Breeders' Cup: Jockeys To Follow

Breeders’ Cup: Jockeys To Follow

Yesterday, I wrote about trainers whose records are worth noting, either positively or negatively, at the Breeders' Cup. That post is here. Today, let's look at jockeys through the same porthole...

Top Breeders' Cup Jockeys

The leading jockey in Breeders' Cup history, with 21 wins from 111 rides, is Mike Smith. He's been responsible for steering the likes of Zenyatta and Drosselmeyer to Classic glory, but he may be remembered more than anything for not quite getting to Blame in the 2010 renewal of the great race when riding Zenyatta in her swansong.

His strike rate of 19% is excellent for such a big meeting, and he will again have a great book of rides, headlined by Songbird, favourite for Saturday's opening race, the Juvenile Fillies.

Next in on number of winners is Johnny V, or John Velazquez as he's better known. JV has claimed the plaudits on 13 occasions, though punters need to be wary of his measly 9.35% strike rate. Those thirteen winners came at the expense of 126 losers. Ouch. The pick of Johnny V's eleven BC mounts could be Rachel's Valentina in the Juvenile Fillies, though of course he'll need to beat Mike Smith!

More of a punters' pal is the evergreen Frankie Dettori, a respected pilot around the world in spite of a colourful career and occasional clownish antics. His record more than justifies the reverence: 11 winners from just 82 BC starts, for a 13.4% strike rate. Frankie has seven rides, four of which are currently 5/1 or shorter, including odds on Turf jolly, Golden Horn.

Looking specifically at the the jockeys with the highest strike rates from ten or more Breeders' Cup starts, Ryan Moore's 6 from 33 - all since 2008 - make him a man for whom to keep an eye out. He's currently legged up on nine BC horses, five of which are 4/1 or shorter, and which include even money FM Turf favourite, Legatissimo.

At the other end of the spectrum, Jamie Spencer has now gone 18 BC rides without a win, though he couldn't have been any closer to breaking his duck on his most recent start: Toast Of New York was denied by a nose, and by a stewards' enquiry, of their claim to the 2014 BC Classic.

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He has just the big priced juvenile turf filly, Mirage, to ride on Friday's card.

But it is the American Pharoah's jockey, Victor Espinoza, who will be the biggest name on the cold list. He's ridden 53 BC contenders, with just two winners (3.8%) and only eight even making the frame (15%). In fairness to Victor, his wins were on Spain at 56/1 in the 2000 Distaff, and Take Charge Brandi at 62/1 in last year's Juvie Fillies!

Below is the full list of past and present pilots for you to peruse and ponder their prior performance.

Matt

p.s. Isn't it time you got hold of my Breeders' Cup Compendium? Nine of the thirteen races are now complete, with just four grass events to finish. I'm trying to get a read on the state of the turf track before writing those up, as going is obviously crucial to betting decisions.

Grab your copy for £15 here, and get clued up to the eyeballs ahead of the weekend's action!

Name Starters 1st 2nd 3rd Win %  1-2% 1-2-3%
Mike E. Smith 111 21 10 7 18.92% 27.93% 34.23%
Jerry D. Bailey 102 15 12 14 14.71% 26.47% 40.20%
John R. Velazquez 139 13 16 18 9.35% 20.86% 33.81%
Garrett K. Gomez 83 13 12 9 15.66% 30.12% 40.96%
Pat Day 117 12 17 11 10.26% 24.79% 34.19%
Lanfranco Dettori 82 11 5 9 13.41% 19.51% 30.49%
Gary L. Stevens 111 10 17 12 9.01% 24.32% 35.14%
Corey S. Nakatani 86 10 10 11 11.63% 23.26% 36.05%
Chris J. McCarron 101 9 12 7 8.91% 20.79% 27.72%
Jose A. Santos 65 7 2 4 10.77% 13.85% 20.00%
Patrick A. Valenzuela 59 7 1 4 11.86% 13.56% 20.34%
Eddie J. Delahoussaye 68 7 3 6 10.29% 14.71% 23.53%
Laffit A. Pincay, Jr. 61 7 4 9 11.48% 18.03% 32.79%
Ryan L. Moore 33 6 2 1 18.18% 24.24% 27.27%
Kent J. Desormeaux 87 5 5 7 5.75% 11.49% 19.54%
Rafael Bejarano 72 5 4 6 6.94% 12.50% 20.83%
Cornelio H. Velasquez 28 5 1 0 17.86% 21.43% 21.43%
Julien R. Leparoux 61 5 4 6 8.20% 14.75% 24.59%
Craig Perret 31 4 2 1 12.90% 19.35% 22.58%
Javier Castellano 69 4 8 6 5.80% 17.39% 26.09%
Edgar S. Prado 71 4 9 8 5.63% 18.31% 29.58%
Rajiv Maragh 20 4 0 2 20.00% 20.00% 30.00%
Olivier Peslier 25 4 2 2 16.00% 24.00% 32.00%
Angel Cordero, Jr. 48 4 7 7 8.33% 22.92% 37.50%
Martin Garcia 24 3 1 0 12.50% 16.67% 16.67%
Robby Albarado 35 3 2 1 8.57% 14.29% 17.14%
Alex O. Solis 73 3 8 5 4.11% 15.07% 21.92%
John Patrick Murtagh 30 3 4 0 10.00% 23.33% 23.33%
Randy P. Romero 17 3 0 1 17.65% 17.65% 23.53%
David Romero Flores 38 3 3 4 7.89% 15.79% 26.32%
Joel Rosario 62 3 8 8 4.84% 17.74% 30.65%
Michael J. Kinane 31 3 3 4 9.68% 19.35% 32.26%
Jose Lezcano 17 3 2 1 17.65% 29.41% 35.29%
Ramon A. Dominguez 49 3 9 6 6.12% 24.49% 36.73%
Jorge F. Chavez 40 2 2 1 5.00% 10.00% 12.50%
Victor Espinoza 53 2 3 3 3.77% 9.43% 15.09%
Pat Eddery 30 2 3 3 6.67% 16.67% 26.67%
Kieren Fallon 21 2 2 2 9.52% 19.05% 28.57%
Freddie Head 10 2 0 1 20.00% 20.00% 30.00%
Shane J. Sellers 29 2 3 4 6.90% 17.24% 31.03%
Yves Saint-Martin 3 2 0 0 66.67% 66.67% 66.67%
Jamie Theriot 7 2 0 0 28.57% 28.57% 28.57%
Walter A. Guerra 7 2 0 1 28.57% 28.57% 42.86%
A. R. Napravnik 11 2 2 0 18.18% 36.36% 36.36%
Jorge Velasquez 18 2 5 1 11.11% 38.89% 44.44%
Eibar Coa 18 1 0 0 5.56% 5.56% 5.56%
Rene R. Douglas 15 1 0 1 6.67% 6.67% 13.33%
Walter R. Swinburn 19 1 1 1 5.26% 10.53% 15.79%
Cash B. Asmussen 25 1 1 2 4.00% 8.00% 16.00%
Joseph Talamo 29 1 0 4 3.45% 3.45% 17.24%
Alan Garcia 26 1 1 3 3.85% 7.69% 19.23%
Calvin H. Borel 19 1 1 2 5.26% 10.53% 21.05%
Julie A. Krone 17 1 2 1 5.88% 17.65% 23.53%
Jacinto Vasquez 12 1 1 1 8.33% 16.67% 25.00%
Fernando Toro 12 1 0 2 8.33% 8.33% 25.00%
Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. 3 1 0 0 33.33% 33.33% 33.33%
Fernando Jara 2 1 0 0 50.00% 50.00% 50.00%
Joseph Patrick O'Brien 5 1 0 2 20.00% 20.00% 60.00%
Jose Valdivia, Jr. 12 1 1 2 8.33% 16.67% 33.33%
Thomas P. Queally 5 1 1 1 20.00% 40.00% 60.00%
Eddie Castro 5 1 1 0 20.00% 40.00% 40.00%
William Shoemaker 14 1 2 2 7.14% 21.43% 35.71%
Elvis Trujillo 7 1 1 1 14.29% 28.57% 42.86%
Jeffrey Sanchez 5 1 0 1 20.00% 20.00% 40.00%
Ahmed Ajtebi 4 1 0 0 25.00% 25.00% 25.00%
Christophe P. Lemaire 6 1 0 1 16.67% 16.67% 33.33%
Christophe Soumillon 9 1 0 0 11.11% 11.11% 11.11%
Stephane Pasquier 1 1 0 0 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Eric Legrix 2 1 0 0 50.00% 50.00% 50.00%
Jamie P. Spencer 18 0 2 3 0.00% 11.11% 27.78%
Shaun Bridgmohan 13 0 1 3 0.00% 7.69% 30.77%
Luis Saez 6 0 2 0 0.00% 33.33% 33.33%
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