Charles Town: Latest jockey ratings through March 27
Bound to Windsor, here winning the West Virginia Triple Crown Nutrition Breeders Classic. Photo by Coady Photography.
by Frank Vespe
Christian Hiraldo continues to hold the top spot in our latest Charles Town jockey rankings, followed by Gerald Almodovar and Antonio Lopez.
Hiraldo also held the top spot two weeks ago, and perhaps the biggest change since then is that Xavier Perez, second in our last rankings, drops out of the list altogether because he has made only 28 starts at CT, two fewer than the minimum required.
Our system takes into account wins, win percentage, earnings per start, and wagering return on investment. The trainer leading the colony in each category receives a score of 100 for that category, with other conditioners getting a percentage of that. That would give a trainer leading in all categories a perfect score of 400.
In brief, the rating system rewards those who win often and in the biggest races. We applied the stats to every jockey at Charles Town who’s made at least 30 starts and won at least one race.
Hiraldo is in the top five in the colony in all four measured categories. Among those he is second in wins with 25 and third in earnings per start with $3,152. In all four categories, he receives between 80 and 83 points out of a possible 100 and has a total score of 327.22.
With Perez dropping out of the ratings, Gerald Almodovar moves up one slot to take second with 315.38 points. Almodovar leads the colony with 31 wins and also scores well in win percentage (second at 21 percent) and earnings per start (fourth, $2,901).
Antonio Lopez has won with five of 16 starters in the last two weeks, a hot streak that enabled him to jump from seventh in the standings to third, now with 302.61 points. Lopez leads the colony in two of the four categories. His strike rate of 22.58 percent is tops, as is his $3,859 earnings per start.
The top five is rounded out by J. D. Acosta (291.78 points), who was fifth two weeks back, and Arnaldo Bocachica (279.55), who was sixth. Fredy Peltroche, fourth two weeks ago, drops to sixth with 263.73 points. The colony leader in wagering return on investment is Kim Cecil, who has returned bettors $2.82 for each $2 win wager.
The report covers racing action through March 27, 2018.
|4||Acosta J D||291.78||14||19.18%||$2,490||$2.74|
|9||Batista Luis A||207.09||13||11.30%||$1,732||$1.98|
|12||Rodriguez Luis J||190.27||14||11.38%||$1,766||$1.38|
|18||Maldonado Ramon R||122.98||8||8.08%||$1,028||$0.98|
|22||Batista Jan C||76.07||3||6.12%||$1,023||$0.36|
|23||Soto Jr John A||45.79||1||2.00%||$863||$0.32|