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 +
Lanerie Corey J 296 9% 30% Bad
89
87
120
Reyes Leonel 287 7% 31% Bad
88
86
113
Alvarado Junior 256 14% 54% Good
138
57
61
Arroyo Angel S 191 7% 25% Bad
48
54
89
Bejarano Rafael 168 15% 41% Poor
69
42
57
Allen Ronald Dale 154 17% 42% Avg
65
36
53
Mena Raul 147 12% 41% Avg
60
44
43
Bravo Joe 144 14% 44% Poor
63
32
49
Alvarez David A 143 29% 54% Great
77
29
37
Ferrer Jose C 142 18% 46% Avg
65
25
52
Alvarado Frank T 132 19% 56% Great
74
35
23
Adorno Abner 123 15% 42% Poor
52
28
43
Torres Jorge 120 18% 43% Avg
52
33
35
Castanon Jesus Lopez 115 12% 43% Poor
49
25
41
Latchman Reshawn 115 17% 56% Great
64
31
20
Almodovar Gerald 114 22% 50% Great
57
34
23
Alvarado Roberto E 112 10% 42% Poor
47
23
42
Inirio Maicol J 111 8% 43% Poor
48
30
33
Chiappe Ricardo 108 12% 51% Good
55
32
21
Alvarez Arturo 106 18% 39% Avg
41
35
30
Gutierrez Mario 101 17% 44% Avg
44
24
33
Hernandez Jr Ricardo 98 15% 42% Avg
41
29
28
King Mckenzie 98 5% 18% Bad
18
36
44
Acosta J D 93 14% 42% Poor
39
21
33
Aguilar Manuel 85 12% 46% Avg
39
19
27
Duenez Luciano 80 9% 35% Bad
28
21
31
Ransom Bobby 80 11% 44% Poor
35
19
26
Alvarez Jose L 78 9% 41% Poor
32
17
29
Baca Benito Jude 76 13% 37% Bad
28
18
30
Montalvo Carlos 69 1% 16% Bad
11
16
42
Vargas Jr Jorge L 67 21% 33% Poor
22
21
24
Santos Ademar 66 6% 32% Bad
21
20
25
Achard Alex 58 14% 41% Poor
24
13
21
Alencar Walber 54 7% 19% Bad
10
14
30
Aldrete Hector 51 14% 49% Good
25
13
13
Allen Mike 46 7% 17% Bad
8
17
21
Aguirre-Erives Cristian 39 3% 21% Bad
8
9
22
Albarado Robby 38 3% 18% Bad
7
9
22
Almeida Marcelo 38 5% 29% Bad
11
16
11
Albright Kaylia 36 8% 28% Bad
10
12
14
Aguilar Claudio Ponce 33 9% 33% Bad
11
5
17
Alberto Antonio 28 7% 21% Bad
6
11
11
Alvarez Jose Amador 26 19% 27% Bad
7
9
10
Alonso Jose Luis 19 0% 11% Bad
2
4
13
Aguilar Daniel 15 7% 7% Bad
1
4
10
Alvidrez Armando 15 0% 13% Bad
2
5
8
Aguilar Jacobo Adan 7 0% 14% Bad
1
2
4
Alpander Tamay B 5 0% 20% Bad
1
1
3
Aguilar-Orozco Heriberto Orozco 2 50% 50%  - 
1
1
0
Aguirre-Erives Christian 2 50% 100%  - 
2
0
0

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”.