|2019 Overall 719||719/258-259-345|
|Win % of Top Pick||35.88%|
|Payoff % of Top 3 Picks Overall||39.96%|
|2019 Top Pick in the Money –490 of 719||68.15%|
|Top Selection ITM / CD 90-142||63.38%|
|Top Selection Win / CD 44-142||30.99%|
|“Key Horses” @ CD 30-11-7-4||36.66%|
|“Key Horses” in 2019 145-58-30-17||40.00%|
|Upset Special of the Day/ CD 8-1-1-0||12.50%|
Got off to a great start on Sunday “Fun Day” at the Churchill Downs’ racing oval. Three wins in the first five races. Nice exacta scores that rendered $20.20, $15.50 and $38.80 for each $1 played. Was on our way to pay day.
Then we went a bit cold. Struck out the rest of the day.
But we did have a wonderful weekend at the best racing venue in the entire world. So, we have righted the ship and ready to rock and roll this week.
See you on Thursday.
Gabriel Saez, Miguel Mena Share Lead in Churchill Downs’ Jockey Standings:
A couple of good guys are having a good time this Spring at Churchill Downs.
Gabriel Saez and Miguel Mena — two of the most popular guys in the Jockey’s Room and on the backside — are having a field day so far this Spring/Summer meet under the Twin Spires. After Sunday’s racing was complete, the two of them are currently sitting atop of the rider standings at the historic racetrack.
Saez has been able to make 13 trips to the winner’s circle in 67 mounts to date, with 12 seconds and 10 thirds. His horses have earned a whopping $873,115 so far this meet.
Mena, who has had to overcome a serious ankle injury that knocked him out of racing for over a year, is now back to full power. Or so it seems. It had a terrific weekend, and now has piled up a 13-12-13 record in 73 rides so far. His horses have earned $636,658 in purse money.
But the two of them have a lot of close company in the rider standings. Julien Leparoux has 12 wins. James Graham, who had a fantastic meet at the Fair Grounds this winter, has 11. And, both Ricardo Santana, Jr. and Corey Lanerie have 10 wins each.
It figures to be a race to the finish in the Jockey Standings, too. Here’s a close look at the Top 25 riders so far this meet:
|2||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||23||5||3||3||$1,472,062||22%||11||48%|
|3||Ricardo Santana, Jr.||45||10||3||7||$1,464,363||22%||20||44%|
|4||Jose L. Ortiz||23||4||1||6||$1,305,630||17%||11||48%|
|6||John R. Velazquez||19||2||2||2||$862,853||11%||6||32%|
|7||Corey J. Lanerie||75||10||18||9||$828,334||13%||37||49%|
|8||Julien R. Leparoux||60||12||6||7||$727,161||20%||25||42%|
|11||Mike E. Smith||8||1||2||0||$555,060||13%||3||38%|
|12||Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.||61||8||7||3||$497,838||13%||18||30%|
(Stats Courtesy of Equibase)