Irad Ortiz

Franco Notches Third Consecutive NYRA Title At Aqueduct Spring Meet

Jockey Manny Franco won his third consecutive individual meet title, Rudy Rodriguez held on for the training crown and Repole Stable, Drawing Stable and Klaravich Stable each notched four wins to lead all owners for the 12-day spring meet at Aqueduct Racetrack that concluded with Saturday’s Closing Day. The meet, which started April 5 and […]

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Clint Maroon All The Way In Woodhaven

St. Elias Stables’ Clint Maroon set a moderate tempo en route to a gate-to-wire win in Saturday’s $100,000 Woodhaven, a 1/16-mile turf test for sophomores on Closing Day at Aqueduct Racetrack. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the gelded son of Oasis Dream broke sharply under jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. and set a leisurely opening quarter of […]

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Franco Will Be ‘More Relaxed’ In Second Derby Aboard Spinoff

At the very least, Kentucky Derby time will bolster jockey Manny Franco’s airline rewards account. The 24-year-old picked up the mount on the Todd Pletcher-trained Spinoff, who is pointing towards the “Run for the Roses” on May 4 at Churchill Downs. After riding a full card Thursday at Aqueduct, Franco traveled to the Sunshine State […]

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Early Jockey Changes: Santana On Plus Que Parfait, Irad Ortiz Picks Up Improbable

Several jockey changes for this year’s Kentucky Derby were announced by drf.com on Tuesday. First, Ricardo Santana Jr. will pick up the mount on UAE Derby winner Plus Que Parfait. In Dubai, the colt was ridden by Jose Ortiz, but Ortiz will retain the ride on Wood Memorial winner Tacitus. Arkansas Derby runner-up Improbable, ridden […]

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Plenty Of Grace Stakes: ‘Everything Went Perfect’ In Fifty Five’s Seasonal Debut

Peter Brant’s Fifty Five started her 2019 campaign in the same victorious fashion in which she ended 2018, surging in the stretch to overtake pacesetter Coffee Crush and outkicking Conquest Hardcandy to win the fifth running of the $100,000 Plenty of Grace by 1 3/4 lengths on Sunday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Fifty Five, making her […]

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Gulfstream Park Finish Leads To Jockey Of The Week Title For Irad Ortiz, Jr.

After earning his first Gulfstream Park Championship meet riding title, Irad Ortiz, Jr. was selected as Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for March 25-31, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders […]

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Record-Setting Win Win Win Seeking Crucial Derby Points In Blue Grass

Live Oak Plantation’s Win Win Win is preparing to hit the road again, this time heading west to Kentucky from his home base at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Maryland. “We are leaving tomorrow and should be there Wednesday morning,” trainer Mike Trombetta said Monday morning. The purpose of the trip is Saturday’s $1 […]

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Eclipse Champ Irad Ortiz Takes Gulfstream Title By One Win Over Defending Luis Saez

Reigning Eclipse Award champion Irad Ortiz Jr. claimed the 2018-2019 Championship Meet riding title at Gulfstream Park Sunday, prevailing over defending two-time titlist Luis Saez, 135-134. “It feels great. I got a lot of support from the owners and trainers and my agent, Jay Rushing, does a great job. I have no words for how […]

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Focus Group Gives Irad Ortiz Third Win On The Card In Pan American

Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence’s Focus Group, favored in his seasonal debut off a 24-week break between races, surged up the rail and got his nose down on the wire ahead of long shot Melmich to capture Saturday’s $250,000 Pan American (G2) at Gulfstream Park. The 58th running of the Pan American for 4-year-olds […]

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Santa Monica Goes Wide To Nail Ickymasho In Friday’s Orchid

R Unicorn Stable’s Santa Monica unleashed a five wide rally on the turn into the homestretch and just got up to prevail over Ickymasho by a head in Friday’s $100,000 Orchid at Gulfstream Park. The 55th running of the Orchid was one of three stakes that kicked off the weekend stakes action at Gulfstream Park, […]

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