Latest Irad Ortiz Jr. News

Riding spill painful for jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., plus costly

Jun. 05, 2021 20:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A nasty fall riding in a race earlier this week not only sidelined jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., it proved costly on Saturday's Belmont Stakes card. Ortiz had to take off all 12 of his mounts because of his injuries, including a ride on Known Agenda in the $1.5...

The Latest: Essential Quality rallies to win Belmont Stakes

Jun. 05, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Belmont Stakes (all times local): 6:55 p.m. Essential Quality wore down pacesetter Hot Rod Charlie in the stretch and crossed the finish line first in the Belmont Stakes. The win was the sixth...

Analysis: A lot of second chances at play in the Belmont

Jun. 05, 2021 10:00 AM EDT

The Belmont Stakes is the third leg of the Triple Crown, yet for many on Saturday it represents a second chance. First, it’s a first step for racing on what will be a long trip to escape yet another cloud. The news earlier this week of Churchill Downs suspending Bob...

Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. out of Belmont following scary fall

Jun. 04, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. is out of the Belmont Stakes after a scary fall while racing but seems to have escaped long-term injury. Ortiz was thrown off a horse during a race Thursday at Belmont Park and then trampled by the horse being ridden by younger...

The Latest: Preakness day record $112.5M wagered on races

May. 15, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on the Preakness (all times local): 8:10 p.m. A record $112.5 million was bet on races at Pimlico Race Course on Preakness day, shattering the previous mark of $99.8 million wagered two years ago. The...

Mandaloun and Essential Quality won't run in Preakness

May. 06, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

Kentucky Derby favorite Essential Quality and runner-up Mandaloun will not run against Medina Spirit in the Preakness, trainer Brad Cox said Thursday. Cox said he’ll skip the second jewel of the Triple Crown with those two horses and Caddo River, who was scratched from...

Analysis: Known Agenda to start, and finish, No. 1 in Derby

May. 01, 2021 02:08 AM EDT

Starting No. 1 in the Kentucky Derby usually equates to not finishing No. 1. The inside post is a dreaded starting position in the Run for the Roses. The horse can’t veer much to its left at the start because there’s a rail there. The horse can’t veer much to its...

Malathaat rallies in stretch to win Kentucky Oaks

Apr. 30, 2021 23:47 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — After Malathaat outdueled Search Results down the stretch to win the 147th Kentucky Oaks by a neck, runner-up jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. patted Malathaat's jockey, John Velazquez, on the shoulder to congratulate him. “We just got beat today,” Ortiz...

Essential Quality is 2-1 favorite for the Kentucky Derby

Apr. 27, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — With the rail still open and Kentucky Derby post positions dwindling, Brad Cox grew anxious about the most notable of his two horses drawing the least desired spot. The home-grown trainer soon breathed easier. Essential Quality got something more...

Malathaat is 5-2 choice in Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs

Apr. 26, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Malathaat is the 5-2 morning-line favorite and will start from the No. 10 post for Friday’s 147th Kentucky Oaks. The race for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs comes a day before the Kentucky Derby. Trained by Todd...