Trainers and Jockeys to Watch for Pegasus World Cup Week

Penelope P. Miller/America's Best Racing

A while back, we took a look at what to expect at some of the prime winter meets based on previous years’ results.

With winter raging and Pegasus World Cup week on deck, let’s check in on Gulfstream Park to see how the Florida track's championship meet is unfolding and what the meet statistics are telling handicappers.

Jorge Navarro
Jorge Navarro (Eclipse Sportswire)

As pointed out in that article, trainer Todd Pletcher was chasing a 16th straight trainer’s title at Gulfstream and so far it’s turning into a closer than expected horse race. Through Jan. 16, Pletcher was actually trailing Jorge Navarro by a single victory. Navarro has 19 wins from 83 starters (23 percent) to Pletcher’s 18 wins from 69 starts (26 percent).

Navarro, however, has been one-dimensional. Of his 18 wins, 17 have come on Gulfstream Park’s main track. He’s 18-for-69 on dirt (26 percent) and just 1-for-14 on turf (7 percent). Pletcher has been far more consistent, with 10 dirt wins and eight turf victories. He’s 10 of 34 on dirt (29 percent) and 8-for-35 (23 percent) on turf.

As for the hottest trainer at the meet, it’s definitely been Jason Servis. He’s won with 10 of his 27 starters (37 percent) at the meet and has been at his best on dirt with a 5-of-11 (45 percent) mark.

Some of the others trainers to watch include Bill Mott (9-for-30, 30 percent), Saffie A. Joseph Jr. (10 of 35, 29 percent) and Victor Barboza Jr. (7-for-26, 27 percent).

Mike Maker is off to a slow start, with just six wins from 70 starts (9 percent). Yet once again at Gulfstream the bulk of his wins have come on turf with a mark of 5-for-57 (9 percent) on grass and one of 13 (8 percent) on dirt.

On the jockeys’ side, Luis Saez has a sizeable lead over Irad Ortiz Jr. in the battle for the riding title. Saez has 52 wins from 236 starts (22 percent), while Ortiz has 38 victories from 161 starts (24 percent).

The rest of the top five includes Tyler Gaffalione (25 wins), Jose Ortiz (24) and Paco Lopez (24).

Percentage-wise, Emisael Jaramillo is enjoying a fine meet - on the main track. He’s a blazing 19 of 61 in dirt races for a 31 percent winning percentage. Meanwhile, on turf, he’s just 3-for- 42 (7 percent).

On turf Saez is once again on top with 24 wins, followed by Ortiz Jr. with 20.

Hopefully some of those numbers will add up to a profitable Pegasus World Cup week for you.

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