With more wins than any other jockey last week, Arnaldo Bocachica was voted jockey of the Week for October 5 thru October 11. The award, which is voted on by a panel of racing industry experts, is for jockeys who are members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 active riders in the United States as well as retired and permanently disabled jockeys.
Bocachica led all North American jockeys with 10 wins from 20 mounts. The Puerto Rican native started his winning week on Thursday with five victories at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town, his home track. He continued his winning hand on Friday with two victories. Bocachica topped off his week on Saturday night by winning three stakes races during the West Virginia Breeders’ Classics, the biggest night for West Virginia bred horses. He won the West Virginia Tourism Stakes with Star of the Night ($2.40), the West Virginia Triple Crown Stakes aboard That Kenney Kid ($6.40) and the West Virginia Thoroughbred Breeders Association Breeders’ Classic Stakes with Penguin Power ($2.40). He also finished third in the West Virginia Vincent Moscarelli Memorial Breeders’ Classic with Pilot in Command all for leading trainer Jeff Runco.
In addition to a 50% win percentage, fan favorite Bocachica also hit the board with 65% of his mounts and accumulated $190,380 in purse earnings. He currently sits atop the jockey standings at Charles Town by a wide margin with 136 victories and more than $2.3 million in purses.