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Irad Ortiz Jr. Pads Aqueduct Lead With Five-Win Day On Holiday Card

Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., leading rider at the Big A fall meet, rode five winners from seven mounts on Monday’s Veterans Day card, including a sweep of the Late Pick 3 at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, N.Y. Ortiz, Jr., who was recently named the winner of the 17th Bill Shoemaker Award, given annually to […]

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Select Sales Agency Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Not All Are Lonely At The Top After Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup weekend has a way of swinging the American Graded Stakes Standings in one of two directions: It either throws the rankings into chaos after the right connections get hot over a pair of graded stakes-filled cards, or it confirms the leaders that were in place when the weekend began. With the 2019 […]

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Irad Ortiz, Jr. Wins Bill Shoemaker Award Second Straight Year For Breeders’ Cup Wins

Irad Ortiz Jr. won the 17th Annual Bill Shoemaker Award, given to the most outstanding jockey in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships hosted by Santa Anita Park. The Shoemaker Award goes to the jockey who won the most races in the 14 World Championships races and Ortiz, the Shoemaker Award winner last year at […]

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Five-Way Tie At The Top In Race For Breeders’ Cup Shoemaker Award

The race for the Bill Shoemaker Award, given to the most outstanding jockey of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park, will come down to a Saturday scramble. The Shoemaker Award goes to the jockey who rides the most winners in the 14 Breeders’ Cup World Championship races. Should there be a tie […]

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Irad Ortiz Jr. Suspended During Breeders’ Cup Week But Will Not Miss World Championships

Top rider Irad Ortiz Jr. has been suspended three days for a disqualification at Keeneland and will serve those days leading up to the Breeders’ Cup, reports the Daily Racing Form. However, Ortiz will be available to ride during the 36th running of the World Championships Nov. 1 and 2 at Santa Anita. Ortiz’s suspension came […]

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After Jaunt To Ascot, Karak Is Back And Has Eyes On G3 Matron

Trainer Wesley Ward’s Karak will headline a field of six juvenile fillies in the Grade 3, $150,000 Matron going six furlongs on turf Saturday at Belmont Park. The Matron will join a stacked undercard on the first day of the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Racing Festival, which will feature four ‘Win and You’re In’ qualifiers […]

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‘He Really Gives His All’: Imperial Hint Headlines Vosburgh Stakes

Raymond Mamone’s multiple graded-stakes winner Imperial Hint will look to defend his title in Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Vosburgh for 3-year-olds and up at Belmont Park. Imperial Hint, trained by Luis Carvajal, Jr., is set to make his first start since a track record-setting performance in the G1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt on July 27 at […]

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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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Fire Key Looks To Unlock Victory In Smart N Fancy Stakes At Saratoga

Backwards Stable’s Fire Key will look to capture her second stakes win of the year in New York, headlining a field of nine in the $100,000 Smart N Fancy Stakes going 5 1/2 furlongs on the Mellon turf Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. A New York-bred 6-year-old daughter of Friesan Fire, Fire Key joined the […]

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Irad Ortiz Jr. Bags Five Winners On Saratoga Card

Irad Ortiz, Jr. notched the first five-win day by any jockey during the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course, going 5-for-7 on his mounts on Wednesday. Ortiz, Jr. started the day in fifth in the jockey standings but quickly moved up, riding Team Win (No. 5, $9.10 on a $2 win wager) in the opening […]

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