Five days after celebrating his 23rd birthday, jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. extended his lead in the meet standings by riding five winners Sunday at Saratoga Race Course.
It was the fourth career five-win day in New York for Ortiz and the first at Saratoga since Javier Castellano on September 2, 2013. Ortiz also had five wins at Aqueduct in January and November of 2013, and December 2012.
Ortiz won with five of nine mounts on Sunday's 10-race program: Andalusite ($10.40) in the first race, Drama King ($7.90) in the third, Unbridled Daddy ($6.20) in the fourth, Fundamental ($7.30) in the seventh and Ack Naughty ($3.50) in the eighth. Fundamental and Ack Naughty are both trained by Chad Brown.
Through 21 of 40 racing days, Ortiz holds a seven-win edge over two-time defending Saratoga riding champion Castellano, 34-27, while Velazquez sits third with 26.
The leading rider on the New York Racing Association circuit in 2014 with 278 winners, Ortiz is seeking his fifth meet riding title and first at Saratoga. He is named in seven of nine flat races Monday, including Carameaway in the featured $100,000 Saratoga Dew.
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