Day Results 10/5-2-3
2019 Overall 681 681/246-246-333
Win % of Top Pick 36.12%
Payoff % of Top 3 Picks Overall 40.38%
2019 Top Pick in the Money –465 of 681 68.28%
Top Selection ITM / CD 65-104 62.50%
Top Selection Win / CD 32-104 30.77%
“Key Horses” @ CD 18-7-3-2 38.88%
“Key Horses” in 2019 133-54-26-15 40.6
Upset Special of the Day/ CD 5-0-0-0 0.00%

We had a good Sunday at Churchill Downs. Mother’s Day celebration. Sunny skies. Sorta. And, lots of winners.

Out of the 10 races contested, we had 5 winners and we cashed exactas for $12.70, $15.20, $12.00, $22.20 and $19.60 for each $1 played. Not bad. Not bad at all.

After a slow, slow start to the meet, we are now creeping back to respectability, and our year-long numbers. We are up to 30.77 winners for the current meet, and our “Key Horses” are winning at a 40.60 rate for the year. Of the 18 “Key Plays of the Day” so far this Churchill Downs meet, we have had 7 winners and hit the board on 12 of the 18 races.

Gabriel Saez, Richardo Santana, Jr. Tied with 10 Wins Apiece:

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

(Ricardo Santana, Jr. had a huge day on KY Oaks Day / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

The rider colony at Churchill Downs’ current Spring/Summer meet may be as strong and deep as any in its’ recent history. And, that figures to be both fun and competitive all meet long.

So far, that is playing out.

After the first couple of weeks, both Gabriel Saez and Ricardo Santana, Jr. are tied for the lead in the rider standings with 10 wins apiece.

Just a win back in third is James Graham, with 9 trips to the winner’s circle.

Just a win back in fourth are both Corey Lanerie, and Tyler Gaffalione.

It figures to be a close race for the top spot for the remainder of the meet. Here’s a close look at the top riders, so far:

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. 36 10 3 5 $1,442,361 28% 18 50%
4 Jose L. Ortiz 23 4 1 6 $1,305,630 17% 11 48%
5 John R. Velazquez 19 2 2 2 $862,853 11% 6 32%
6 Gabriel Saez 41 10 8 7 $707,435 24% 25 61%
7 Corey J. Lanerie 51 8 12 7 $677,990 16% 27 53%
8 Mike E. Smith 8 1 2 0 $555,060 13% 3 38%
9 Julien R. Leparoux 44 7 3 5 $496,018 16% 15 34%
10 Tyler Gaffalione 51 8 8 3 $487,558 16% 19 37%
11 Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. 48 7 5 3 $451,023 15% 15 31%
12 Luis Saez 28 2 3 7 $444,692 7% 12 43%
13 Miguel Mena 46 7 8 6 $440,062 15% 21 46%
14 Joel Rosario 23 1 2 2 $351,259 4% 5 22%
15 James Graham 42 9 3 5 $332,935 21% 17 40%
16 Channing Hill 10 1 1 1 $308,017 10% 3 30%
17 Chris Landeros 40 4 5 5 $290,098 10% 14 35%
18 Florent Geroux 39 4 5 4 $281,002 10% 13 33%
19 Shaun Bridgmohan 16 1 2 1 $269,715 6% 4 25%
20 Manuel Franco 11 1 0 2 $254,171 9% 3 27%
21 Javier Castellano 18 1 2 2 $224,036 6% 5 28%
22 Tyler Baze 33 5 1 4 $177,583 15% 10 30%
23 Adam Beschizza 28 0 5 3 $98,924 0% 8 29%
24 Jack Gilligan 24 0 3 2 $96,107 0% 5 21%
25 Geovanni Franco 1 0 1 0 $96,000 0% 1 100%