February 26, 2015
Florent Geroux earns the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week Honors
Florent Geroux secured the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week title by winning eight races out of 36 mounts during the week of February 16 through February 22. Three of Geroux’s wins were stakes races held on Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Geroux posted an impressive 8 wins, 5 seconds, and 10 thirds for $366,195 in earnings during the seven-day period. For his stakes triple, Geroux rode Eden Prairie to victory in the Bayou Stakes, Chocolate Ride in the Fair Grounds Handicap (GIII), and I’m A Chatterbox in the Rachel Alexandra Stakes (GIII).
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Junior Alvarado (Aqueduct) is the leading rider by winning percentage of all riders who won 3 or more races during the week ending February 22. Alvardo won 7 out of 12 starts for a 58% success rate. Omar Herrera Santos (Los Alamitos/Santa Anita) won 4 out of 8 mounts for second in the standings and Edwin Maldonado (Santa Anita) won 4 out of 10 mounts to round out the top three. See the week’s top jockeys by winning percentage here.
Jockey of the Week Florent Geroux (Fair Grounds), Miguel Mena (Fair Grounds), and Javier Castellano (Gulfstream Park) all scored 8 wins to lead this week’s standings by number of wins. Junior Alvarado (Aqueduct), Gerardo Mora (Sam Houston), and Chris Fackler (Fonner Park), each won 7 times to share second in the standings. See the week’s top jockeys by wins here.
Luis Saez (Gulfstream Park) was the week’s leading rider for earnings with $450,108. He was followed by Miguel Mena (Fair Grounds) with $398,660 and Florent Geroux (Fair Grounds) with $366,195. See the week’s top jockeys by earnings here.
Omar Reyes is leading the Quarter Horse standings for wins in 2015 with 39 from 155 mounts. Rodrigo Vallejo is next with 27 wins from 114 starts, and Raul Ramirez Jr. ranks third with 26 wins from 106 starts.
Rodrigo Vallejo has earned $535,099 from 114 starts to lead the AQHA earnings standings, while Omar Reyes is second with $491,618, and Shanley Jackson is third with $400,533. Keep up with all the AQHA leaders here.
Saturday February 28, 2015 marks the 30th running of the Swale Stakes (sponsored by Fasig-Tipton) conducted at Gulfstream Park. The race is named in memory of 1984 Eclipse Award winning three-year-old male Swale (Seattle Slew x Tuerta, by Forli), the winner of the 1984 Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes and Florida Derby. Tragically, Swale collapsed and died en route to his stall following a bath only eight days after his Belmont Stakes victory.
Q. Which of the following Hall of Fame jockeys rode Swale to victory in both the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes?
A) Angel Cordero
B) Bill Shoemaker
C) Laffit Pincay, Jr.
D) Randy Romero
If you know the answer, you might win an autographed Laffit Pincay, Jr. trading card in JockeyTalk360’s Quiz #21.
Congratulations to Chalie Martinez from Philadelphia whose name was drawn from correct answers in Quiz #20.
Mike Luzzi, America’s Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey in 1989, has been named the winner of the 2015 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award by a nationwide vote of his peers. A 45-year-old native of Wilmington, Del., Luzzi has had a successful career riding primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region and New York. Luzzi, who has been sidelined due to a broken leg and fractured pelvis sustained in a paddock accident at Aqueduct Racetrack last Nov. 2, Luzzi outpolled James Graham, Leslie Mawing, Corey Nakatani, and the recently retired Rosie Napravnik. Read more . . .
Mike Smith earns Ride of the Week Honors aboard Far Right
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith earned himself the Ride of the Week title for his mount aboard Far Right in the Southwest Stakes (GIII) at Oaklawn Park on Sunday. Far Right settled well off the pace set by Mr. Z and began making his move rounding the far turn. The late run around traffic forced Far Right to go four wide into the stretch where Smith ducked inside along the rail and prevailed by three-quarters of a length. Read more . . .
Jerry Lambert dies at 74
Jerry Lambert, one of California’s leading jockeys through the 1960s and ‘70s was found dead Monday morning at his place of employment, Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, Calif., by his daughter, Lacey, who is also employed at the farm. Born in Clyde, Kansas, on Dec. 27, 1940, Lambert, 74, was best known as the regular rider of the jet-black Hall of Fame gelding Native Diver, with whom Lambert won three consecutive Hollywood Gold Cups in 1965, ’66 and ’67. “The Black Horse” as Lambert often referred to him, had a keen temperament and front-running style that was perfectly complemented by Lambert’s deft touch. Read more . . .
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