Comes Back with a Bang! Great to have him back riding again !
It didn't take long for two-time defending Championship Meet leading jockey and Eclipse Award champion Irad Ortiz Jr. to get back into the swing of things.
Riding for the first time since March 19 after taking time off due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 27-year-old Ortiz scored a 1 ¼-length victory aboard The Mighty Judge at Gulfstream's Parrk
Ortiz didn't stop there. He rattled off the next two winners – Basquiat ($5.80), a first-time starter by 2015 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, in Race 5 and Catharsis ($11.60) in Race 6 – as well as even-money favorite Dr Post ($4.20) in the featured $75,000 Unbridled Stakes for 3-year-olds to finish with four on the afternoon.
I have been following Irad Ortiz Jr since he first started riding in the united states. Ortiz began his professional riding career in Puerto were his grandfather also names Irad ortiz was a jockey as well as his uncle Ivan Ortiz .On New Year’s Day, 2011, winning 76 of 357 starts over the following months. Rosa who was an old friend of Ortiz's grandfather, encouraged Ortiz to come to New York. Anthony Micallef a very good friend of mine ,he is an outstanding smart guy on and off the track was his agent when he rode his first race at Belmont Park on June 17 .He won his first american race on June 24 aboard millennium Jet. Which he ended up finishing the year with 151 wins from 1,016 starts !
2020 Earnings 5,419,449 2020 win percentage 24% Lifetime earning 183,844,713.
Chart (2011–present)Year-End Rank by earnings
97 National Earnings List for Jockeys 2011
17 National Earnings List for Jockeys 2012
5 National Earnings List for Jockeys 2013
3 National Earnings List for Jockeys 2014
2 National Earnings List for Jockeys 2015
2 National Earnings List for Jockeys 2016
3 National Earnings List for Jockeys 2017
1 National Earnings List for Jockeys 2018
1 National Earnings List for Jockeys 2019
Irad is an outstanding person on and off the Track ! Look forward to seeing him do many great things this year as well in the future.
Irad Taking a picture with my niece 2 years ago at Saratoga Race Track.