|2019 Overall 35||11-14-20-x|
|Win % of Top Pick||31.43%|
|Payoff % of Top 3 Picks Overall||42.86%|
|2019 Top Pick in the Money –21 of 35||60.00%|
|Top Selection ITM / FG Nov-Mar 148-214||69.16%|
|Top Selection Win / FG Nov-Mar 84-214||39.25%|
|“Key Horses” @ FG Nov-Mar 40-20-8-3||50.00%|
|“Key Horses” in 2019 9-4-1-0||44.44%|
We had our worst day of handicapping since we switched from Churchill Downs to the Fair Grounds at the conclusion of the November 2018 meeting and about Thanksgiving time. We had been on such a roll down at the “Big Easy.” Until Sunday.
We managed only one winner in the 9-race card. We did hit the first three exactas on the card — which returned $12.70, $41.70, and $14.10 for each $1 wagered — but that was it. Nada. Too bad. So sad.
But we will try to right the ship when the races pull back into port later this week. Until then, we will give the brain a little bit of a vacation.
Graham Continues to Hold a Slim Lead in the Fair Grounds’ Jockey Standings:
|2||Corey J. Lanerie||109||22||17||14||$788,401||20%||53||49%|
|4||Colby J. Hernandez||181||23||29||31||$731,600||13%||83||46%|
|14||Ricardo Santana, Jr.||55||9||10||8||$318,090||16%||27||49%|
|15||Jose Valdivia, Jr.||79||5||5||14||$194,370||6%||24||30%|
|22||Joseph Rocco, Jr.||29||3||2||4||$77,870||10%||9||31%|
|24||Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.||1||1||0||0||$60,000||100%||1||100%|
(Statistics courtesy of Equibase)
James Graham, who jumped to a early and clear lead in the race for the rider’s title at this long and enduring race meet at the Fair Grounds, continues to hold onto a slim margin going into the races later this week.
Graham has managed to take a side trip to the winner’s circle 32 time out of 180 rides in New Orleans this meet, and that gives him a slim 2-win margin over fellow Brit, Adam Beschizza. The “Biscuit,” as he is affectionately known and referred to, has managed 30 wins in 177 mounts to date. Graham’s mounts have hit the board 52% of the time, while Beschizza’s horses have been first, second or third on 40% of the time.
There is a logjam behind the top two jockeys so far. Mitchell Murrill has 24 wins, while Shaun Bridgmohan, and Colby Hernandez both have 23. Just a win farther back in Corey Lanerie, who has 22 wins to date.
Lanerie’s horses have amassed $788,401 in purse earnings so far this meet, though, and that puts him second behind Graham’s total of $1,017,780 in that category.
(James Graham continues to hold onto lead in the Fair Grounds’ Jockey Standings / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)