Tyler Gaffalione won a remarkable seven races in a single race card to be named Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for July 3 – July 9, 2017. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. Jockey of the Week is sponsored by Animal Element’s Foundation Detox and Product X Performance Enhancer.
Jockey Tyler Gaffalione, leading jockey of the Gulfstream summer meet, extended his win tally by 10 races last week, including a seven-win day on July 4. Gaffalione’s seven wins tie the record for most wins on a single card at Gulfstream, set in 1995 by Jerry Bailey.
Gaffalione, a Florida native and third generation jockey, had a mount in each of the 11 races on the holiday card in Hallandale Beach. He began the day by winning three consecutive races aboard Break Away ($6.40) by a neck, Poopsie Doopsie ($12.00) by over four lengths, and Adorable Miss ($3.00) by three-quarters of a length in the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes.
After winning the fifth race by a neck with Perfect Tay ($6.60), Gaffalione returned to the winner’s circle with another set of three consecutive wins in the seventh through ninth races, with Sambrook Edge ($4.80) by a neck, and Insum Money ($9.80) and Stormin Charlotte ($6.40), each by a length and a half.
Gaffalione was never off the board for the entire race card – in his four non-winning mounts, he picked up two second-place finishes and two third-place finishes.
For the week, he was in the money on 57% of his starts, with a win rate of 33%. With his 10 wins, he has increased his 2017 total to 168 and his lifetime total wins to 621 in 3,872 starts.
Gaffalione was the seventh-highest jockey by earnings last week with $328,370 last week, bringing his 2017 total to $5,836,594. He is currently ranked 11th by earnings among all North American jockeys in 2017.