Jose Ortiz Back In Action Saturday After Recovery From Broken Wrist

by | 03.12.2020 | 6:19pm
Jose Ortiz

Having made a rapid recovery from a fractured right wrist through intensive therapy, jockey Jose Ortiz will make a return to action Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

The 26-year-old rider has accepted three mounts on Saturday's 12-race program, including Eddie Kenneally-trained Lady Kate in the $150,000 Hurricane Bertie (G3), a seven-furlong spring for fillies and mares carded as the Race 11 feature.

Ortiz underwent blood flow restriction therapy at a Miami center that also treats professional basketball and football players, which he credits with being able to make a quick return to riding.

“It was a small fracture. I never stopped working out,” Ortiz said. “I thank God and I thank my doctors that I'm back.”

Ortiz injury his wrist Feb. 22 while being unseated by first-time starter Atone in the post parade for Race 3, falling awkwardly while maintaining a tight hold of the reins. He went ahead and rode the fractious Atone to a sixth-place finish before taking off his remaining mounts and getting his wrist x-rayed.

Ortiz, who won the 2017 Eclipse Award as North America's top jockey and younger brother of reigning two-time Eclipse champion Irad Ortiz Jr., is also named to ride Rodolphe Brisset-trained Extraordinary in a Race 8 maiden special weight race and Brendan Walsh-trained Valdolobo in a Race 9 claiming event.

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