Bernie Houghton
Trainer Bernie Houghton at Delaware Park. Photo by HoofprintsInc.com.

The latest Top Midlantic Jockey and Trainer rankings are out for racing through August 16, and both lists have new leaders.

Among jockeys, Edwin Gonzalez, second a week ago, has moved up to first, while Joe Bravo, who topped the list last week, has fallen to third. Meanwhile, among trainers, the top two from last week — Anthony Farrior and Bernie Houghton — have flip-flopped this week, with Houghton now atop the list.

The ranks are compiled by comparing the performance of each trainer or jockey in three metrics – win percentage, earnings per start, and $2 wagering return on investment – to the average of the top 25 jockeys or trainers by starts at that track. The average of the top 25 jockeys at each track ranges from approximately 2.37 points to 2.63 points, while that for trainers falls between 2.57 and 2.70 points.

One tweak in the formula used this week had an impact on the standings. We added in a component designed to reduce scores for trainers and jockeys who have raced significantly less frequently than average in the region in order to give more credence to larger sample sizes. Thus, for example, Bravo and Ben Perkins, Jr. would have led the jockey and trainer standings, respectively, had they not seen their scores reduced for having raced infrequently; instead each ended up third in his respective category.

The list includes racing action from May 15 through August 16. Jockeys and trainers with fewer than 20 starts do not qualify.


1Gonzalez Edwin4.86712642
2Castillo Angel4.6488819
3Bravo Joe4.6236319
4Bocachica Arnaldo4.55117351
5Hiraldo Christian4.36312124
6Sanchez Mychel J4.05714632
7Lopez Paco4.03613238
8Pennington Frankie3.95710124
9Crispin Alexander3.8879322
10Mccarthy Trevor3.88223352
11Alvarado Jr Roberto E3.8478114
12Russell Sheldon3.82711021
13Cedeno Carol3.81318740
14Karamanos Horacio3.78216330
15Acosta J D3.74712521
16Gallardo Antonio A3.71610020
17Beato Inoel3.6609016
18Thorpe Darius3.61210219
19Pimentel Julian3.5509617
20Toledo Jevian3.54320132
21Suarez Angel3.47217025
22Ho Wesley3.46912822
23Latchman Reshawn3.35818329
24Lynch Feargal3.3156112
25Peltroche Fredy3.3097911
26Wolfsont Andrew3.3067312
27Almodovar Gerald3.23713623
28Caballero Hector3.219588
29Rodriguez Jaime3.1968213
30Chiappe Ricardo3.1668914
31Marquez Charlie3.13118025
32Peterson Ferrin3.09710420
33Silvera Ruben3.06212417
34Rosales Victor2.9859611
35Perez Xavier2.97713017
36Ferrer Jose C2.9599714
37Boyce Forest2.9579115
38Haddock Dexter2.9078810
39Lopez Antonio2.87716018
40Cruz Angel2.85713317
41Batista Luis A2.79213619
42Gonzalez Silvestre2.7737810
43Diaz Vladimir2.729629
44Hernandez Julio A2.62011820
45Cora David2.6088310
46Larrosa Gustavo2.60310512
47Carrasco Victor R2.597849
48Rodriguez Angel R2.5649212
49Conner Tyler2.47814217
50Juarez Nik2.4509713
51Adorno Abner2.44313015
52Gomez Kevin2.4351068
53Laprida Jeremy2.421499
54Montanez Rosario2.386707
55Montano Jose2.367448
56Diaz Jr Sunday2.34417120
57Otero William P2.318599
58Nguyen Jason2.314277
59Cintron Alex2.30616520
60Ocasio Luis M2.304829
61Maldonado Ramon R2.262857
62Mejia Tomas B2.243778
63Garcia Wilmer A2.238788
64Lyapustina Tais2.235617
65Torres Jomar2.21510210
66Ruiz Jorge2.20811411
67Vargas Jr Jorge A2.197687
68Inirio Maicol J2.1819710
69Trotman Keimar2.084978
70Villegas Jerry2.069777
71Rosado Johan2.05311110
72Hamilton Weston2.0401197
73Ortiz Yomar Orlando2.0331048
74Diaz Jr Hector R2.00312115
75Milan Gerardo1.994828
76Nunez Anthony Y1.979667
77Bowman Adam1.970767
78Rodriguez Victor1.958885
79Coa Keiber J1.951527
80Rodriguezcastro LA1.866567
81Pedroza Brian1.826447
82Scampton Brittany1.813553
83Davis Katie1.757525
84Whitney Dana G1.731734
85Rivera Javier1.702466
86Labarre Rebecca G1.684596
87Delgado Carlos J1.58713011
88Schneider Joseph1.570675
89Whisman Avery1.5591108
90Castillo Isaac1.503976
91Whitacre Grant1.482314
92Mena Raul1.478959
93Morales Kelvin O1.4321046
94Simpson Jason1.392985
95Panaijo Jorge1.341512
96Rivera Edwin1.273894
97Villa-Gomez Huber1.241304
98Corujo Leonardo1.122383
99Medina Jaime0.982492
100Maragh Romero Ramsay0.964485
101Hernandez Carlos J0.945914
102Mangalee Navin0.936403
103Rosado Roberto J0.925483
104Rocha Wladimir0.921832
105Spanabel Skyler0.852503
106Batista Jose A0.845513
107Centeno Daniel0.841503
108Flores Jr Laureano0.838382
109Hernandez Jann N0.820333
110Chaves Manuel0.811262
111Salgado Anthony0.790563
112Vargas Jr Jorge L0.767502
113Lopez Charles C0.762294
114Rodriguez Edilberto0.755302
115Bisono John0.744253
116Davis Jacqueline A0.692502
117Halliday Vince0.676482
118Betancourt Jose R0.636481
119Berticelli Lucas E0.634532
120Marrero Carlos0.439611
121Lopez Erick0.340201
122Rojas Jose F0.272461
123Rojas Jose F0.256411
124Garcia Wilfredo J0.240211

There are just two newcomers to the Top 10 versus last week’s list. They are Alexander Crispin and Trevor McCarthy. The former has steadily been putting together a good apprentice campaign at Delaware Park, while the latter is among the top jockeys at four different regional tracks and was on an absolute hot streak at Colonial Downs before testing positive for Covid-19. He’s expected back in action August 27.


1Houghton T Bernard B5.1825115
2Farrior Anthony5.0085019
3Perkins Jr Benjamin W4.7882110
4McKee John D4.6066718
5Kulp Brandon L4.1754414
6Casey James W4.1684911
7Robb John J3.9495814
8Demasi K A3.8767517
9Stidham Michael3.8414110
10Coker Jr Gerald A3.766346
11Huston Rory K3.758446
12Shanley Timothy3.643366
13Robertson McLean3.5685013
14Russell Brittany3.476329
15Breen Kelly J3.4735214
16Kreiser Timothy C3.4635614
17Casey John A3.4345710
18Hollendorfer Jerry3.404279
19Vega Richard3.394276
20Motion H Graham3.332296
21Pecoraro Anthony3.306258
22Rubley Kelly3.294438
23Figgins III Ollie L3.2387116
24Dilodovico Damon R3.2366113
25Salvaggio Mark V3.230379
26Pickett Crystal G3.196498
27Camejo Jose M3.178367
28Ness Jamie3.17324057
29Vazquez Juan C3.148549
30Walters David3.147366
31McBurney Patrick B3.130436
32Whylie Herold O3.078267
33Trombetta Michael J3.049609
34Merryman Ann W3.049364
35Servis John C3.034277
36Potts Wayne3.0298514
37Lynch Cathal A3.021418
38Brown Chad C3.005187
39Runco Jeff C2.96314427
40Grams Timothy C2.9435110
41Gonzalez Claudio A2.86918332
42Simoff Andrew L2.829207
43Pino Michael V2.824469
44Graci Kimberly A2.7805510
45Dini Michael2.777358
46Farro Patricia2.7466811
47Reid Mark J2.666227
48Ferreira Fernando2.657173
49Contreras Javier2.5897910
50Diaz Jorge2.520376
51Cibelli Jane2.482317
52McMahon Hugh I2.465568
53Mcmahon Demelza2.453306
54Keefe Timothy L2.447314
55Capuano Dale2.445498
56Carlisle John C2.432469
57Corrales Jose2.3755810
58Caison Jody L2.310335
59Lucas Anthony2.269315
60Smith Hamilton A2.255585
61Schoenthal Phil2.254343
62Gaudet Lacey2.250404
63Sanchez-Salomon R2.249386
64O'Dwyer Jeremiah2.225335
65Martin Silvio L2.202284
66Delgado Jose H2.178489
67Gorham Michael E2.175295
68Coletti Jr Edward J2.171343
69Velazquez Daniel2.151296
70Mancilla Carlos A2.148372
71Stites Flint W2.126505
72Milian Carlos J2.108345
73Brown Ronney W2.10513216
74Kravets Bruce M2.065456
75Magee Kieron1.988588
76Hogan William J1.973182
77Bennett Gerald S1.929294
78Johnston Robert JW1.906215
79Lake Scott A1.905879
80Mcclellan Erin C1.890344
81Reynolds Joan A1.880305
82Klesaris Steve1.878234
83Linder Jr Louis C1.858447
84Carvajal Jr Luis1.840395
85Rodriguez Paige1.822173
86Tobin Edwin L1.814463
87Potts Jr Ron G1.778273
88Reid Jr Robert E1.755233
89Albright George R1.736233
90Sweezey J Kent1.711285
91Spina Chuck1.683343
92White Donald R1.677292
93Stehr Joseph P1.671292
94Obed-Letts Keturah E1.615373
95Sacco Gregory D1.544223
96Guerrero Juan Carlos1.540263
97Salvaggio Jr M W1.516252
98Soto Carlos1.515254
99Taylor Joseph1.514475
100Joy Kevin J1.503334
101Compton Greg1.501194
102Dominguez Mario A1.345323
103Collins Timothy M1.320432
104Stephens John D1.218212
105Madrigal Sr Rodrigo1.214262
106Moore Michael M1.194192
107Cronk Samuel F1.165272
108Bailes W Robert1.138332
109Guerrero J Guadalupe1.099222
110O'Connell Kathleen1.099203
111Allen III A Ferris1.097412
112Correa Jr Alex A1.037383
113Delacour Arnaud1.025172
114Serey Jr Mario0.903322
115Gaffney Hubert0.874172
116Galvan Baltazar0.838282
117Sinnefia Paulina0.775172
118Bennett Dale0.774183
119Mazza Joseph W0.741211
120Caruso Nick Joseph0.710202
121Morrow Shaun C0.702172
122Jones Jr Michael E0.680502
123Boggs M Joanna0.669331
124Bobadilla Jose F0.522431
125Mosco Robert0.513291
126St Lewis Uriah0.505211
127Ryan Derek S0.505261
128Pimental John I0.444251
129Einhorn Skip0.402401
130Oliva Robert0.399201

While the jockey rankings are relatively stable from last week, there’s been a considerable amount of shuffling in the trainer ranks as compared to a week ago. One trainer, Kevin Patterson(3rd last week), has dropped off the list altogether; he was not among the top 25 trainers by starts at Charles Town through Sunday. Several others remain on the list but have dropped out of the top 10.

Only four of the top 10 were among the top 10 last week. They are Houghton and Farrior at the top, along with John McKee (moving up from sixth to fourth) and Michael Stidham (up from 10th to ninth).