Heading South For The Winter: Irad Ortiz Jr. To Ride At Gulfstream Park

by | 01.02.2018 | 10:23am
Irad Ortiz celebrates his win in the Saratoga Special aboard Copper Bullet

After several days of dealing with frigid temperatures and weather-related cancellations at Aqueduct, jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. has decided to move his tack to Gulfstream Park for the winter.

The Daily Racing Form reports that Ortiz is listed on four mounts on Gulfstream's Friday program.

“Irad had originally considered riding at Gulfstream this winter before finally deciding to stay home again this year,” his agent, Steve Rushing told the Form. “But a combination of the extreme cold weather, with no relief in sight, and recent cancellations led to the decision to come down earlier than we'd planned.”

Ortiz had originally planned to ride at Gulfstream beginning in March.

“It's probably going to take a little time to work back in, since a lot of the calls in the current condition book have already been given out,” Rushing said. “But we picked up four calls for Friday's card, and it seems like a lot of our regular clients are very happy to hear he'll be down here on a regular basis.”

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