With his second seven-win day this year, Luis Saez swept the panel to be named Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for March 26 – April 1, 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 Animal Element’s Foundation Detox and Product X Performance Enhancer.
Luis Saez’ seven-win day and stakes record last week at Gulfstream was more than enough to earn Jockey of the Week honors, even against performances from Dubai World Cup day on Saturday.
Saez began the Thursday card at Gulfstream with eight mounts. He ended the card with seven victories and was only a neck away from an undefeated day in eight races. His seven wins represented six different trainers, a total margin of victory of 14 lengths, and an average ROI of $6.70 to win.
Saez was also the only jockey to win three stakes races last week, two of which were graded. On Saturday at Gulfstream, he first won the $150,000 Sanibel Island Stakes with Figarella’s Queen ($19.00) before starting in five graded stakes on the Florida Derby card. He won the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) with Coach Rocks ($7.60), then came back in the following race to win the $250,000 Pan American Stakes (G2) with Hi Happy ($6.80). He was also third in the Hardacre Mile Stakes (G2) with Tommy Macho.
His stakes performances landed him third by North American stakes earnings, with $415,588. As the third leading rider by total North American earnings, Saez earned $357,525 last week. He is currently the second leading rider among jockeys by earnings for 2018, with $5,485,137 earned this year. His career earnings to date exceed $84 million.
With his 12 wins, Saez led all riders by wins and maintained a 36% win rate for the week. He also picked up two second-place finishes and four third-place finishes, finishing in the money on 55% of his mounts. He is 105 for 466 this year and has won 1,898 of his career 11,022 starts.
Saez is the leading rider at the current Gulfstream meet with 137 wins, 36 more than second-place rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. Saez ended last year’s Gulfstream winter meet as the leading rider and was the second leading rider behind Javier Castellano the year prior.
This was the second time in 2018 that Saez has won seven races on a single card at Gulfstream. Only Jerry Bailey and Tyler Gaffalione have won as many races in one day at the same track. In December, Saez also notched a six-win day in Hallandale Beach.
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