Latest Irad Ortiz Jr. News

Mo Donegal finishes 1st at Belmont, another Pletcher win

Jun. 11, 2022 20:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Triple Crown veteran Todd Pletcher had simple advice Saturday for jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. before the Belmont Stakes. “Be patient,” Pletcher said. “I think you have the best last quarter of any horse in the race.” Sometimes, less is Mo. ...

Count Again wins Shoemaker Mile, earns Breeders' Cup berth

May. 30, 2022 20:22 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Count Again rallied from last to win the $500,000 Shoemaker Mile by 2 1/4 lengths on Monday to earn an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup. Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., who came in to Santa Anita from New York, won his second straight Grade 1 race on the card. ...

Mo Donegal, Nest, We the People prep for Belmont Stakes

May. 27, 2022 16:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Belmont Stakes contenders Mo Donegal, Next and We the People all worked out Friday in preparation for the third jewel of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown in two weeks. Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher had Mo Donegal and Nest work in company. Nest was ridden by...