Every month we’ll recognize the top performing jockey, trainer and horse for the month according to a totally arbitrary formula devised to award points for finishing in the money in graded stakes races.
Graded Stakes Points
Horse of the Month: Justwhistledixie
Honorable Mention: Einstein (BRZ)
Justwhistledixie’s two Grade 2 victories this month at Gulfstream Park (Davona Dale S. and Bonnie Miss S.) have vaulted her to the top of the list of contenders for the 2009 Kentucky Oaks.
Einstein (BRZ), a multiple Grade 1 winner on turf and a Grade 2 winner on dirt, scored a Grade 1 victory in the Big Cap (Santa Anita Handicap) over Santa Anita’s synthetic Pro-Ride surface.
Jockey of the Month: Garrett Gomez
Honorable mention: Julien Leparoux
Gomez picked up 3 wins, 2 seconds and 2 thirds in graded stakes this month. He also won the award in January and February and may end up winning every month this year.
Julien Leparoux also won 3 graded stakes this month, along with 2 seconds and 3 thirds. His wins included rides on Horse of the Month Justwhistledixie and Honorable Mention Einstein.
Trainer of the Month: Bobby Frankel
Honorable mention: Todd Pletcher
Frankel earned 3 graded stakes wins, along with 2 seconds and a third, highlighted by Stardom Bound’s fifth consecutive Grade 1 victory.
Todd Pletcher only won one graded race this month, but he earns the runner-up prize courtesy of 4 second place finishes in graded races.