Daily Horse Picks - Top Jockey

While oftentimes horses win or lose races on their own, jockeys and trainers can play a key role in giving their horse the best chance to run to their potential. While horseplayers can look up jockey win percentages in a number of places across the web, the Daily Horse Picks jockey analysis tool provides a more in depth analysis of where jockeys may have a stronger impact on the outcome of a race.

Race setups are very different based on distance and surface. A sprint on dirt may require different tactics than a sprint on turf or a route on dirt. Even though a jockey may have an overall low percentage, they may get a disproportionate number of their wins or in-the-money finishes at a specific distance on a specific surface. If you can find this jockey you may be able to cash on a horse that other players are throwing out. Inversely, if you can find a high percentage jockey with bad stats in today's conditions, that can be equally as profitable.

With the Daily Horse Picks jockey analysis tool you can break down jockey stats by distance, surface, track, claiming level, and even post position to find these hidden angles that can be crucial elements in selecting winners at a price. As you adjust the filters the DHP ratings will also adjust to reflect the jockey's past ability to finish in the top 3 placings in races under the selected conditions.

Don't forget to check out the trainer analysis tool to give yourself a further edge on the competition!

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Top Jockeys

Starts Win % Show % DHP
1st/2nd/3rd
4th or 5th
6th +
Birzer Alex 283 25% 59% Great
166
72
45
Acosta J D 282 14% 38% Poor
108
71
103
Rodriguez Everardo 258 20% 44% Avg
114
64
80
Beschizza Adam 198 14% 38% Poor
75
49
74
Baze Tyler 192 11% 34% Poor
66
60
66
Antongeorgi William 187 16% 44% Good
83
63
41
Araujo Denis 187 18% 49% Good
91
42
54
Bocachica Arnaldo 187 27% 62% Great
116
38
33
Aguilar Claudio Ponce 177 13% 38% Bad
68
38
71
Arrieta Francisco 171 12% 46% Avg
78
45
48
Bobroff Jacquelyn 166 14% 42% Poor
70
34
62
Bethke Scott A 164 20% 50% Good
82
36
46
Ayuso Armando 163 20% 45% Good
73
55
35
Bejarano Rafael 155 8% 34% Bad
52
53
50
Cabrera Rolando 141 8% 31% Bad
44
34
63
Berrios Hector Isaac 137 10% 37% Bad
51
36
50
Benn Cordarelton J 134 15% 40% Poor
54
35
45
Baca Benito Jude 128 12% 32% Bad
41
30
57
Allen Ronald Dale 123 17% 38% Poor
47
35
41
Almodovar Gerald 121 24% 50% Great
61
34
26
Aldrete Hector 120 14% 31% Bad
37
33
50
Alvarez Jose L 113 9% 29% Bad
33
43
37
Zuniga Alejandro Landeros 107 12% 26% Bad
28
29
50
Arboleda Aldo 105 12% 40% Bad
42
19
44
Batista Luis Angel 104 14% 30% Bad
31
34
39
Becerra Jr Sergio 100 12% 48% Avg
48
21
31
Amparan Francisco 92 15% 37% Poor
34
27
31
Amaya Daniel Ruiz 89 8% 39% Bad
35
18
36
Batista Alexis X 86 2% 21% Bad
18
23
45
Ayala Jesus Rios 67 19% 48% Good
32
15
20
Yoakum Jerry Lee 60 8% 30% Bad
18
13
29
Aquino Jasiel 58 10% 38% Bad
22
12
24
Aguilar Daniel 56 12% 41% Poor
23
14
19
Aguirre-Erives Cristian 48 8% 33% Bad
16
11
21
Aceves Rodrigo 45 0% 27% Bad
12
16
17
Barraza Marcelo 44 14% 34% Bad
15
9
20
Barber Ryan 40 5% 38% Poor
15
14
11
Arriagada Nicolas A 36 14% 42% Poor
15
8
13
Barraza Brian Cobos 34 3% 26% Bad
9
10
15
Rodriguez Julio Alberto 33 12% 33% Bad
11
6
16
Alonso Jose Luis 30 0% 7% Bad
2
3
25
Arana Minor 29 0% 45% Poor
13
9
7
Barnett Wayne A 29 7% 28% Bad
8
7
14
Albarado Robby 26 4% 35% Poor
9
11
6
Alvidrez Armando 19 5% 26% Bad
5
7
7
Bachicha Jr Elliot 16 19% 62% Great
10
3
3
Allen Mike 13 23% 38% Poor
5
2
6
Bonnet Chester 10 10% 30% Bad
3
2
5
Alencar Walber 9 11% 11% Bad
1
1
7
Bonilla Cristina 3 0% 33%  - 
1
0
2

Why Jockeys Matter?

Jockeys are pivotal for a couple of different reasons in a horse race. First, jockeys are responsible for positioning horses once the gates open. This may include getting them to the lead or dropping them into the proper position based on the horses preferred run style.

The second responsibility that jockeys have is to help the horse understand when to rate their energy and when to run. A jockey with a bad internal clock can leave his horse with too much to do late or chase after a pace that is way too fast for his horse.

The final role of the jockey is steering the horse into the path that will allow them to have the strongest finish to the wire. For all of these reasons having a good jockey on the horse you’re backing can be a great asset for any horse player.

Why is the DHP Top Jockey Tool Helpful?

Horses can be upgraded or downgraded based on their jockeys, but many people will look at the overall percentage of a jockey and make their decision. However, jockeys tend to be specialists. There are very few that excel over all surfaces and distances. The DHP top jockey tool can help you break down jockeys by track, surface, condition, distance, level, and post position to better determine how they are likely to impact the horse’s race.

Using the DHP Top Jockey Tool for a Race

To use the top jockey tool follow the steps below:

  1. Change the drop down menus to match any or all of the conditions for the race you are handicapping.
    • Track: Different tracks have different configurations. A jockey with success at the track could mean that they have a better understanding of how to ride there as opposed to riders who more recently shipped in.
    • Surface: Dirt and turf races are run in exact opposite dynamics. A good gate rider is likely to upgrade a horse on dirt because the race tends to reward early speed. Conversely on turf the best riders are good at knowing when to time their acceleration as the horses tend to run the fastest in the last part of the race.
    • Condition: This factor plays the biggest role when the ground is not fast or firm. A lot of tracks will drain water in different ways and a jockey with a good score on an off track could suggest they know how to avoid tiring paths on the track.
    • Distance: Horse races are often classified as either sprints (less than 8 furlongs) or routes (one mile and over). However, dynamics can change dramatically depending on the various lengths within each of these categories.
    • Race Types: Not all horses are the same. Knowing how a jockey does in a particular condition can be very important. For example, a gate rider might be better in a maiden race because those horses haven’t learned to win and may be hesitant to pass other horses. If you have a jockey that can get to the lead in these races that may suggest they can steal the race. A jockey who performs well in stakes races may suggest the jockey know how to get the most out of talented horses.
    • Barriers/Post Positions: Post positions can also be a vital factor in picking your jockey. Riders with success in post 1-3 are typically good at getting horses out quickly so as to avoid horses trying to merge down closer to the rail and avoid ground loss. Riders better in outer posts may be more adept at getting horses positioned correctly behind speed horses for a final run to the finish.
  2. Once you have set any or all of the filters, select the “Refresh Charts” button to see the updated data which reflects your race.

Using the Top Jockey Tool for an Individual Jockey

While the top jockey tool is extremely effective for looking at all the jockeys side by side, another useful tool is looking up an individual jockey.

This can be done from the top jockey charts. Simply find the jockey you want to look up and click their name. You will now see a report of their rating and percentages at every one of the filters from the top jockey tool.

Using this view you may be able to identify spots where you can beat a high percentage jockey. For example, the leading rider in the country Irad Ortiz Jr. is rated “Great” in most categories, except when his horses break from posts 10+. From these posts he is rated as “Poor”.