2020 analytics say these are North America's top 20 jockeys

2020 analytics say these are North America's top 20 jockeys
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Bettors put their money in the hands of jockeys every time they place a wager. This is why they are among the most scrutinized parts of the racing industry.

Ranking the best jockeys can be extremely subjective. Depending on who you ask and their history with betting on the rider, a given jockey could be in one person's top 10 and another person's bottom 10.

By factoring in earnings, wins, win percentage and in-the-money percentage, HRN has complied a list of the 20 most reliable jockeys of 2020. Only jockeys winning at 15 percent or higher with earnings topping $2 million were considered.

 Jockey

Earnings (millions) 

Wins Win % ITM %Dirt %Turf % Stakes   %
Irad    Ortiz Jr. $19.7269235625 2223
Flavien Prat $10.918424 57 23 2526
Luis Saez $15.52351949 20 1819
 Joel Rosario  $17.0  1801953 20 1818
Tyler Gaffalione $14.52382049 19 2115
Florent Geroux $13.6140194320 16 19
 Jose   Ortiz $13.01771950 18 1912
John Velazquez$13.7  941544 18 1210
Umberto  Rispoli     $6.612220 50   13   24  18
Javier Castellano $12.5108175017 17 17
Juan Hernandez   $5.519123 56  27 14 11
Paco Lopez    $7.0 177 1951 19 19 20
Pablo Morales   $2.615025 56  26 25 12
 Ricardo Santana Jr.$11.91671744 19   9 16
Emisael Jaramillo  $6.5 189 1743  18  1521
Mike Smith   $4.5  451947  25  15 16
 Edgard  Zayas   $6.42071745 17  16 14
 David Cabrera  $4.32102056 22 13 18
 Manny Franco$11.513215 42   18     8  13
Jose  Lezcano    $7.31111648 17  15  14

It important to note that some jockeys are much better on turf than they are on dirt and vice-versa.

Best bets on dirt

Juan Hernandez - 27%

Pablo Morales - 26%

Irad Ortiz Jr. - 25%

Mike Smith - 25%

Best bets on turf

Flavien Prat - 25%

Pablo Morales - 25%

Umberto Rispoli - 24%

Irad Ortiz Jr. - 22%

Biggest surface differences

Juan Hernandez - 13% better on dirt

Umberto Rispoli - 11% better on turf

Ricardo Santana Jr. - 10% better on dirt

Manny Franco - 10% better on dirt

Mike Smith - 10% better on dirt

Best bets in stakes races

Flavien Prat - 26%

Irad Ortiz Jr. - 23%

Emisael Jaramillo - 21%

Paco Lopez - 20%

Best ROI among those listed

Umberto Rispoli: - 0.03

Juan Hernandez: - 0.03

Jose Lezcano: - 0.08

Pablo Morales: - 0.10

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