Irad Ortiz

Kukulkan Delivers Popular Victory In Copa Confraternidad

Cuadra San Jorge’s Kukulkan was a popular and powerful winner in his return to Gulfstream Park, getting a well-timed ride from Irad Ortiz Jr. and dominating his four rivals with a six-length victory in Sunday’s $100,000 Copa Confraternidad del Caribe. The 1 ¼-mile Copa Confraternidad was the first of four supporting stakes on a Clasico […]

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Chad Brown, Irad Ortiz Top Fall Meet Titles At Aqueduct

Chad Brown led all trainers with 17 victories and jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. earned another riding title with 29 wins as the 25-day fall meet at Aqueduct Racetrack concluded following Sunday’s live race card. Drawing Away Stable notched two wins on Closing Day, tying Klaravich Stables with nine wins apiece to share the top spot […]

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Irad Ortiz Riding High Heading Into Gulfstream Championship Meet

Irad Ortiz Jr. both started and ended a career year at Gulfstream Park in 2018, one where he was recognized with his first Eclipse Award as North America’s leading rider. As Gulfstream prepares to open its 2019-2020 Championship Meet, the nation’s premier winter Thoroughbred meet which begins its 89-day stand Friday, Ortiz is poised to […]

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Vino Rosso Pulls Clear Late In Injury-Marred Breeders’ Cup Classic; Mongolian Groom Euthanized

Mike Repole and Vincent Viola’s Vino Rosso came away triumphant in Saturday’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., racing away from 5-2 favorite McKinzie in the stretch to win by 4 1/4 lengths on the wire. It was the fourth Breeders’ Cup victory this weekend for jockey Irad Ortiz, […]

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Bricks And Mortar Bolsters Horse Of The Year Credentials In Breeders’ Cup Turf

Seth Klarman and William Lawrence’s Bricks and Mortar turned in a performance that could secure him the Horse of the Year title in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Turf. Sent off as the even-money favorite in the field of 12 despite trying the 1 1/2-mile distance for the first time in his career, the 5-year-old son of […]

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Spun To Run Leads All The Way In Dirt Mile; Omaha Beach Second

Robert P. Donaldson’s Parx-based Spun To Run grabbed the lead at the start and never relinquished it on Saturday, winning the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at odds of 9-1. Fan-favorite Omaha Beach, the even-money choice in the race, rallied from well of the pace but couldn’t catch the winner, finishing second by 2 […]

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‘He’ll Be Back’: Dennis’ Moment Deemed Okay After Stumbling Start In Juvenile

While the gut punch of the outcome was still being felt among his connections, Dennis’ Moment was reported to be in good order after stumbling badly at the break en route to finishing last as the favorite in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. The son of Tiznow went to his knees out of gate under […]

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Four Wheel Drive Gives American Pharoah First Breeders’ Cup Winner In Juvenile Turf Sprint

Breeze Easy’s Four Wheel Drive became champion American Pharoah’s first Breeders’ Cup winner at stud on Friday, leading all the way in the Juvenile Turf Sprint to kick off the World Championships. The Wesley Ward-trained 2-year-old colt was favored at 3-2 in the 12-horse field, and completed five furlongs in 55.66 seconds over Santa Anita’s […]

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Classic Notes: Santana To Ride Math Wizard, Owendale ‘Awesome’ In Final Breeze

Pennsylvania Derby (G1) winner Math Wizard breezed five furlongs at Gulfstream Park Saturday morning three days before he is scheduled to ship to Southern California for a start in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita Nov. 2. The Saffie Joseph-trained son of Algorithms covered the distance in 1:02.32 over a muddy […]

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Pletcher: Classic Contender Vino Rosso ‘Thriving’ At Belmont

With one week remaining until the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park from November 1 – 2, conditioner Todd Pletcher oversaw the final major preparations on Friday morning at the Belmont Park training track before the contingent travels west on Monday. Headed towards the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, 4-year-old Vino Rosso […]

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