Irad Ortiz

‘She’s Still Learning’: Magic Star Wins Stakes Debut In Marshua’s River

Don Alberto Stable’s Magic Star made up for a lack of experience with an abundance of talent Saturday at Gulfstream Park, where the 4-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy made a victorious stakes debut in the $150,000 Marshua’s River (G3). The Marshua’s River, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for older fillies and mares, co-headlined Saturday’s program […]

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Voting Now Open For 2019 NTRA Moment Of The Year In Horse Racing

Fourteen of the most memorable, significant and reflective events from the last 12 months of Thoroughbred racing are up for the 2019 NTRA Moment of the Year, a distinction determined by fan voting and recognized at The Eclipse Awards. Voting is now open on the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) website, NTRA.com, and via Twitter, […]

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Commentary: ‘Uncalled For’ Jockeys’ Actions At Gulfstream ‘A Bad Look’ For Racing

Saturday’s final race at Gulfstream Park caused a bit of social media uproar, based on the actions of jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. in the H. Allen Jerkens Stakes. The elder Ortiz brother, riding Carom, appeared to box in along the rail Paco Lopez on Shazier near the quarter pole, enabling his younger brother, Jose Ortiz, […]

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Dennis’ Moment Returns To Romans’ Barn At Gulfstream Park

Promising 2-year-old Dennis’ Moment has returned from his winter vacation and is back in trainer Dale Romans’ care. Jason Loutsch, racing manager for the Albaugh Family Stables, Tweeted a photo of the Tiznow colt upon his arrival at Gulfstream Park. Plans call for Dennis’ Moment to make his 2020 debut in the G2 Fountain of […]

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Instilled Regard Takes Fort Lauderdale Off The Layoff

OXO Equine’s Instilled Regard, a graded-stakes winner on dirt as a 3-year-old, matched the feat on turf before the end of his 4-year-old season thanks to a heady ride from reigning Eclipse Award winner Irad Ortiz Jr. in Saturday’s $200,000 Fort Lauderdale (G2) at Gulfstream Park. The 63rd running of the 1 1/8-mile Fort Lauderdale […]

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Irad Ortiz, Jr. Repeats As 2019 Turf Jockey Of The Year

2018 Turf Jockey of the Year Irad Ortiz, Jr. has defended his title to earn Turf Jockey of the Year for 2019, sponsored by Duralock. The award is voted on by a panel of industry experts who select a Jockey of the Week for JockeyTalk360.com based on weekly riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ […]

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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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