Irad Ortiz

Four Wheel Drive Powers Home On Top In Futurity

Sent off as the overwhelming 4-5 post-time favorite, Breeze Easy LLC’s Four Wheel Drive powered by the competition to win Sunday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Futurity at Belmont Park and earn an all-expenses paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint on November 1 at Santa Anita Park. Breaking alertly from post 4 with Irad […]

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No Plans To Appeal Jockey Club Gold Cup Decision; Vino Rosso Headed To Classic

Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable’s Vino Rosso nosed out Code of Honor in Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park, but was demoted to second following a stewards’ inquiry and jockey’s claim of foul by Hall of Famer John Velazquez. The pacesetting Vino Rosso, with Irad Ortiz, Jr. up, was […]

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Code Of Honor Takes Jockey Club Gold Cup Via Disqualification

W.S. Farish’s homebred Code of Honor scored his second Grade 1 win in a row this Saturday, albeit via disqualification. The 3-year-old son of Noble Mission, ridden by John Velazquez for trainer Shug McGaughey, will be listed as the official winner of the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup after first-place finisher, Vino Rosso, was taken […]

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Structor Gets The Job Done In Pilgrim

Jeff Drown and Don Rachel’s Structor captured Saturday’s Grade 3 Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont Park, taking a bit of a wide trip throughout and holding on to win by about a head on the wire. The juvenile son of Palace Malice, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. for trainer Chad Brown, ran 1 1/16 miles over […]

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Math Wizard Springs 31-1 Upset In Pennsylvania Derby

Saffie Joseph, Jr. is well aware of what it means to win his first Grade 1 race in North America. The Barbados native had a lot of success in his home country, becoming the youngest trainer ever to saddle a Triple Crown winner at the age of 22. Ten years later, co-owner Joseph sent out […]

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Cleon Jones Nails Photo Finish In Bertram F. Bongard

Gold Square’s Cleon Jones, the 6-1 fourth choice in a field of five, prevailed in a three-way photo finish to capture Friday’s $150,000 Bertram F. Bongard, a seven-furlong sprint for New York-bred juveniles at Belmont Park. Trained by Jeremiah Englehart, who also saddled 3-2 mutuel second-choice Moonachie, Cleon Jones settled in fourth position under Irad […]

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Graded Stakes Triple Nets Irad Ortiz Jockey Of The Week Title

With more stakes wins than any other jockey, Irad Ortiz, Jr. was voted Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for September 9-16, 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 in North America. […]

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Irad Ortiz Doubles Up As Abscond Nails Natalma Photo

Apogee Bloodstock and Mike Anderson Racing’s Abscond was all heart in Sunday’s Grade 1 Natalma Stakes, rallying between rivals in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the three-way photo by a nose. The 2-year-old daughter of Blame, ridden by Irad Ortiz for his second Grade 1 win on the card, covered a mile […]

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Decorated Invader Overcomes Slow Start To Win Summer Stakes

West Point Thoroughbreds, William Freeman and William Sandbrook’s Decorated Invader proved a deserving 2-1 favorite in Sunday’s Grade 1 Summer Stakes, overcoming a slow start and rallying the stretch to win by about two lengths. The 2-year-old son of Declaration of War, ridden by Irad Ortiz for trainer Christophe Clement, covered a mile over Woodbine’s […]

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