With three stakes wins in a single card at Laurel on Saturday, Feargal Lynch was named Jockey of the Week for April 17-23, 2017. 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.
Feargal Lynch had mounts in four of the five stakes races on the card at Laurel Park on Saturday, April 22. Though he was on the clear favorite in his first stakes win of the day, fans caught prices on two of his following stakes mounts that afternoon.
The first stakes on the card was the $125,000 Weber City Miss Stakes for 3-year-old fillies that serves as a prep for the Black-Eyed Susan next month. Lynch was aboard Lights of Medina ($4.00), making her stakes debut after an impressive maiden victory in March. Lynch and Lights of Medina stalked behind leader Forever Liesl before dueling and passing their rival in the stretch over a sloppy track. A gap of over 15 lengths separated Lights of Medina and Forever Liesl from the rest of the short field.
Lynch’s next win came in the local Preakness prep, the $125,000 Federico Tesio Stakes, aboard Twisted Tom ($12.60). Lynch and Twisted Tom sat off the pace and three-wide until they pulled ahead to win by over two lengths. The pair had previously teamed up to win the $100,000 Private Terms Stakes at Laurel in March.
The $75,000 Henry S. Clark Stakes was the last of five stakes scheduled on the card, and Lynch returned for another win, this time with Ascend ($14.20), a 5-year-old gelding facing a full field of stakes company for the first time. Ascend’s last start was a win in an allowance race at Keeneland in October of 2016, but the long layoff and jump in class proved to be no issue. Lynch waited patiently in the back of the pack until the final turn, coming six-wide into the stretch to win by half a length.
Lynch was the seventh leading rider by total earnings among North American jockeys last week, adding $237,649 to his career earnings of nearly $8 million. He won five races, finished second twice and had one third-place finish in his 18 starts, for a 28% win rate. His three stakes victories totaled $195,000 in earnings, placing him third among jockey by stakes earnings last week. In 2017, he has won 37 of his 199 starts and has earnings of $1.25 million.
The former Champion apprentice in England has renewed his career in the United States, with a new home base on the Maryland circuit. Currently, Lynch sits in third place in the Laurel Park jockey standings by both wins and earnings.
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