day in 11 races on Saturday.

In fact, over the last 50 races that we have handicapped at Churchill Downs (we tossed on on Sunday when it was moved from the grass to the dirt and our top six picks were scratched), we have nailed down 20 winners. That factors out to a win percentage of .40%. Not bad in this game. Not bad at all.

On Saturday, we hit exactas that returned $13.70, $13.40, $24.50, $17, $19.10, $67.30, $3.20 and $94.90 for each $1 played.

On Sunday, we had exactas that paid $19.70, $10.80, $52.90, $14.70, $13.80 and $10.30 for each $1 wagered on them.

So, not a bad weekend for the ole’ home team.

Now, here’s hoping that we can slay us a turkey or two later this week. Gearing up with the ole’ musket.

Churchill Downs Jockey Standings:

On Saturday, Edgar Morales lost his “apprentice”status, and, thus, lost his 5-pound weight allowance. But it may not matter. After Sunday’s races were done, Morales was still leading the current November meet in terms of wins — with 17.

In the first 89 rides this meet, Morales has carved out a nice resume of 17-13-10. His win percentage is .19%, and his horses have hit the board on .45% of the occasion. To top it off, his horses have earned nearly $700,000 in purse money.

The second leading rider is Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr., who is three wins behind. In 94 rides so far this meet, he has 14 wins, 16 seconds and 12 thirds. While his win percentage is at .15%, his horse’s have also finished in the top three positions on .45% of the time.

Three wins back is a quartet of riders. Florent Geroux, Ricardo Santana, Jr., Tyler Gaffalion, and Corey Lanerie are all log jammed with 11 wins each.

Sitting just one win back of those guys is Chris Landeros, who has managed to make 10 trips to the winner’s circle.

Here’s a snapshot of the Top 25 riders during the current meet:

1Joel Rosario15502$5,800,24033%747%
2Lanfranco Dettori3200$3,320,00067%267%
3Irad Ortiz, Jr.14231$2,792,00014%643%
4Javier Castellano12313$2,107,80025%758%
5Florent Geroux711189$1,950,63215%2839%
6Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.94141612$1,538,34815%4245%
7John R. Velazquez9102$1,535,23011%333%
8Paco Lopez2100$1,100,00050%150%
9Ryan L. Moore8010$1,030,0000%113%
10Ricardo Santana, Jr.74111415$1,022,42215%4054%
11Drayden Van Dyke9210$1,019,52022%333%
12Jose L. Ortiz25411$1,000,76216%624%
13William T. Buick5110$890,00020%240%
14Tyler Gaffalione771194$743,60714%2431%
15Edgar Morales89171310$693,64219%4045%
16Corey J. Lanerie83111515$663,89113%4149%
17Christophe Soumillon1001$540,0000%1100%
18Albin Jimenez34336$499,0179%1235%
19Julien R. Leparoux57993$455,02616%2137%
20Chris Landeros4810310$445,89121%2348%
21Manuel Franco8101$368,30013%225%
22Gabriel Saez34475$318,51712%1647%
23Flavien Prat6001$300,0000%117%
24Robby Albarado73549$264,9767%1825%
25Shaun Bridgmohan22502$261,55423%732%

(Data 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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