Jockey Drayden Van Dyke - Keeneland Photo You’ve heard of horses for courses, but what about jockeys for courses? For a variety of reasons, some jockeys excel when riding at particular racetracks, specific distances or on dirt versus turf and vice versa. When the 2019 summer meet at Del Mar kicks off Wednesday, which jockeys should we expect to see in the spotlight during the 36-day racing season? Based on data from Statsmaster, here are a few jockeys [...]
Oxbow winning the 2013 Preakness Stakes - Jim McCue Photography 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. The Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico never seems to receive the same level of attention from a handicapping perspective, but shouldn’t the second leg of the Triple Crown warrant at least a [...]
Jockey Mike Smith aboard Kentucky Derby winner Justify - Coady Photography It is often said that jockeys are unable to make horses run beyond their abilities, but the difference between victory and defeat can come down to the skills of a rider in saving ground, timing moves correctly and riding hard to the finish line. That’s why the 20 jockeys who will compete in the 2019 Kentucky Derby (G1) include the most talented riders in North America. Leading [...]
Jockey Mike Smith aboard Kentucky Derby winner Justify - Coady Photography It seems like a simple question: Who was the top jockey in North America in 2018? By basic metrics such as overall wins and earnings, the answer is similarly simple: Irad Ortiz, Jr. As of December 17th, the 26-year-old rider leads all jockeys by wins (336) and by purse earnings ($27,291,607), making him the favorite to be awarded the 2018 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey. However, looking [...]
Jockey Mike Smith aboard Kentucky Derby winner Justify - Coady Photography 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 [...]
Jockey John Velazquez guides Always Dreaming to victory in the 2017 Kentucky Derby - Coady Photography It was the most improbable of victories—an unknown longshot named Mine That Bird surging past his more heralded rivals to win the 2009 Kentucky Derby at the stunning odds of 50-1. While Mine That Bird deserves much of the credit for his unforgettable triumph on the first Saturday in May—you don’t win the Derby without talent!—there’s no doubt that jockey Calvin Borel [...]
We had a late guest cancellation so we're having a fireside chat and conversation all about jockeys and how they effect our wagering. Also lots of other discussions and things on my mind.
Javier Castellano accepts Eclipse for Jockey of the Year at Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park, FL 1.17.2015 We're over 6 months into 2017. Which is why I don't believe it's too early to start discussing the jockeys that are on their way to a possible Eclipse Award. It's difficult for me to see this list changing. Unless 1 of the 4 jockeys I've listed here gets injured, I expect all 4 to have a major impact at Saratoga. [...]