Irad Ortiz

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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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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Strapping Groom Gets the Job Done in Tom Fool

In four previous stakes victories, Strapping Groom had set or pressed the pace. On Saturday, the 7-year-old used a new strategy when he made up a two-length deficit to win Aqueduct Racetrack’s Grade 3, $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap for sprinters 3-years-old and up. Strapping Groom, who had won Saratoga Race Course’s Grade 1 Forego in […]

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Irad Ortiz rides five winners at Aqueduct

Aqueduct Racetrack continues to be the domain of the Ortiz brothers, with 20-year-old Irad, the older sibling, winning five races on Saturday.   After finishing third in race 1, Ortiz won race 2 with Long River ($2.50), race 3 with Lady Gracenote ($8.40), and race 4 with Lisalisalee ($4.80). Aqueduct Racetrack continues to be the […]

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Ortiz cleared to ride in Alabama after gate injury

Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. was released from Saratoga Hospital Friday afternoon after injuring his right ankle in the starting gate prior to the third race. According to the New York Racing Association’s jockey advocate, Oritz’s X-rays came back negative and the jockey is cleared to ride in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) aboard Questing. […]

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