Ricardo Santana, Jr. enjoyed a five-win day at Remington Park on Sunday and was named the Foundation Detox Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for September 24 – 30, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. Jockey of the Week is sponsored by FoundationDetox.com, America’s #1 Equine Toxin Remover.
Ricardo Santana, Jr. won not only five races in a day, he won five stakes races on a single card, all at Remington Park on Sunday. The card featured the biggest race of the Remington Park meet, the Oklahoma Derby (G3), as well as the Remington Park Oaks (G3) and eight additional undercard stakes.
Santana had a mount in each of the ten stakes races. He started with a win in the $75,000 Kip Deville stakes with B. B. Dude ($12.40), then returned two races later to win the $50,000 E. L. Gaylord Memorial Stakes with Adventurous Lady ($4.20).
Santana’s next win came in the $175,000 Governor’s Cup with Hence ($4.40); the winning pair sat far out of the race before a wide sweeping move brought them to the wire over three lengths ahead of Forevamo and post-time favorite Shotgun Kowboy.
He was aboard the favorite, She’s a Julie ($3.80) for their win against nine other 3-year-old fillies in the $200,000 Remington Park Oaks (G3). Finally, he and Adore ($6.40) won the last race on the card, the $75,000 Ricks Memorial, in a wire-to-wire win in a full field of 12 fillies and mares on the turf.
He also finished second in the Flashy Lady Stakes and fourth in the Oklahoma Derby with Combatant. On Saturday, he won the $100,000 Jefferson Cup at Churchill Downs with Hot Springs ($6.60).
In his 24 starts last week, Santana won eight races, at a rate of 33% for the week. He was in the money on 46% of his starts, including two second-place finishes and one third-place finish. His 2018 stats include 150 wins in 816 starts, with 1,088 career wins in 6,798 races. He was ranked third by number of wins for the week.
Santana was the fourth leading rider by stakes earnings among all North American jockeys last week with $442,620 and was ranked seventh by total earnings, with $515,950. He has earned $11.38 million in 2018 and has career earnings in excess of $50 million.
The multiple graded stakes winning jockey earned his first career Grade 1 victory in the 2016 Arkansas Derby aboard Creator. Other notable mounts include Whitmore, Bee Jersey and Untrapped, with whom he won the 2017 Oklahoma Derby (G3).
Originally from Panama, Santana won his first riding title at Delaware Park in 2012 and has since earned five consecutive riding titles at Oaklawn Park. He won his first Keeneland meet riding title in the fall of 2017.
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