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

Starts Win % Show % DHP
1st/2nd/3rd
4th or 5th
6th +
Acosta J D 319 13% 40% Poor
128
85
106
Beschizza Adam 242 14% 38% Poor
92
62
88
Bermudez Samuel E 241 15% 39% Avg
94
75
72
Araujo Denis 237 14% 44% Avg
105
63
69
Bowen Rocco 195 17% 47% Avg
92
46
57
Tavares Javier 185 12% 46% Avg
86
50
49
Adorno Abner 180 14% 41% Poor
74
49
57
Alderson Jeffrey Ian 179 11% 34% Poor
61
60
58
Gutierrez Reylu 174 14% 43% Poor
75
35
64
Ayala Isaias 161 11% 45% Avg
72
53
36
Achard Alex 149 11% 42% Poor
62
39
48
Barbaran Erik 146 15% 47% Good
68
46
32
Barrios Ricardo 144 9% 37% Poor
53
51
40
Boyce Forest 141 15% 46% Avg
65
35
41
Bracho Jose A 133 19% 52% Great
69
37
27
Batista Luis Alberto 125 17% 51% Good
64
30
31
Buchanan MarkLee Z 119 9% 44% Avg
52
36
31
Baez Jose 117 9% 44% Good
52
43
22
Beato Inoel 112 15% 52% Great
58
32
22
Berrios Hector 102 22% 60% Great
61
21
20
Bowman Adam 100 8% 26% Bad
26
37
37
Arrieta Reynier 98 17% 54% Great
53
27
18
Bailon Victor Jadhir 97 14% 58% Great
56
29
12
Alvarado Nazario 95 21% 45% Good
43
31
21
Aguilar Daniel 89 10% 38% Poor
34
29
26
Salgado Anthony 86 14% 29% Bad
25
23
38
Alvarez David A 85 18% 47% Good
40
25
20
Butterfly Bryson L 85 5% 21% Bad
18
17
50
Whitney Dana G 84 12% 36% Poor
30
26
28
Aguilar Manuel 84 11% 37% Avg
31
38
15
Bisono John 76 12% 37% Avg
28
28
20
Anderson Jodeien 70 4% 19% Bad
13
15
42
Aragon Rolando 68 4% 40% Poor
27
22
19
Cabrera Rolando 64 16% 36% Poor
23
18
23
Austin Nirone 62 11% 27% Bad
17
20
25
Enriquez Jacob 61 25% 49% Good
30
12
19
Berrios Joseph 61 15% 49% Good
30
18
13
Alvarez Arturo 59 7% 25% Bad
15
16
28
Belloc Aaron 53 8% 34% Poor
18
21
14
Batista Jose A 52 10% 27% Bad
14
17
21
Burningham Jeffery 50 6% 14% Bad
7
9
34
Burke Julie 40 10% 32% Bad
13
11
16
Chavez Oriel 35 0% 23% Bad
8
13
14
Alonso Jose Luis 32 3% 6% Bad
2
4
26
Vargas Jr Jorge L 31 6% 29% Bad
9
13
9
Beverly Jr Ron 30 0% 20% Bad
6
4
20
Escobedo Adrian 16 0% 6% Bad
1
6
9
Aquino Jasiel 15 0% 7% Bad
1
7
7
Blake Donell 15 0% 27% Bad
4
5
6
Bryan Kerry 7 0% 29% Bad
2
3
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 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”.