Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Gallardo Leads Jockeys in Wins at Tampa Bay and Nationally

Antonio Gallardo has mounts in nine of ten races at Tampa Bay Downs today.  
That gives him a big chance to add to his lead in his jockey standings at Tampa Bay and in North America.

The only race in which Gallardo is not riding is the first, with  scheduled post of 12:25 p.m.  So, there are plenty of ways to bet on his horses at chalk prices--while seeking ways to make bigger money by combining them with long shots  in exotic bets.

Through Sunday’s card, Gallardo has 67 wins in Tampa Bay’s 205-2016 meet that began Nov. 28 and will extend through May 8. The track will then be dark until  June 30 when it will officially end the meet.

Ronald Allen Jr. has 31 Tampa Bay wins and is in second place in what likely will remain a close battle for that spot. Fernando De La Cruz is third with 30 wins, followed by Daniel Centeno with 27.

Gallardo is seeking his third straight Tampa Bay Downs riding title.

Going into today's races, Gallardo has 34 wins  thus far in 2016.  Florent Geroux, who rides mostly at Fair Grounds in Louisiana, and Russell Baze, who rides mostly at Golden Gate Fields in California, are tied for second with  29 wins. 

Jose Ortiz who rides mostly at Aqueduct leads in purses won with $1,197,331.  He  has 24 wins. Joel Rosartio, who  rides mostly at Gulfstream,  is second in  earnimngs with $1,191,343.

Gallardo is 20th in earnings with $495,866.  That points to the discrepancies in purse money between Tampa Bay Downs and several tracks that have larger purses, due  primarily to more stakes races.  

Gallardo rides mostly at Tampa Bay Down and later in the year at Presque Isle Downs in Erie, Pa. 

In 2015, Gallardo had 320 wins to place him second in the North American standings. He was 39th in earnings with $5,441,499.

Javier Castellano was first last year in victories with 344 and in purse money with $28,121,767.  He is riding again at Gulfstream and has 19 wins so far this year.  

For the 2015-2016 Gulfstream meet he leads jockeys with 47 wins followed by Luis Saez with 41.
-- Jim Freer 

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