Leading Jockeys of 2022
Leading Jockeys of 2022
Atop the high earning horses such as Rich Strike, Epicenter and Midnight Bourbon are excellent jockeys who rhyme with the horse and develop winning strategies. The Belmont Stakes and the recently concluded Kentucky Derby featured some of the top jockeys and we had to review with Vwin’s sports site the rankings to see which jockeys are worth the salt.
Irad Ortiz Jr
Irad has a 27% win on different horses this year earning an income of $13,141,960. The Puerto Rican jockey won the first cup race in 2014 and has since then morphed into a household name, recently winning the Belmont Stakes on Mo Donegal.
Ortiz, just like his father and brother, has an aggressive racing style cutting inside and winning on the final stretch. Irad Ortiz Jr has many accolades tucked under his belt. The notable ones include the 2018, 2019 and 2020 Eclipse Award for outstanding jockey.
The 10-time South Californian champion has a 26% win on thoroughbred horses. He is currently the holder for the Eclipse Award for outstanding jockey, winning it in 2021. Notable wins include the Dubai World Cup (2013), Churchill Downs Stakes (2022), and La Troienne Stakes (2022).
Jose Rosario, originally Dominican, has earned $11,869,965 in 2022 for his horse racing efforts across the world. The significant horses he’s raced on include the Blind Luck, Dancing in Skills and Jaywalk.
The Frenchman has a 26% win and notable highlights include winning the 2021 Preakness Stakes and the 2019 Kentucky Derby. Prat has had his wins at some Breeders’ Cup events including the Turf Sprint and Dirt Mile.
Flavien Prat has earned 10,830,828 for his efforts in the 2022 races and has 1249 career wins. Some famous horses that Prat has raced on include The Pizza Man, Bal a Bali, and Flightline.
Jose L Ortiz
Jockeying runs in the Ortiz family and Jose is the recent inductee to the racing culture. Jose L Ortiz has a 20% win this year. He burst to light after winning the Breeders Cup in 2016 just like his older brother Irad Ortiz Jr had won in 2009.
The breakthrough year for Ortiz was 2015 and up to now has earned $10,298,207. Jose L Ortiz won the 2022 Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of the Triple Crown race, recently on Early Voting. Notable horses Jose has jockeyed to win include Early Voting, Shaman Ghost and La Verdad.
Other jockeys with exceptional talent but not surpassing our top 5 in terms of earnings and wins include:
Luis Saez: 20% win
Dylan Davis: 20% win
Florent Geroux: 16% win
Manuel Franco: 19% win
Juan J. Hernandez: 23% win
The horses, jockeys and trainers must all harmonize to develop winning strategies. This list contains some of the best jockeys in 2022 who replicate their wins on different thoroughbreds. With every race the win percentage changes and we will keep you up to speed on any developments including a review of the recently concluded Belmont Stakes where Mo Donegal and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. won.