John (Jerry) Robb
Jerry Robb (far right) is curently 10th in the rankings. Photo by Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club.

Modifications to our Top Midlantic Jockey and Trainer ranking formula have led to some changes, but much remains similar atop the two lists.

In fact, in the jockey rankings, the top five riders – in the same order – were at the head of the class last week, led by Joe Bravo (4.960 points). Among trainers, Ben Perkins, Jr. (6.227 points) is the leader after having been fourth a week ago.

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 jockeys or trainers at that track.

The formula also includes 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. The average for all trainers is 2.426 points; for jockeys, it’s 2.596.

A tweak in the formula this week has had an impact. In previous weeks, we limited the trainers and jockeys to the top 25, by starts, at each track. This week, we incorporated every rider and trainer at each track at which he or she had made at least 10 starts.

That change included many more jockeys and trainers in the rankings than had previously been. Additionally, including more trainers and jocks in the rankings had the effect of reducing the average number of starts, which in turn reduced the penalty suffered by those who have made fewer than average starts.

The list includes racing action from May 15 through August 30. It includes racing from Laurel Park, Delaware Park, Monmouth Park, Parx Racing, Penn National, and Charles Town. Colonial Downs data is incorporated for jockeys only.


1Bravo Joe4.9602382
2Gonzalez Edwin4.88251155
3Bocachica Arnaldo4.46462202
4Hiraldo Christian4.45928140
5Castillo Angel4.22223120
6Alvarado Jr Roberto E4.07719106
7Pennington Frankie4.03928122
8Laprida Jeremy3.9851570
9Sanchez Mychel J3.93741200
10Mccarthy Trevor3.89253236
11Lopez Paco3.82545177
12Peltroche Fredy3.8121390
13Suarez Angel3.80835206
14Karamanos Horacio3.76835196
15Vargas Jr Jorge A3.7521496
16Russell Sheldon3.74321110
17Cedeno Carol3.66549236
18Gallardo Antonio A3.62825133
19Toledo Jevian3.54540235
20Crispin Alexander3.53328129
21Beato Inoel3.50821116
22Pimentel Julian3.43620118
23Latchman Reshawn3.43534206
24Acosta J D3.43323152
25Thorpe Darius3.33521116
26Chiappe Ricardo3.32620117
27Peterson Ferrin3.32228138
28Silvera Ruben3.30623153
29Lopez Antonio3.10622186
30Diaz Vladimir3.0421280
31Perez Xavier3.03424164
32Caballero Hector2.986961
33Wolfsont Andrew2.9811599
34Ho Wesley2.97322146
35Boyce Forest2.96516100
36Marquez Charlie2.94631218
37Ferrer Jose C2.92817121
38Rodriguez Angel R2.91117116
39Haddock Dexter2.87513119
40Rodriguez Jaime2.84520127
41Almodovar Gerald2.84424158
42Cruz Angel2.84020159
43Cora David2.81014100
44Lynch Feargal2.7771261
45Gonzalez Silvestre2.67112101
46Pedroza Brian2.6411163
47Mejia Tomas B2.6231193
48Hernandez Julio A2.59223144
49Adorno Abner2.58220167
50Batista Luis A2.53120158
51Diaz Jr Sunday2.52924193
52Larrosa Gustavo2.50414117
53Nunez Anthony Y2.4951088
54Rosales Victor2.49311117
55Juarez Nik2.48916121
56Delgado Carlos J2.42814148
57Ocasio Luis M2.42013106
58Otero William P2.3961170
59Conner Tyler2.38217148
60Ruiz Jorge2.36613125
61Carrasco Victor R2.33310104
62Nguyen Jason2.318846
63Lyapustina Tais2.286970
64Castillo Isaac2.25914130
65Milan Gerardo2.23411103
66Gomez Kevin2.2269131
67Ortiz Yomar Orlando2.22511129
68Rosado Johan2.19412131
69Maldonado Ramon R2.1889100
70Torres Jomar2.18013138
71Villegas Jerry2.1751090
72Cintron Alex2.17124203
73Garcia Wilmer A2.149994
74Scampton Brittany2.130567
75Inirio Maicol J2.13012119
76Diaz Jr Hector R2.09319157
77Centeno Daniel2.071966
78Trotman Keimar2.02510111
79Glaser Lauralea2.0001027
80Montanez Rosario1.986770
81Rodriguezcastro LA1.981970
82Montano Jose1.886844
83Hamilton Weston1.8748141
84Rodriguez Victor1.8306111
85Coa Keiber J1.676752
86Rivera Edwin1.6276111
87Whitney Dana G1.602593
88Corujo Leonardo1.574559
89Whisman Avery1.5338110
90Rivera Javier1.521754
91Mena Raul1.52012123
92Bowman Adam1.503695
93Spanabel Skyler1.479666
94Labarre Rebecca G1.447659
95Simpson Jason1.3286118
96Morales Kelvin O1.3076110
97Davis Katie1.295445
98Panaijo Jorge1.281265
99Schneider Joseph1.262567
100Whitacre Grant1.255432
101Hernandez Carlos J1.2337115
102Hernandez Jann N1.178543
103Maragh Romero Ramsay1.154675
104Flores Jr Laureano1.128365
105Medina Jaime1.125365
106Chaves Manuel1.105339
107Villa-Gomez Huber1.050430
108Vargas Jr Jorge L0.945365
109Mangalee Navin0.851352
110Rosado Roberto J0.837359
111Betancourt Jose R0.832261
112Rocha Wladimir0.814289
113Garcia Luis0.802425
114Batista Jose A0.793359
115Berticelli Lucas E0.746361
116DeCarlo Christopher P0.722325
117Evans Cecily0.714315
118Salgado Anthony0.681356
119Lopez Charles C0.672429
120Rodriguez Edilberto0.664238
121Bisono John0.660330
122Gonzalez Jorge Luis0.651132
123Rivera Luis D0.631232
124Lloyd John W0.603226
125Davis Jacqueline A0.595250
126Halliday Vince0.582260
127Flores Emilio0.577227
128Mayhew Glenmore W0.548114
129Marrero Carlos0.534272
130Garcia Wilfredo J0.531327
131Ocasio Jonathan0.385135
132Rivera Jr Jose L0.373119
133Baker Christopher J0.357111
134Kay Winston R0.356118
135Burke Jermaine0.332123
136Lopez Erick0.292120
137Vail James S0.280117
138Paz Robert0.278112
139Correa Julio0.274116
140Martinez Erasmo0.263115
141Rojas Jose F0.252158
142Carrasco Carlos0.238126
143Torres Wesley0.223123
144Urdaneta Jorge J0.183111
145Herrera Jacinto R0.170111

Bravo, with 23 wins from just 82 starts at Monmouth Park, has the narrow advantage in our latest rankings over Edwin Gonzalez, who’s won 51 races during the period, most at Penn National, where he’s the runaway leader by wins. While Gonzalez has taken perhaps a more traditional route near the top of the list – riding frequently and being among the leading riders – Bravo has adopted a choosier approach, riding less frequently but in higher-end races. His earnings per start – more than $17,000 – is nearly triple Monmouth’s average.

After the Penn National-based Gonzalez, the next two spots belong to the Charles Town duo of Arnaldo Bocachica (4.464 points) and Christian Hiraldo (4.459) in third and fourth, respectively. The Parx-based Angel Castillo (4.222) rounds out the top five.

Newcomers to the top 10 this week include the eighth- and ninth-place riders, both Parx-based. Jeremy Laprida, who has all 15 of his winners at Parx, is eighth (3.943), while meet leader Mychel Sanchez (41 wins) is ninth, with 3.937 points.


1Perkins Jr Benjamin W6.2271027
2Patterson Kevin S5.2411431
3McKee John D4.9532075
4Houghton T Bernard B4.5091558
5Casey James W4.5081355
6Duarte Jr Jorge4.4571347
7Stidham Michael4.3851556
8Pecoraro Anthony4.3451035
9Lynch Cathal A4.2481663
10Robb John J4.1891873
11Hollendorfer Jerry4.183933
12Coker Jr Gerald A4.111634
13Huston Rory K4.095960
14Farrior Anthony4.0892382
15Breen Kelly J4.0822070
16Kulp Brandon L4.0631857
17Vega Richard3.977736
18Brown Chad C3.865720
19Whylie Herold O3.855836
20Vazquez Juan C3.7761363
21Preciado Guadalupe3.740727
22Shanley Timothy3.734741
23Simoff Andrew L3.731826
24Russell Brittany3.691935
25Velazquez Daniel3.680933
26Hendriks Richard J3.620726
27Moore Michael M3.614947
28Grams Timothy C3.6081258
29Coletti Jr Edward J3.573746
30Reid Mark J3.573932
31Camejo Jose M3.4991046
32Kreiser Timothy C3.4411870
33Servis John C3.418734
34Salazar Marco P3.397416
35Motion H Graham3.397636
36Casey John A3.3761165
37Wyner Harold3.376636
38Runco Jeff C3.36736170
39Ness Jamie3.36078313
40Pickett Crystal G3.3361276
41Carvajal Jr Luis3.317846
42Nunn Douglas3.284331
43Keefe Timothy L3.268535
44Robertson McLean3.2471671
45Dilodovico Damon R3.2281469
46Ramosagosto Miguel3.221427
47Craig Jr Lewis E3.212630
48Capuano Gary3.206954
49McBurney Patrick B3.193966
50Demasi K A3.15721116
51Figgins III Ollie L3.1501782
52Carlisle John C3.1431052
53Trombetta Michael J3.08417106
54Delgado Jose H3.0801561
55Rubley Kelly3.070847
56Ferreira Fernando3.068320
57Corrales Jose3.0401470
58Lucas Anthony2.999634
59Gonzalez Claudio A2.99340220
60Mcmahon Demelza2.978943
61Martin Silvio L2.9731066
62Stites Flint W2.965962
63Salvaggio Mark V2.9351044
64Potts Wayne2.8991598
65Johnston Robert JW2.873625
66D'Angelo Ricardo2.867726
67Walters David2.845642
68Sacco Gregory D2.838430
69Mcclellan Erin C2.834741
70Gorham Michael E2.761738
71Smith Hamilton A2.754871
72Graci Kimberly A2.7331482
73Merryman Ann W2.718442
74Salzman Jr John E2.712523
75Klesaris Steve2.696530
76Hogan William J2.654227
77Cibelli Jane2.638738
78Dini Michael2.637947
79Pino Michael V2.629951
80Farro Patricia2.5911395
81Capuano Dale2.5601476
82Allen Jeffrey S2.518424
83Milian Carlos J2.504642
84Bouchard Leslye G2.504316
85O'Dwyer Jeremiah2.474641
86Delacour Arnaud2.473747
87Caison Jody L2.470535
88Contreras Javier2.4691087
89Dominguez Mario A2.460642
90Stehr Joseph P2.453334
91Compton Greg2.390622
92Elamri Hassan2.349313
93Sanchez-Salomon R2.341741
94Diaz Jorge2.306644
95Schoenthal Phil2.296444
96Guerrero Juan Carlos2.279429
97Eubanks Annette M2.277316
98Magee Kieron2.2761383
99Kravets Bruce M2.2611073
100Sweezey J Kent2.234638
101Rideouttii Anthony M2.231424
102Rodriguez Franklin2.211316
103Brown Ronney W2.19818148
104McMahon Hugh I2.189865
105Potts Jr Ron G2.182331
106Salvaggio Jr M W2.165330
107Mancilla Carlos A2.161348
108Reynolds Joan A2.156533
109Rodriguez Paige2.145322
110Reid Jr Robert E2.142327
111Tessore Bruno2.134425
112Mosco Robert2.123438
113Gaudet Lacey2.109551
114Bennett Gerald S2.107542
115Santangelo Brett T2.105312
116Lake Scott A2.08912106
117Catalano Jr Michael L2.066321
118Albright George R2.063329
119McMullen Marilyn G2.048314
120Mangual Manolo2.047325
121Hanagan Lela G2.028416
122Downie Lofflin1.983213
123Stephens John D1.980323
124St Lewis Uriah1.977326
125Linder Jr Louis C1.975961
126Cooney Susan S1.941224
127Ashby Lynn A1.925332
128Jenkins Rodney1.925321
129Beattie Todd M1.884314
130Joy Kevin J1.879541
131Pyke Joseph1.869230
132Margotta Jr Anthony R1.864212
133Madrigal Sr Rodrigo1.836330
134McMahon W Thomas1.818214
135Viands Stacey R1.809423
136White Donald R1.790236
137Jones Jr Michael E1.749457
138Tobin Edwin L1.736351
139Sillaman Richard P1.731317
140O'Connell Kathleen1.731426
141Delgado Jorge1.729413
142Haynes Ernest M1.714423
143Adams Douglas S1.712319
144Dollinger-Stehr L1.712323
145Hurley Jack1.681418
146Manchio Linda L1.669313
147Solis Jacinto1.668313
148Perez Ernesto1.664212
149Obed-Letts Keturah E1.621339
150Graham Robin L1.617222
151Eppler Mary E1.600322
152Albert Linda L1.587216
153Abrams Ronald B1.586319
154Groves Janice1.570211
155Schottroffe Edward T1.549313
156Sheppard Jonathan E1.537315
157Schneider Geoffrey L1.533312
158Soto Carlos1.531549
159Viands Gregory1.530220
160Aylor Jr William L1.529225
161Spina Chuck1.520345
162Ortega Leopoldo M1.482323
163Martinez Alexander1.479312
164Taylor Joseph1.463661
165McAllen John P1.460132
166Woolley Tim1.459114
167Jones Carl C1.454217
168Maymo Alejandro1.428217
169Flores-Coba Felix L1.425223
170Voss Katharine M1.421214
171Keller Christopher M1.391214
172Hawthorne Bobbi Anne1.380214
173Clark Tom A1.372312
174Caruso Nick Joseph1.371325
175Alsbrookiii Joseph B1.360226
176Cronk Samuel F1.353232
177Davis Russell E1.353221
178Hemingway Ian1.328215
179Thomas Jonathan1.328317
180Guerrero J Guadalupe1.322225
181Collins Timothy M1.291248
182Velazquez Alfredo1.289219
183Zalalas Michael1.267239
184Dotolo David1.251114
185Boggs M Joanna1.251236
186Matz Michael R1.249214
187Greaves Vernon1.234219
188Posadas Pedro1.213217
189Stahlin John L1.207312
190Perez Elisha1.184111
191Sanderson Wade S1.182114
192Owens Jr Eddie1.171216
193Allard Edward T1.162215
194Rodriguez Jose S1.157312
195Bailes W Robert1.156236
196Barber Donald C1.149213
197Campbell Marshall T1.147212
198Clagett Christine F1.126215
199Vera Miguel1.124312
200Geralis Emanuel J1.105218
201Hills Timothy A1.098214
202Servis J Tyler1.084211
203Serey Juan1.082121
204Doran Carl1.062211
205Gaffney Hubert1.057219
206Mazza Joseph W1.039130
207Betancourt Jr Eli1.038224
208Riviezzo Ralph R1.035122
209Shuman Mark1.025216
210Cash Russell J1.024113
211Allen III A Ferris1.012247
212Bennett Dale1.009324
213Castellano Abel A1.003221
214Correa Jr Alex A0.988342
215Galvan Baltazar0.981230
216Simmonds Michael A0.980118
217Serey Jr Mario0.971234
218Casey Stephen M0.971211
219Ippolito Mark0.970117
220Kopecki Sara E0.968113
221Weeks Michael Lee0.937216
222Butts Mike E0.928219
223Pimental John I0.922232
224Pennella Rhea M0.914228
225Sinnefia Paulina0.899218
226Johnson Dewayne C0.893216
227Dunham Bernard G0.869213
228Morrow Shaun C0.857220
229Oliva Robert0.844225
230Cornwell Jr James L0.844113
231Aguirre Anthony0.830118
232Krebs Steven0.829112
233Englehart Jeffrey S0.815211
234Ingram Adam L0.782232
235DeMario Charles A0.778115
236Rodriguez John M0.774212
237Carrasco Jr Victor0.741215
238Nicholson Jr James E0.716120
239Haughton Donnovan0.715115
240Wilson Tony0.700121
241Chacon Gustavo0.688120
242Castillo Michelle0.683117
243Gallimore Trevor0.679137
244Brown Jr Howard R0.679124
245Lawrence II James L0.671118
246Fenimore Elbert0.658111
247Frock Charles L0.655130
248Aristone Philip T0.653115
249Boniface Kevin C0.646118
250Arriaga Antonio0.638114
251Hussey David A0.629113
252Thompson Glenn R0.625114
253Gamber Robert E0.622116
254Ryan Derek S0.618133
255Martinez Joey A0.611131
256McCaslin John S0.610116
257Allen Randy0.609114
258Frangella Jr James A0.608116
259Houghton Roy D0.602113
260Larrosa Analia R0.601114
261Fernandez Edward0.593113
262Geist David W0.592117
263Toscano Jr John T0.587118
264Vuyosevich Jeanne L0.564112
265Comi Jr Ralph W0.555111
266Lisowski Katie0.551122
267Sanchez Jose Lozano0.550111
268Hess Jacob G0.544111
269Machado Antonio0.483112
270Brooks Gerald E0.473114
271Walters Henry R0.471117
272Hedus William C0.470111
273Beattie Cody0.452115
274Synnefias Dimitrios K0.448114
275Pearce Penny0.443117
276Shea Timothy H0.439119
277Moreno-Barban L0.432115
278Bobadilla Jose F0.399157
279Einhorn Skip0.390150

The trainer list saw perhaps more upheaval. In part that’s because two trainers who weren’t on the list at all last week are now in the top six. Kevin Patterson – continuing to win at a preposterous rate – was not on last week because he was just outside of Charles Town’s top 25 trainers by starts. And Jorge Duarte, Jr., whose 47 starts would seem to be easily enough for inclusion, was not among the top 25 by starts at any of the three tracks where he operates.

Now, Patterson is second overall with a score of 5.241; he’s won with 14 of 31 starters at Charles Town. And Duarte (4.457 points) is sixth overall. He has 13 wins from 47 starts while sending out starters at Laurel, Monmouth, and Delaware.

Ben Perkins, Jr., fourth a week ago, has moved up to first with 6.227 points. He has 10 wins from 27 starts at Monmouth, but what enabled him to make the jump this past week was the inclusion of more trainers on the list. That reduced the average number of starts per trainer, which in turn reduced the penalty he paid for having fewer starts than average.