Jockeys & Trainers At The Spa

The Daily Racing Blog was going to take a closer look at Saturday’s Grade 1, $250,000 dollar Vanderbilt Stakes at Saratoga, but frankly with a short field of five horses it offers little betting Value.  The Morning Line favorite VOLATILE seems to be head and shoulders above the rest in this one.

Next Saturday is the Whitney Stakes which will certainly have a larger, more competitive field, giving us a better chance for bigger R.O.I.

For today then, we’ll take a look at which jockeys and trainers are performing admirably after the opening weekend at The Spa.

Saratoga Jockey Standings

# NAME STS 1ST 2ND 3RD EARNINGS WIN %
TOP 3 %
1 Joel Rosario 31 8 3 2 $472,592 26% 42%
1 Jose L. Ortiz 35 8 6 5 $420,931 23% 54%
3 Manuel Franco 32 5 3 3 $283,174 16% 34%
4 Irad Ortiz, Jr. 30 4 7 5 $369,059 13% 53%
4 Tyler Gaffalione 23 4 0 4 $363,267 17% 35%
6 Javier Castellano 23 3 4 3 $298,910 13% 43%
6 John R. Velazquez 18 3 4 2 $228,796 17% 50%
8 Junior Alvarado 16 2 1 3 $143,109 13% 38%
8 Jose Lezcano 16 2 1 3 $125,668 13% 38%
10 Dylan Davis 15 1 3 1 $88,346 7% 33%
10 Luis Cardenas 13 1 2 0 $47,111 8% 23%

 

Saratoga Trainer Standings

# NAME STS 1ST 2ND 3RD EARNINGS WIN %
TOP 3 %
1 Chad Brown 16 6 3 4 $371,490 38% 81%
2 Christophe Clement 13 5 2 2 $313,731 38% 69%
3 Linda Rice 9 4 0 1 $124,750 44% 56%
4 Rudy Rodriguez 11 3 1 3 $92,372 27% 64%
5 Bill Mott 12 2 3 2 $336,610 17% 58%
5 Todd Pletcher 9 2 2 0 $105,560 22% 44%
5 Steve Asmussen 8 2 1 1 $104,888 25% 50%
5 Shug McGaughey 7 2 1 2 $102,630 29% 71%
5 Michael Trombetta 2 2 0 0 $69,850 100% 100%

Choosing the right horse weighs more heavily than human factors in handicapping.  But the human factor is not absolute zero either, especially at the historic Saratoga Race Course.

Some jockeys and trainers will peak for this stakes-heavy meet, as Winning at Saratoga is an honor that anyone in this industry can remain proud of.

To reiterate, the horse’s record still deserves the most attention, as good horses can make a jockey or trainer look good,  but the reverse is also true.  So be mindful.  If you’re on the fence regarding a certain horse, but you see one of the Ortiz brothers is aboard…Bet. The. Horse.

 

 

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