It was another great year in thoroughbred racing and another year where big data and advanced metrics took further hold in front offices across American sports. Readers of this post likely know that this approach to thoroughbred handicapping arrived a few years ago when Betmix was launched.
The Angler interface is where Betmix users can run their own queries of the vast Betmix database. We decided to use the database to see how jockeys performed in 2018 Stakes races, on dirt and turf, and at varying distances. But first we wanted to take a look at the overall North American Stakes landscape in 2018 compared with 2017:
Anecdotally we know that turf sprint racing in on the rise in North America and our query bears that out. There were 20 more turf sprint stakes run in 2018 than in 2017, an increase of 14%.
So which jockeys performed best in these six Stakes race categories? The visuals below provide the answers.
Jockeys by Wins in 2018 Dirt Sprint Stakes (4F - 7.5F)
Jockeys by Wins in 2018 Dirt Middle Distance Stakes (8F - 9F)
Jockeys by Wins in 2018 Dirt Distance Stakes (9.5F +)
Jockeys by Wins in 2018 Turf Sprints (4F - 7.5F)
Jockeys by Wins in 2018 Turf Middle Distance (8F - 9F)
Jockeys by Wins in 2018 Turf Distance (9.5F +)
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