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 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

Name Starts Win % Show % DHP
1st/2nd/3rd
4th or 5th
6th +
Alvarado Junior 279 14% 41% Avg
115
77
87
Castellano Javier 248 16% 45% Avg
112
70
66
Carmouche Kendrick 245 22% 55% Great
134
57
54
Camacho Samy 238 19% 47% Avg
111
53
74
Thornton Timothy 214 25% 48% Avg
103
34
77
Castillo Isaac 196 17% 49% Avg
96
41
59
Batista Luis Alberto 195 12% 44% Avg
86
52
57
Bejarano Rafael 187 10% 34% Bad
63
55
69
Arroyo Angel S 177 5% 30% Bad
53
46
78
Adorno Abner 168 16% 42% Avg
71
47
50
Alvarez Jose L 165 21% 56% Great
93
37
35
Alvarez Arturo 155 17% 45% Avg
69
35
51
Alvarez David A 153 12% 41% Poor
62
37
54
Batista Jose A 145 17% 44% Avg
64
42
39
Carrasco Victor R 141 11% 47% Avg
66
35
40
Canuto Thiago 138 11% 26% Bad
36
41
61
Aguilar Manuel 132 21% 47% Good
62
40
30
Aviles Yan 123 13% 40% Poor
49
32
42
Bowman Adam 122 8% 35% Bad
43
28
51
Achard Alex 116 11% 30% Bad
35
25
56
Castillo Alexander 116 7% 32% Bad
37
36
43
Cabrera Rolando 112 16% 41% Avg
46
32
34
Barnes Jose 107 12% 38% Poor
41
30
36
Barbaran Erik 102 22% 50% Great
51
28
23
Magnon Devin H 101 8% 37% Bad
37
29
35
Bowen Rocco 90 13% 42% Avg
38
26
26
Castillo Camilo 87 13% 38% Poor
33
29
25
Castanon Jesus Lopez 74 11% 34% Bad
25
16
33
Beato Inoel 69 17% 45% Good
31
25
13
Carbajal Kevin 69 20% 36% Avg
25
24
20
Castillo Angel 66 18% 47% Good
31
18
17
Barandela Sofia 60 2% 20% Bad
12
19
29
Bracho Jose A 56 12% 52% Great
29
18
9
Alonso Jose Luis 52 12% 29% Bad
15
17
20
Arroyo Miguel 47 4% 28% Bad
13
16
18
Berrios John C 41 0% 20% Bad
8
18
15
Castaneda Noe 37 14% 24% Bad
9
10
18
Boraco David 32 3% 25% Bad
8
5
19
Ceballos Franklin 29 14% 24% Bad
7
7
15
Allen Mike 27 7% 41% Poor
11
8
8
Anderson McKenna 27 0% 19% Bad
5
9
13
Baca Maria L 27 11% 22% Bad
6
11
10
Bendezu Alexander 26 12% 38% Bad
10
6
10
Bracho Agustin 25 12% 24% Poor
6
13
6
Carter Kyle 24 17% 46% Poor
11
2
11
Camilo Carlos D 16 12% 50% Avg
8
3
5
Baker Christopher John 15 7% 20% Poor
3
10
2
Burningham Jeffery 13 0% 8% Bad
1
3
9
Aragon Rolando 12 8% 67% Great
8
1
3
Burke Julie 1 0% 100%  - 
1
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 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 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”.