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Cluster of Stars, Patricia Purdy Earn Top Honors from NY Thoroughbred Breeders

Cluster of Stars, an undefeated multiple Grade 2 winner for Harvey Weinstein’s Turtle Bird Stable, was voted the 2013 New York-Bred Horse of the Year. Honors for the year’s top New York breeder went to Patricia S. Purdy of Ivy League Farm in Ithaca, who bred London Bridge, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Marathon and […]

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Teen Pauline Rides Rail in Top Flight Romp

Teen Pauline remained perfect on the inner track with another front-running score, this time in the Grade 2, $200,000 Top Flight Handicap on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. The 4-year-old daughter of Tapit stumbled a bit coming out of the gate, but quickly gathered herself and assumed her customary position on the lead. After setting fractions […]

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Noble Moon Looks Convincing in Jerome Victory

Noble Moon, making his first start around two turns, sat off just the early pace, took the lead on the backstretch, and repelled multiple bids en route to a two-length victory over Classic Giacnroll in the 144th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Jerome for 3-year-olds on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. After racing in second […]

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Affectionately Gives Tapit Filly Teen Pauline First Black Type Win

Teen Pauline took the lead coming out of the gate and never looked back as she cruised to an easy 4 ¾-length victory in Wednesday’s $100,000 Affectionately, the New Year’s Day co-feature at Aqueduct Racetrack. Under Irad Ortiz, Jr., the 4-year-old Tapit filly set moderate fractions of 24.49, 49.21 and 1:14.04 with Street Secret, Centring […]

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Ortiz Rides Five Winners at Aqueduct

Irad Ortiz, Jr. rode five winners at Aqueduct Racetrack on Friday afternoon to move into second place in the jockey standings for the fall meet. The 21-year-old native of Trujillo, Puerto Rico, finished second with his first mount, then won with his next two, taking the second race with Bird House ($4) and the third […]

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Adding Extra Speed to the Drive-Though: Jockeys Hand Out Coffee for Charity

Three of the top jockeys at Saratoga Race Course surprised guests at the Dunkin’ Donuts at 207 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs, NY, by filling orders and handing out prizes at the drive-thru window and register earlier this week. John Velazquez, Javier Castellano and Irad Ortiz, Jr. surprised guests with Clubhouse tickets to Saratoga Race […]

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King Kreesa Deals Front-Running Win in Poker

King Kreesa enjoyed an uncontested lead as he went wire-to-wire under Irad Ortiz, Jr. to capture Thursday’s 28th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Poker, the Independence Day feature at Belmont Park. First out of the gate, the 4-year-old New York-bred rolled through an opening quarter-mile in 23.81 seconds and a half in 47.19 over […]

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Swagger Jack Holds Off Fast-Closing Sahara Sky in Carter Handicap

Given a perfectly timed ride by Irad Ortiz, Jr., Swagger Jack reaped the benefits of a hot pace and got the jump on a fast-closing Sahara Sky to win the 113th running of the Grade 1, $400,000 Carter Handicap for older sprinters on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Swagger Jack bided his time in fifth as […]

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Ortiz brothers win seven of nine races on Aqueduct’s Sunday card

Apprentice jockey Jose Ortiz won the first three races and Irad Ortiz, Jr. took races 4-7 to give the Ortiz brothers a sweep of the first seven races on Sunday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Through Sunday’s nine-race card, Jose leads the Aqueduct inner track standings with 40 wins, seven more than his older brother, who is second. Jose, […]

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Ortiz brothers making names for themselves in New York

Aqueduct Race Course during the winter months can be a cold, harsh place. Two jockeys looking to heat things up this winter are Irad Ortiz, Jr., and his younger brother, Jose. Twenty-year-old Irad, already somewhat of a veteran on the New York circuit, made a name for himself over the summer, as he piloted the […]

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