2018 Preakness Stakes Jockey Facts and Trends
Every year, bettors handicapping the Kentucky Derby study a huge number of factors and trends that could affect the outcome of the race, placing greater emphasis than usual on things like history, pedigrees, and jockey assignments.In contrast, the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Racecourse never seems to receive the same level of attention from a handicapping perspective, but that doesn’t mean that the second leg of the Triple Crown doesn’t warrant a little extra study. Since the race is held in Maryland, away from the major racing circuits in New York, Kentucky, Florida, and California, many of the jockeys riding in the Preakness each year are relatively inexperienced at Pimlico. Does this hold any significance?
Let’s take a look at the expected riding assignments for each 2018 Preakness contenders….
Now let’s dig into a few facts and interesting trends regarding Preakness riders….
|Diamond King||Javier Castelleno|
|Good Magic||Jose Ortiz|
|Lone Sailor||Irad Ortiz, Jr.|
|Pony Up||John Velazquez|
|Sporting Chance||Luis Contreras|
|Tenfold||Ricardo Santana, Jr.|
- Two previous Preakness-winning jockeys are set to ride in the 2018 edition of the race. They are Javier Castellano (Bernardini, 2006; Cloud Computing, 2017) and Mike Smith (Prairie Bayou, 1993).
- Among the jockeys seeking their first win in the Preakness are John Velazquez (0-for-9 thus far) and Florent Geroux (0-for-2).
- Luis Saez, Irad Ortiz, Jr., and Ricardo Santana, Jr. will all be riding in the Preakness for the first time. Over the last fifteen years, the Preakness has been won on six occasions by jockeys riding in the race for the first time. The successful jockeys were Stewart Elliot (Smarty Jones, 2004), Jeremy Rose (Afleet Alex, 2005), Javier Castellano (Bernardini, 2006), Martin Garcia (Lookin at Lucky, 2010), Jesus Castanon (Shackleford, 2011), and Mario Gutierrez (I’ll Have Another, 2012).
- That said, the last five renewals of the Preakness have been won by Hall of Fame jockeys with previous wins in the race: Gary Stevens (Oxbow, 2013), Victor Espinoza (California Chrome, 2014, and American Pharoah, 2015), Kent Desormeaux (Exaggerator, 2016), and Javier Castellano (Cloud Computing, 2017).