The race for the Bill Shoemaker Award, given to the most outstanding jockey of the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park, will come down to a Saturday scramble.
The Shoemaker Award goes to the jockey who rides the most winners in the 14 Breeders' Cup World Championship races. Should there be a tie for most races won, the tiebreaker will be a 10-3-1 point system for second- through fourth-place finishes.
Five riders accounted for the five victories on Future Stars Friday starting with Irad Ortiz Jr.'s triumph on Four Wheel Drive in the Juvenile Turf Sprint and concluding with Flavien Prat's score on Storm the Court in the TVG Juvenile.
In between, Jose Ortiz won the Juvenile Turf presented by Coolmore America on Structor, Javier Castellano the Juvenile Fillies on British Idiom and Manny Franco on Sharing in the Juvenile Fillies Turf.
Of the winning riders, two posted runner-up finishes. Jose Ortiz was second on Chimney Rock in the Juvenile Turf Sprint and Prat was second on Donna Veloce in the Juvenile Filles.
The Shoemaker Award is named in honor of one of the greatest jockeys in the history of Thoroughbred racing. Shoemaker, who captured the Kentucky Derby four times, won more than 8,800 races in a career that spanned more than 40 years. In 1987, at age 56, Shoemaker won the Breeders' Cup Classic aboard Ferdinand at Hollywood Park.
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