Jockey Ortiz Logs 5-Win Day at Aqueduct

Jockey Ortiz Logs 5-Win Day at Aqueduct
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Irad Ortiz Jr.

Irad Ortiz Jr. rode five winners at Aqueduct Racetrack Nov. 15 to move into second place in the jockey standings for the fall meet.

The 21-year-old native of Trujillo, Puerto Rico, finished second with his first mount, then won with his next two, taking the second race with Bird House ($4) (VIDEO) and the third with Voodoo Tales ($8.80) (VIDEO). After finishing in a dead-heat for fourth in the fourth race, Ortiz fashioned his own Pick 3, taking the fifth race aboard Canal Six ($6.50) (VIDEO), the sixth on Royal Blessing ($9.40) (VIDEO) and the seventh with Masasi ($6) (VIDEO). He closed out his afternoon with a fourth-place finish in the eighth race.

Ortiz has brought home 11 winners for the meet, which began Nov. 1. Javier Castellano, who returned to action Friday after missing a day of action following a spill Nov. 13, leads the jockey standings with 14 victories. Ortiz's younger brother, Jose, and veteran Cornelio Velasquez are tied for third with 10 winners apiece.

Ortiz also rode five winners at Aqueduct Jan. 21.
 

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