Irad Ortiz

Vyjack Back to Winning Ways in Kelso

Pick Six Racing’s Vyjack scored his first stakes victory in more than a year when he surged past pacesetter River Rocks to take the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park on Saturday. Going off at 9-1, Vyjack paid his backers $21.20. After setting brisk fractions, River Rocks finished second, a length behind the […]

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Annecdote Flies From Last to Take Noble Damsel

A slow start proved no problem for British invader Annecdote, who went from last to first to score her first American victory in the Grade 3, $200,000 Noble Damsel Handicap at Belmont Park on Saturday. On the front end, Byrama saw to setting the pace, fighting off an early challenge from Love Train to shake […]

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Irad Ortiz Jr. JockeyTalk360’s Jockey of the Week

Irad Ortiz Jr. won 12 races this week, including the Alydar Stakes at Saratoga to earn $631,017. The run of success made him the first repeat winner as the JockeyTalk360.com Jockey of the Week. The title goes to the week’s outstanding jockey in the opinion of a panel of industry experts. They looked at races […]

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Cavorting Skips Away in Adirondack

Three sensational debut winners at Belmont Park finished 1-2-3 in a loaded edition of the Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course, with the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Cavorting proving best by 1 ¾ lengths. Cavorting broke her maiden in gate-to-wire fashion by 11 lengths in a four-horse field on July 3 at Belmont […]

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Sweet Reason Best in Test

Sweet Reason emerged victorious from a four-horse scramble to the wire in the Grade 1, $500,000 Longines Test on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course, giving the Leah Gyarmati-trained filly her second consecutive Grade 1 victory and third overall. Owned by Treadway Racing Stable, Sweet Reason burst onto the sprint scene as a 2-year-old at Saratoga […]

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Big Trouble Up in Time to Win Sanford

Big Trouble rallied widest and emerged victorious from a four-horse scramble to the wire in the Grade 3, $150,000 Sanford on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. Trained by Tony Dutrow for Team D Stable, Big Trouble broke near the back of the eight-horse field and sat reserved in the early going as a three-ply battle […]

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Irad Ortiz Jr. Released From Hospital After Belmont Park Spill

Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. was released from North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset after tests revealed no broken bones as a result of being involved in a three-horse spill in the eighth race on Wednesday at Belmont Park. In the race, Ortiz’s mount, #3 Roses for Romney, was racing in fourth approaching the sixteenth pole […]

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Hot Stones Noses Out Merry Meadow in Bed O’ Roses

Hot Stones prevailed by a nose in a lengthy stretch battle with Merry Meadow to win the Grade 3, $150,000 Bed o’ Roses for fillies and mares, giving jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. his fifth and final victory on Saturday at Belmont Park. Stepping up in class and cutting back in distance off a second in […]

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Sweet Reason Sharp in Acorn Victory

Sweet Reason, winner of the Grade 1 Spinaway at Saratoga Race Course last summer, returned to form on Saturday at Belmont Park to take the Grade 1, $750,000 TVG Acorn by a half-length. Trained by Leah Gyarmati for Treadway Racing Stable, Sweet Reason showed great promise in her 2-year-old season. In addition to her Spinaway […]

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Ortiz Brothers Both Set to Ride in Kentucky Derby

When the starting gate opens for the 11th race on Saturday, May 3 at Churchill Downs, two young brothers from Puerto Rico will have realized a childhood dream: to ride in the Kentucky Derby. By doing so, jockeys Jose and Irad Ortiz, Jr. will join several sets of brothers to ride against each other in […]

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