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 350 18% 48% Good
167
93
90
Barbosa Jeiron 322 17% 51% Good
163
64
95
Carmouche Kendrick 262 21% 48% Good
127
64
71
Camacho Samy 239 22% 49% Good
116
63
60
Bejarano Rafael 190 15% 48% Good
92
51
47
Alvarado Junior 183 12% 36% Bad
65
35
83
Ayuso Armando 183 17% 51% Great
93
51
39
Cannon Declan 179 13% 33% Bad
59
42
78
Cancel Eric 166 14% 42% Poor
69
40
57
Araujo Denis 164 14% 45% Avg
73
45
46
Antongeorgi William 147 22% 48% Good
70
36
41
Acosta J D 140 10% 27% Bad
38
43
59
Alvarado Frank T 134 22% 49% Good
65
31
38
Amparan Francisco 127 16% 45% Avg
57
30
40
Batista Jose A 124 16% 40% Avg
50
36
38
Beschizza Adam 122 7% 33% Bad
40
37
45
Bendezu Alexander 119 8% 30% Bad
36
28
55
Campos Jose Luis 116 7% 34% Bad
40
28
48
Alvelo Jean C 107 10% 33% Bad
35
29
43
Canuto Thiago 107 4% 16% Bad
17
23
67
Baze Tyler 98 1% 27% Bad
26
29
43
Becerra Jr Sergio 96 15% 33% Poor
32
31
33
Calderon Francisco 93 24% 51% Good
47
17
29
Berrios Hector Isaac 89 15% 38% Poor
34
25
30
Bravo Joe 81 12% 41% Poor
33
19
29
Harkie Heman K 79 9% 32% Bad
25
16
38
Bailon Victor Jadhir 73 1% 22% Bad
16
22
35
Benn Cordarelton J 67 3% 24% Bad
16
17
34
Beato Inoel 66 8% 36% Bad
24
18
24
Amador Silvio Ruiz 60 13% 43% Poor
26
14
20
Bridgmohan Shaun 54 9% 22% Bad
12
8
34
Ayala Jesus Rios 52 15% 54% Great
28
14
10
Salazar Teresa 50 0% 4% Bad
2
13
35
Alsagoor Abdul M 47 11% 28% Bad
13
16
18
Ayala Isaias 40 10% 22% Bad
9
6
25
Baird E T 38 18% 50% Good
19
8
11
Boulanger Gary 35 9% 43% Bad
15
6
14
Boraco David 31 6% 16% Bad
5
9
17
Carroll Declan 27 4% 30% Bad
8
7
12
Boyce Forest 26 4% 23% Bad
6
8
12
Camacho Kevin Jesus 23 13% 43% Avg
10
7
6
Aguilar Jacobo Adan 21 0% 24% Bad
5
8
8
Alderson Jeffrey Ian 15 7% 7% Bad
1
2
12
Buchanan MarkLee Z 10 10% 30% Bad
3
3
4
Arroyo Miguel 6 0% 67% Great
4
1
1
Alpander Tamay B 5 0% 0% Bad
0
0
5
Calles Franklin 4 0% 0%  - 
0
0
4
Betancourt Jose R 2 0% 0%  - 
0
1
1
Ayala Jesus 1 0% 0%  - 
0
1
0
Boucher Mell 1 100% 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”.