Summer means horse racing kicks into high gear with some of the best and most important races of the year. A total of five tracks will headline the action this week with Tampa Bay, Churchill Downs, Gulfstream Park, Belmont Park, and Woodbine. These tracks will boast lineups that feature the world’s best horses, trainers, and jockeys available. In particular Belmont Park and Churchill Downs are of Triple Crown quality and major league in every way. Both will be offering stakes races this week.
Let’s now take a look at the highlights of this week’s schedule from tracks across North America!
Tampa Bay – Oldsmar, Florida – Monday and Wednesday
Tampa Bay Downs will have eight races on the Monday card with eight more races on the schedule for Wednesday.
Antonio A. Gallardo has over $1.6 million in earnings as the top Tampa Bay jockey. Gallardo has 535 starts with 122 wins, 84 second, and 70 third-place finishes.
Churchill Downs – Louisville, Kentucky – Thursday and Friday
Thursday will open the week at Churchill Downs with a total of nine races on the schedule. Friday will offer nine more races on the Churchill Downs schedule including the $100,000 Kelly’s Landing Stakes.
Antonio Gallardo is first place jockey at Churchill Downs with over $1.6 million in earnings. He has 535 starts with 122 wins, 84 second, and 70 third-place finishes.
Second place belongs with Samy Comacho with over $1.6 million in earnings. Comacho has 457 starts with 96 wins, 74 second, and 72 third place finishes.
Gulfstream Park – Hallandale, Florida – Wednesday and Friday
The action for this week at Gulfstream Park begins Wednesday with a total of 10 races. After taking Thursday off Gulfstream will resume Friday with 10 more races.
There is a group of five jockeys that have stood apart at Gulfstream Park starting at first place Edgard J. Zavas with over $1.5 million in earnings. Zavas has 355 starts with 51 wins, 59 second, and 43 third place finishes.
Emisael Jaramillo is in second place with over $1.4 million in winnings. Jaramillo has 325 starts with 44 wins, 43 second, and 37 third place finishes.
Third place belongs to Miguel Angel Vasquez with over $1.2 million in earnings. Vasquez has 347 starts with 49 wins, 41 second, and 43 third place finishes.
Luis Saez is in fourth place in the standings with over $1.2 million in winnings. Saez has 233 starts with 49 wins, 38 second, and 32 third place finishes.
The fifth jockey of this stellar group is Irad Ortiz Jr. with over $1.1 million in earnings. Ortiz has 138 starts with 41 wins, 37 second, and 20 third place finishes.
Belmont Park – Elmont, New York – Thursday and Friday
Thursday will feature a total of nine races on the Belmont Park card highlighted by the $80,000 Easy Goer. There will be nine more races on Friday headlined by the $75,000 Hessonite.
First place in the jockey standings is Javier Castellano with over $768,000 in earnings. Castellano has 55 starts with 12 wins, 11 second, and nine third place finishes.
Woodbine – Rexdale, Ontario, Thursday and Friday
There will be a total of eight races on the Thursday Woodbine card with nine more races set for Friday.
Kazushi Kimura is the first-place jockey at Woodbine with over $300,000 in earnings. In 48 starts Kimura has six wins, nine second, and seven third place finishes.
Second place in the Woodbine jockey standings belongs to Justin Stein with over $298,000 in earnings. Stein has 42 starts with eight wins, six second, and five third place finishes.
Rafael Manuel Hernandez is the third-place jockey at Woodbine with over $282,000 in winnings. He has 50 starts with nine wins, four second, and nine third place finishes.
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