Day Results 10/3-6-3
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:

3-23-2019 By My Standards, with Gabriel Saez aboard, pulls to the lead in the 106th running of the Grade II $1,000,000 Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

3-5-2019 – Student Body, ridden by Miguel Mena and trained by Chris Davis, charges past the competitions in the 76th running of the Mardi Gras Stakes at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

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:

1 Flavien Prat 12 3 1 0 $2,052,346 25% 4 33%
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%
5 Gabriel Saez 67 13 12 10 $873,115 19% 35 52%
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%
9 Miguel Mena 73 13 12 13 $636,658 18% 38 52%
10 Tyler Gaffalione 64 9 10 5 $568,389 14% 24 38%
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%
13 James Graham 56 11 5 8 $450,792 20% 24 43%
14 Luis Saez 28 2 3 7 $444,692 7% 12 43%
15 Shaun Bridgmohan 30 3 6 3 $412,379 10% 12 40%
16 Joel Rosario 23 1 2 2 $351,259 4% 5 22%
17 Chris Landeros 53 4 7 6 $335,120 8% 17 32%
18 Florent Geroux 47 5 6 5 $322,497 11% 16 34%
19 Channing Hill 16 1 1 2 $316,622 6% 4 25%
20 Tyler Baze 52 8 4 4 $297,928 15% 16 31%
21 Adam Beschizza 42 3 7 6 $271,918 7% 16 38%
22 Manuel Franco 11 1 0 2 $254,171 9% 3 27%
23 Javier Castellano 18 1 2 2 $224,036 6% 5 28%
24 Declan Cannon 22 3 2 2 $150,135 14% 7 32%
25 Jack Gilligan 36 1 3 3 $123,020 3% 7 19%

(Stats Courtesy of Equibase)