On Thursday, the Puerto Rican won his fourth award, which recognizes him as the most outstanding rider in American horse racing.
Irad Ortiz He backed up the fourth Eclipse he won on Thursday with four wins on Saturday, including two graded stakes that saw him finish January at the top of the standings again.
Ortiz said Thursday in his acceptance speech as the winner of the 2022 Eclipse that his reign is not over and that in January 2024 he hopes to return to the stage with his fifth Eclipse.
“I want to thank God and my family for their support and for always being there. I want to thank my agent Steve Rushing for a great job, the trainers, the horse owners for their support throughout the year. Thanks to the stable staff for preparing the horses and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. I hope to win the Eclipse again,” he said.
It was Ortiz’s fourth eclipse in the last five seasons in the United States and the ninth accomplished by Puerto Rico’s top jockey. Angel “Junior” Cordero (2), John Velasquez (2) and Jose Luis Ortiz (1) shared the other five.
He led jockeys in winnings (325) and prize money from his mounts ($37,082,772), a record. He also held the record for most stakes won (77), of which 50 were graded, including the Belmont Stakes which he won aboard Mo Donegal.
What an incredible night winning 2 Eclipse Awards!!!!!
Forte – Champion 2-year-old male
Litter – Champion 3-year-old filly
We would like to thank you @iradortiz, @PletcherRacingall breeders, shippers,@OcalaStud, @StonestreetFarmall staff and partners!!!!!
Thank you???????? pic.twitter.com/p2puOugXm8
—Repole Stable (@RepoleStable) January 27, 2023
In addition, Ortiz indirectly won other Eclipses with horses he rode in 2022 and were awarded best in their division at the ceremony. They were Goodnight Olive (sprinter), Forte (2-year-old boy), Elite Power (sprinter) and Nest (3-year-old).
And 48 hours after he announced he was going for another Eclipse, Ortiz backed up his desire by putting together a stunning performance in the Pegasus World Cup Show at Miami’s Gulfstream Park on Saturday.
He won four there to top the leaderboard with $2,544,163 and move closer to the top three with 31 wins this year.
????Father of Phipps #CleanPrize‘s #NYbred MGSW millionaire son RED KNIGHT wins G3 William L. McKnight S. at @GulfstreamPark. Congratulations Trinity Farm (Tom Egan) @TrainerMMaker @IradOrtiz
⚫️????#PhippsBloodlines @NYTBreeders pic.twitter.com/SQqifVeEh6
— Phipps Stable Fan (@PhippsStableFan) January 28, 2023
Notable wins on Saturday included a win over Atone in the Grade 1 Pagasus Turf Invitational and a win in the Grade 3 William l. McKnight on Red Night’s back.
Ortiz also posted another win in the Class 3 event and two runner-up finishes in the class races on Saturday.
At Saturday’s ceremony, the legendary Angel “Junior” Baranchyk indirectly won the Eclipse as the winner of Apprentice’s agent, Mexican-American Jose Antonio Gomez, who beat out a Puerto Rican for the award Jayron Barbosa.
Author: Fernando Ribas Reyes
Source: Prime Ahora