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 +
Batista Luis Alberto 186 17% 52% Great
97
61
28
Bowen Rocco 141 18% 52% Good
73
33
35
Bracho Jose A 133 19% 55% Great
73
35
25
Ayuso Armando 113 17% 51% Good
58
31
24
Benn Cordarelton J 97 11% 34% Bad
33
20
44
Barbaran Erik 96 25% 65% Great
62
21
13
Baze Tyler 94 13% 44% Poor
41
17
36
Asmussen Erik 88 10% 44% Avg
39
24
25
Becerra Jr Sergio 79 14% 35% Bad
28
18
33
Beato Inoel 76 12% 42% Avg
32
23
21
Aguilar Jean 73 16% 40% Avg
29
26
18
Arroyo Angel S 73 18% 38% Bad
28
14
31
Batista Jose A 70 7% 39% Poor
27
21
22
Berrios Hector Isaac 70 21% 50% Good
35
17
18
Asmussen Keith J 62 24% 45% Good
28
15
19
Alvarez Jose L 60 15% 42% Avg
25
17
18
Barbosa Jeiron 55 15% 45% Poor
25
10
20
Bacon Tyler W 51 8% 33% Bad
17
16
18
Amaya Daniel Ruiz 50 12% 28% Bad
14
4
32
Aguilar Claudio Ponce 47 4% 43% Poor
20
13
14
Andrade Jr Oscar 47 11% 38% Poor
18
14
15
Barbosa Carlos 47 4% 17% Bad
8
13
26
Bejarano Rafael 43 19% 51% Good
22
9
12
Bridgmohan Jermaine V 43 9% 28% Bad
12
14
17
Bracho Agustin 42 12% 40% Avg
17
13
12
Arrieta Francisco 41 10% 37% Bad
15
8
18
Briceno Jean Gregor 41 10% 41% Poor
17
9
15
Alvarado Junior 38 13% 42% Poor
16
10
12
Garcia Jorge Javier 35 14% 51% Good
18
8
9
Boyce Forest 32 22% 56% Good
18
4
10
Allen Ronald Dale 31 10% 35% Bad
11
9
11
Alvarez Jr David 26 15% 38% Poor
10
6
10
Bravo Joe 23 17% 57% Great
13
5
5
Alvarez Jose Amador 21 14% 57% Good
12
3
6
Bocachica Arnaldo 21 5% 52% Great
11
8
2
Thomas Anthony 20 5% 20% Bad
4
4
12
Alsagoor Abdul M 17 6% 41% Good
7
9
1
Antongeorgi William 17 24% 47% Avg
8
3
6
Bracho Richard A 16 12% 38% Bad
6
3
7
Bethke Scott A 15 7% 33% Bad
5
2
8
Borel Calvin H 14 29% 36% Avg
5
5
4
Alvarado Frank T 13 15% 54% Great
7
4
2
Ayala Jesus Rios 13 38% 62% Great
8
3
2
Arellano Juan 12 8% 8% Bad
1
2
9
Alonso Jose Luis 10 0% 30% Bad
3
1
6
Amador Silvio Ruiz 6 0% 33% Bad
2
2
2
Benavides Manuel 6 0% 0% Bad
0
2
4
Thedford Tanner 5 0% 60% Great
3
2
0
Alcala Jose Rosario 4 25% 25%  - 
1
3
0
Americano Manuel 2 0% 0%  - 
0
2
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”.