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.
“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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