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Tuesday, March 31, 1992 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Longacres' Top Jockeys At A Glance

Quick - name the last year Longacres boasted a tight race for winningest jockey entering the final month of the season.

It's been 11 years since Jody Davidson (80 winners) edged Larry Pierce (76), Troy Grissom (73) and Gary Baze (72), for the 1981 riding title.

Since then, one jockey has run away with the title each year. Gary Boulanger amassed 637 victories to win the past three championships. Vicky Aragon won the title in '86 and '88. Chris Lamance picked up the '87 crown. Gary Baze took the '82 and '85 crowns. Gary Stevens steamrolled to the '83 and '84 championships.

Since Boulanger decided to ride in California this summer, and contender Tim Camargo, who was first 58 times last year, is riding in Oklahoma, the jockey race appears wide open.

Here's a look at the top riders:

GARY BAZE -- LAST YEAR - 101 winners, 751 mounts, 13.4 percent. -- NOTES - Won Longacres riding titles in his first three years ('73-'75). Has won six. Finished first an all-time-high 1,513 times at Longacres, including 98 stakes victories. Won four Longacres Miles ('87, Judge Angelucci; '85, Chum Salmon; '80 and '81, Trooper Seven). -- LIFETIME THROUGH 1991 - Mounts: 17,194. Wins: 2,521. Earnings: $18,811,133.

CHRIS LAMANCE -- LAST YEAR - 86 winners, 689 mounts, 12.5 percent. -- NOTES - Captured 1987 riding crown with 141 victories. Finished third last year after not riding in 1990 to compete in rodeo and team roping. In three full seasons of riding here ('87, '89 and '91), he has 16 stakes victories. -- LIFETIME THROUGH 1991 - Mounts: 12,794. Wins: 1,571. Earnings: $15,312,612.

LUIS JAUREGUI -- LAST YEAR - 72 winners, 539 mounts, 13.4 percent -- NOTES - More than doubled his 1990 output of 35 winners. Rode Run Away Stevie to an 11-length romp in the $121,000 Longacres Lassie Stakes. -- LIFETIME THROUGH 1991 - Mounts: 2,254. Wins: 204. Earnings: $1,867,787.

VANN BELVOIR -- LAST YEAR - 70 winners, 529 mounts, 13.2 percent. -- NOTES - Has 187 victories over his first two seasons, second only to Gary Boulanger the past two years. The Belvoir, 18, has finished in the top five both times. -- LIFETIME THROUGH DEC. 31, 1991 - Mounts: 2,143. Wins: 297. Earnings: $2,890,288.

VICKY ARAGON -- LAST YEAR - 66 winners, 529 mounts, 12.5 percent. -- NOTES - She's been aboard 695 Longacres winners since 1985, the most of any rider. The only woman to win Longacres riding title, accomplishing it in '86 and '88. Recently won Yakima Meadows jockey crown with 99 winners. -- LIFETIME THROUGH 1991 - Mounts: 6,608. Wins: 1,002. Earnings: $7,015,860.

FRANK BEST -- LAST YEAR - 48 winners, 377 mounts, 12.7 percent. -- NOTES - The 37-year-old has 600 career victories since he began riding at Longacres as an apprentice in 1972, including 20 lifetime stakes. Guided Pappy to a photo-finish victory over Loto Canada in the 1980 Longacres Derby. -- LIFETIME THROUGH 1991 - Mounts: 13,331. Wins: 1,661. Earnings: $6,536,484.

FRANK GONSALVES -- LAST YEAR - 48 winners, 526 mounts, 9.1 percent. -- NOTES - Had biggest year in 1989, winning 115 races, including six stakes. Also won six races on one card with only seven mounts. Ranks 16th all-time with 22 career stakes victories. -- LIFETIME THROUGH 1991 - Mounts: 8,266. Wins: 937. Earnings: $4,537,629.

TIM DOOCY -- LAST YEAR - Newcomer. -- NOTES - The 36-year-old arrived from Northern California, where he finished second to Russell Baze in '87 and '88 at Bay Meadows. Won Ak-Sar-Ben (Neb.) riding titles in '84, '86 and '87. -- LIFETIME THROUGH MARCH 22 - Mounts: 17,057. Wins: 2,230. Earnings: $21,682,958.

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