McLean’s Updated Handicapping Stats / Beschizza Climbs To #1 in Rider’s Standings at the FG

Day Results10-4-4-4
2019 Overall 379379-137-143-186
Win % of Top Pick36.15%
Payoff % of Top 3 Picks Overall40.99%
2019 Top Pick in the Money –268 of 37970.71%
Top Selection ITM / FG Nov-Mar 397-55871.15%
Top Selection Win / FG Nov-Mar 210-55837.63%
“Key Horses” @ FG Nov-Mar 120-50-24-1541.67%
“Key Horses” in 2019 92-34-18-1236.96%

We had a pretty good day on Sunday, coming up with 4 winners on the 10-race card. In three other races, our #1 selection ran second. We had picks that returned $9.60, $21.40, $10.40, $7.60 and $10.80 for each $2 played across the board.

We now have just two weeks left in this meet at the Fair Grounds, which will conclude the weekend of March 24 with Louisiana Derby and the Fair Grounds Oaks. The racetrack will go to 5 days of racing per week, starting this Wednesday. Hoping to close with a nice rush.

12-29-2018 – Adam Beschizza, (yellow cap) aboard Pretty Lady, puts a head in front of Cool Beans with Florent Geroux and Roussalka with Aubrie Green to win the 35th runnng of the Pago Hop Stakes at the Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

Beschizza Inches Ahead in Race for FG Riding Title:

I was down in ole’ Dixie this weekend, watching my colt run on Saturday, and ran into British-born and bred Adam Beschizza in the paddock. Got to exchange some pleasantries and chat awhile. What a delightful guy.

Ready with a smile and a firm handshake. Ready to talk horses, or the weather. Whatever your pleasure. Ready to finish this meet up in style and then head to Kentucky.

When I asked him about winning the “Rider’s Title” at this current Fair Grounds meet, he shook his head and smiled broadly. “That would be something, wouldn’t it? Never thought that would be possible. It won’t be easy, though. James (Graham) has a lot of good horses and is doing a great job. That will be tough to come by.”

As of now, it boils down to a two-man race:

Graham is still on top in the category of “purses won,” but Beschizza has inched ahead in the number of races won, to date.

After Sunday’s races were done, Beschizza has 69 wins in 389 mounts. Graham, on the other hand, has 67 wins in 412 rides.

Two weeks to go. Two riders to clash.

May the best man win.

1James Graham412676847$2,018,36016%18244%
2Adam Beschizza389694668$1,853,63018%18347%
3Florent Geroux232504427$1,777,98522%12152%
4Colby J. Hernandez390516463$1,542,40013%17846%
5Corey J. Lanerie261394333$1,510,24115%11544%
6Mitchell Murrill411515263$1,475,71012%16640%
7Shaun Bridgmohan212452621$1,339,58521%9243%
8Gabriel Saez271363439$1,228,23813%10940%
9Marcelino Pedroza353354242$1,079,90010%11934%
10Miguel Mena274323527$974,19512%9434%
11Jack Gilligan277253134$810,7059%9032%
12Ty Kennedy202212418$612,44010%6331%
13Joe Bravo7715159$602,94019%3951%
14Ricardo Santana, Jr.92161613$567,89017%4549%
15Tyler Gaffalione10422$487,20040%880%
16Chantal Sutherland206211427$455,15110%6230%
17Declan Carroll176122119$353,8807%5230%
18Sophie Doyle117141414$328,67012%4236%
19Aubrie Green208111519$304,7855%4522%
20Joseph Rocco, Jr.99779$304,2307%2323%
21Edgar Morales76975$218,46012%2128%
22Channing Hill15421$200,77027%747%
23Jose Valdivia, Jr.795514$194,3706%2430%
24Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.14301$185,86021%429%
25Ezequiel Lara1103910$130,5303%2220%

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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