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Fair Grounds Jockey Standings: 3 Familiar Names Have Risen to Top 4

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D.S. Williamson

February 26th, 2018

The current Fair Grounds meet continues to showcase some of the best horses and trainers in North America. The Fair Grounds also showcases some of the best jockeys in North America. The current jockey standings have Miguel Mena at the top.

Mena is a known jock. He's won some big races. In fact, the first 3 names in the Top 4 are known jockeys. After Mena, there's Shaun Bridgmohan, and Florent Geroux. Most horseplayers don't know the fourth name on the list, Adam Beschizza.

Fair Grounds Jockey Standings: Familiar Names Have Risen to Top 4

1. Miguel Mena

Miguel Mena rode Bravazo to a huge upset win in the 2018 Risen Star Stakes. Mena has been one of the top jockeys at the Fair Grounds for years. So far this Fair Grounds meet, Mena has 54 wins, 38 second place, and 37 third place finishes from 310 mounts.
Bravazo's Risen Star win has taken Mena to the top of the earnings standings as well.

Mena's mounts have earned over $1.59 million at the current Fair Grounds meet. Bravazo might go off the favorite in the Louisiana Derby.

 

 

2. Shaun Bridgmohan

Bridgmohan rode Zing Zang to a fourth place finish in the 2018 LeComte Stakes. Anybody who's followed horse racing for the past 20 years knows the name Shaun Bridgmohan. Bridgmohan has been aboard only 202 horses at the Fair Grounds meet.
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That's a far cry from Mena's 310 mounts.

With that being written, Shaun's got 47 winners to Mena's 54. He also has 29 second place and 24 third place finishes. Shaun Bridgmohan won the Eclipse for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey in 1998.

Retirement Fund, a 3-year-old sired by Eskendereya, finished eighth in a field of 10 under Shaun Bridgmohan in the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes. Retirement Fund was undefeated going into the Southwest. He could bounce back with a nice run in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby.

3. Florent Geroux

Florent Geroux not only rode Gun Runner to a Pegasus World Cup win, he also rode Monomy Girl to victory in the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes.

Geroux has become one of the very best jockeys in North America. His mounts made over $10 million in 2015. In 2016, Geroux's mounts made over $17.68 million.
Last year, Geroux's mounts totaled over $14.418 million. Because Gun Runner won the Pegasus World Cup, Geroux's mounts have already made over $8 million this year.

The fact that he's won 41 races from 225 mounts at the Fair Grounds meet means that Florent Geroux doesn't just save his best rides for the biggest races. He's more than willing to lay it all on the line in a maiden claimer just like he lays it all on the line in stakes races.

4. Adam Beschizza

Beschizza almost pulled off a massive upset win in the Risen Star aboard 41 to 1 long shot Snapper Sinclair. As of Feb. 26, he's got one more win than well-known Fair Grounds' jockey Corey Lanerie. This is Beschizza's first time in the U.S. riding on a regular basis.
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He's already made a mark. He's got a great sense of pace, which is why even though he's spent most of his career riding in Europe, he understands how to get a horse into an American dirt race early.

Beschizza could turn into one of the top jockeys in the U.S. He's already become one of Joe Sharp's favorite riders.

 

There are enough racing days left in the meet for any of the other 3 jockeys on this list to catch Miguel Mena. Also, Corey Lanerie is only a win away from being tied with Adam Beschizza. Could Lanerie end up on the top spot?

Keep tabs on the Fair Grounds to see!

 

 

 

 

 
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