|2019 Overall 920||920/331-323-436|
|Win % of Top Pick||35.98%|
|Payoff % of Top 3 Picks Overall||39.49%|
|2019 Top Pick in the Money –626 of 920||68.04%|
|Top Selection ITM / CD 228-344||68.26%|
|Top Selection Win / CD 121-344||35.17%|
|“Key Horses” @ CD 50-17-12-6||34.00%|
|“Key Horses” in 2019 165-64-34-20||38.79%|
Bad weather day at the big oval in Louisville on Sunday. Tornado warnings sent some in the crowd running for cover, and others into the tunnel connecting to the infield. Torrential rains inundated the track — during Churchill Downs into Churchill Drowns. High winds sucked the air out of the enthusiasm of some of the crowd.
But it was not a bad day, handicapping wise. Sunny results for most of the day.
We hit four winners in a row and cashed exactas that returned $10.60, $31.00, $23.70, $13.10, $13.30 and $55.10 for each $1 played. Nice.
See you on Thursday, for the last days of the current Spring / Summer meet. Where has the time gone?
(Jockeys Corey Lanerie, left, and Ricardo Santana, Jr)
Lanerie Has Riding Title All But Locked Up at Churchill Downs Meet; Santana Tops All Riders in “Purses Earned”
It has been a terrific Spring / Summer Race meet for a couple of top riders that spend much of their time in Kentucky these days.
Corey Lanerie — a perennial threat to win each and every riding championship at the various Kentucky tracks — has all but locked up the current meet trophy. Going into Thursday’s card and the final couple of days of live racing in Louisville this Spring & Summer, Lanerie has amassed 38 wins, 24 seconds and 26 thirds in 189 rides. That’s a handy win percentage of .20%, and his horses have hit the board .47% of the time. In addition, his mounts have earned over $2,119 million in purses — which is second on the tote board.
Ricardo Santana, Jr., who rides first saddle for the barn of Steve Asmussen, has had a stellar meet, as well. He has ridden 151 times this meet, with a tally sheet of 24-24-23. His horses have won over $2.512 million in purses, to claim first spot in that important category.
Miguel Mena, who has overcome a serious ankle injury to return to the saddle full-time this meet, is also having a nice meet. The popular rider has 29 wins, 26 seconds and 31 thirds in 186 mounts, and currently is sitting alone in second place in the “win category.”
Here’s a look at the top 25 riders this meet:
|1||Ricardo Santana, Jr.||151||24||24||23||$2,512,347||16%||71||47%|
|2||Corey J. Lanerie||189||38||24||26||$2,119,861||20%||88||47%|
|4||Julien R. Leparoux||136||27||18||14||$1,664,500||20%||59||43%|
|6||Jose L. Ortiz||28||5||1||7||$1,477,224||18%||13||46%|
|7||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||23||5||3||3||$1,472,062||22%||11||48%|
|10||Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.||163||20||21||17||$1,351,305||12%||58||36%|
|11||John R. Velazquez||23||3||2||2||$1,218,393||13%||7||30%|
|18||Mike E. Smith||8||1||2||0||$555,060||13%||3||38%|