jose ortiz

Electric Forest Splashes Home On Top In Doubledogdare

Stonestreet Stables’ Electric Forest took the lead shortly after the start and repelled a couple of surges from Go Google Yourself to win the 25th running of the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons-Baird Doubledogdare (G3) for fillies and mares by three-quarters of a length before a Friday afternoon crowd of 13,957 at Keeneland. Trained by Chad Brown […]

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‘He Will Be Better Next Time’: Ortiz High On Derby Chances For Tacitus

Jose Ortiz has ridden in the Kentucky Derby (G1) four times and came close to grabbing the roses last year when he was aboard champion Good Magic, who finished second to eventual Triple Crown winner Justify. This year, he is set to ride Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Tacitus, the leading point-earner on the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with […]

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The Future Is Here: University Of Kentucky Sports Medicine Program Will Help Jockeys Ride Safer, Better, Healthier

Any longtime rider of horses will tell you: It’s not a question of whether you will fall off but when. For jockeys, the question becomes not whether they’ll get hurt, but how badly (or for how long they’ll be out of the saddle, going without pay, while they recover). A new laboratory at the University […]

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Early Jockey Changes: Santana On Plus Que Parfait, Irad Ortiz Picks Up Improbable

Several jockey changes for this year’s Kentucky Derby were announced by drf.com on Tuesday. First, Ricardo Santana Jr. will pick up the mount on UAE Derby winner Plus Que Parfait. In Dubai, the colt was ridden by Jose Ortiz, but Ortiz will retain the ride on Wood Memorial winner Tacitus. Arkansas Derby runner-up Improbable, ridden […]

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Omaha Beach Holds Off Improbable In Arkansas Derby

Fox Hill Farm’s Omaha Beach got the jump on Improbable in the run down the backstretch under Mike Smith, then held off that rival to win Saturday’s $1-million, Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., by one length as the 8-5 favorite. Improbable, the second choice in the wagering in the […]

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Tacitus Proves His Mettle In Wood Memorial

Juddmonte homebred Tacitus put in a big effort in Saturday’s G2 Wood Memorial, out-finishing Withers winner Tax down the lane to win by 1 1/4 lengths. Favored at 5-2 in the field of 11 sophomores off his triumph in the Tampa Bay Derby, the Tapit colt completed nine furlongs over Aqueduct’s main track in 1:51.23. […]

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Ortiz Doubles Up As Plus Que Parfait Digs In For UAE Derby Triumph

Trainer Brendan Walsh made a radical decision when Plus Que Parfait didn’t fire in the G2 Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 16, moving the 3-year-old from the Fair Grounds to South Florida. He began planning a trip to Dubai for the son of Point of Entry, and on Saturday the Imperial Racing-owned ridgling delivered a […]

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Coal Front Gives Pletcher, Ortiz First Dubai Winners In Godolphin Mile

It was Jose Ortiz’ first-ever start on Dubai World Cup night, and he had a tough task with the 12th post position in the Group 2 Godolphin Mile. Riding Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners’ Coal Front, Ortiz was pushed four-wide down the backstretch and was still wide around the turn, but the pair […]

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Rider Changes: Jose Ortiz Picks Up Improbable, Instagrand To Be Piloted By Prat

A pair of Kentucky Derby hopefuls will be piloted by new jockeys in their next starts, reports drf.com. Improbable, most recently a narrow second in the G2 Rebel under Drayden Van Dyke, will now be ridden by Jose Ortiz. The Bob Baffert trainee is expected to make his next start in the G1 Arkansas Derby on […]

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Tacitus ‘Stepped Up To The Plate’ At Tampa; Trio Of Final Prep Options On The Table

With his upset victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby, 3-year-old colt Tacitus vaulted into a tie for third place in the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” standings with 50 points, assuring his eligibility for the 145th Run for the Roses on May 4 at Churchill Downs. Under jockey Jose Ortiz, […]

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