Irad Ortiz Bruises Back in Fall at Aqueduct

Irad Ortiz Bruises Back in Fall at Aqueduct
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Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.

Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., who fell from his mount during the eighth race at Aqueduct Racetrack Nov. 23, sustained a bruised lower back and was expected to remain at Jamaica Hospital overnight for observation.

Diagnostic tests showed no fractures, according to his agent, Tony Micallef.

"The scans were clean, but he bruised his back pretty good," Micallef said. "He'll probably be out a couple of days. They're going to keep him overnight just for observation."

Ortiz, 20, was unseated when his mount, Irish Lion, was forced inward by Runaway Jim and subsequently clipped heels with Economic Summit. Runaway Jim was disqualified from fifth and placed last for interference in the 1 1/16-mile turf claiming event for 3-year-olds and up.

A native of Puerto Rico, Ortiz has been riding on the New York circuit since June 2011. At the conclusion of racing Nov. 23, Ortiz had ridden seven winners from 59 mounts during Aqueduct's fall meet, good for a sixth-place tie in the jockey standings with apprentice Wilmer Garcia.

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