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Jose Ortiz Back In The Winner’s Circle With First Mount Since Wrist Injury

Out of action since Feb. 22 due to a wrist injury, jockey Jose Ortiz didn’t take long to return to his winning ways, scoring aboard his first mount back Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Ortiz guided Extraordinary ($7) to a dominating 6 ¼-length victory in Race 8, a mile maiden special weight race for 3-year-olds. “It’s […]

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Jose Ortiz Back In Action Saturday After Recovery From Broken Wrist

Having made a rapid recovery from a fractured right wrist through intensive therapy, jockey Jose Ortiz will make a return to action Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The 26-year-old rider has accepted three mounts on Saturday’s 12-race program, including Eddie Kenneally-trained Lady Kate in the $150,000 Hurricane Bertie (G3), a seven-furlong spring for fillies and mares […]

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Independence Hall To Target Florida Derby After Saturday Breeze

Independence Hall, who suffered his first career loss in the Sam F. Davis (G3) Feb. 8, is being pointed to make his next start in the $1 million Curlin Florida Derby (G1) March 28 at Gulfstream Park. Aron Wellman, managing partner of co-owner Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, said Sunday that after talking with trainer Mike Trombetta, […]

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Jockeys Luca Panici, Jose Ortiz To Miss Several Weeks With Fractured Collarbone, Wrist

Jockeys Luca Panici and Jose Ortiz will be sidelined for several weeks. Panici, who rode Sole Volante to victory in the Sam F. Davis (G3) and Ete Indien to a second-place finish behind Tiz the Law in the Holy Bull (G3), is expected to miss several weeks due to a fractured collarbone suffered Friday afternoon […]

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Derby Hopeful Independence Hall Among The Horses ‘Testing The Waters’ Saturday At Tampa Bay

Unbeaten Independence Hall drew the No. 4 post position for Saturday’s Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes, the centerpiece of Festival Preview Day 40 at Tampa Bay Downs. Eight 3-year-old Thoroughbreds are entered in the Sam F. Davis, a mile-and-a-sixteenth race on the main track. The Sam F. Davis is part of the “Road to […]

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Independence Hall Nears Perfection In His Final Work Before Tampa’s Sam F. Davis

Perfection is difficult to achieve on the racetrack, so trainer Michael Trombetta settled for the next-best thing this morning in Independence Hall’s final workout for Saturday’s Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes. “He kicked on nice. I’m very happy with the breeze,” Trombetta said after his assistant, Sarah Shaffer, worked the 3-year-old colt in […]

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Undefeated Independence Hall Expected To Headline Saturday’s Sam F. Davis Stakes

Unbeaten 3-year-old Independence Hall is expected to be the headliner on next Saturday’s Festival Preview Day card at Tampa Bay Downs. The stakes-laden program consists of three graded events, topped by the 40th edition of the Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes for 3-year-olds, which is a “Road to the Kentucky Derby” points race. […]

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Pink Sands Circles Field For Inside Information Victory

Gainesway Stable and Andrew Rosen’s Pink Sands may have been last of the 12-horse field down the backstretch, but the 5-year-old daughter of Tapit ran down all of her rivals to win Saturday’s Grade 2 Inside Information Stakes by about three lengths. Ridden by Jose Ortiz for trainer Shug McGaughey, Pink Sands was sent to […]

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2019 By The Numbers: North American Horse Racing’s First $30-Million Earners

Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. and trainer Chad Brown became North American racing’s first $30-million men in 2019, setting earnings records in their respective categories, based on Equibase statistics. Brown was leading North American trainer by money won for the fourth consecutive year, saddling earners of $31,112,144 and winning 222 races from 823 starts in 2019.  […]

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