|2018 Overall 1529||567-559-668|
|Win % of Top Pick||37.08%|
|Payoff % of Top 3 Picks Overall||39.11%|
|Top Selection ITM / KEE: 51-78||65.38%|
|Top Selection Win / KEE 28-78||35.90%|
|“Key Horses”: 7-3-1 in 13 races||53.85%|
McLean’s Updated Statistics for 2018 / Keeneland Fall Meet:
Had three winners on the Sunday card, but a long-time friend — whose opinion I value greatly — once told me to never bet on a sloppy racetrack. Perhaps, I should have listened.
So far this meet, our top pick has won nearly .36% of the time, and my “key” horses have hit the board in 11 of 13 races (with the other two finishing fourth) and have won nearly .54% of the time. (Lost a couple on Sunday.)
My top number, though, is that my #1 selection in each of the Keeneland races so far this meet have hit the board on over .65% of the time. Not bad.
(Jockey Jose Ortiz is tied for the leading rider at Keeneland with 6 wins so far / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)
Keeneland Fall Meet Jockey Standings:
Quick, can you name the leading riders for Keeneland’s current Fall Meet?
Who has earned the most purse money? Can you name them? Three guesses.
Who is tied for the leading rider in number of wins? Can you name them? I bet you can get one. The other?
So far, through Sunday’s races, the names and the games may surprise you a bit.
The leading rider in terms of purses won is none other than…drum roll please…
Tyler Gaffalione. The young man, who has been riding the majority of his career in the sunny Sunshine State of Florida. Most recently, he blew North with the Hurricane winds to give his hand a try at Keeneland and in Kentucky. So far? So very good.
In his first 31 mounts this meet, Gaffalione has 4 wins, 4 seconds and 3 thirds and his mounts have amassed over $811,000 in purse earnings.
The leading riders in terms of races won is a bit more “anticipated” and a bit more “shocking” at the same time. One of the leading riders — with 6 wins so far — is Jose Ortiz. The man is known for winning races. Anywhere. Everywhere. And, it is no surprise that he has put up a record of 6-6-4 in the first 36 rides this meet.
He is tied with 6 wins with apprentice rider Edgar Morales, who has a 6-1-2 record in 31 mounts so far. The young man is surely making a name for himself throughout the Commonwealth.
Here’s a closer look at the Top 25 riders this meet:
|3||Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.||40||1||5||6||$508,056||3%||12||30%|
|4||Jose L. Ortiz||36||6||6||4||$450,206||17%||16||44%|
|5||John R. Velazquez||14||3||3||0||$423,840||21%||6||43%|
|9||Julien R. Leparoux||39||5||2||4||$354,256||13%||11||28%|
|10||Ricardo Santana, Jr.||42||4||3||5||$353,279||10%||12||29%|
|13||Corey J. Lanerie||47||1||7||5||$265,162||2%||13||28%|
|18||Calvin H. Borel||8||1||2||0||$147,552||13%||3||38%|
|22||Mike E. Smith||3||0||0||1||$132,500||0%||1||33%|
|23||Fernando De La Cruz||1||1||0||0||$120,000||100%||1||100%|
(Statistics courtesy of Equibase)