Ortiz Helps Himself to a Six-Pack of Gulfstream Victories

Less than a couple of weeks after picking right up their 3rd Eclipse that is consecutive Award the nation’s top jockey, Irad Ortiz Jr. illustrated why he owns an Eclipse trifecta: riding six winners on Saturday’s Gulfstream Park card.

Irad Ortiz Six-Pack 2021
Irad Ortiz Jr. and R Mercedes Boy captured Gulfstream Park’s race that is ninth. That offered Ortiz, the track’s jockey that is leading his sixth victory of the day. (Image: Gulfstream Park Photo)

Putting this into further perspective, Ortiz won half of Gulfstream’s 12-race card.

“You saturday never think you come here positive,” Ortiz told Gulfstream Park that you’re going to win that many races, but. “You try to win every race. I ride all the same mind to my horses (and) We you will need to win, no real matter what. We genuinely believe that helps.”

Ortiz aided himself to quite the afternoon. He started with a hat that is natural, winning the second race aboard Hard Game ($8), the third on Noble Empire ($3) and the fourth on Bourbon in May ($7.60). Ortiz didn’t have a mount in the race that is fifth but he came ultimately back into the sixth – the Suwannee River Stakes – with 1/5 favorite Great Island ($2.60).

Ortiz and Democracy Rule in Gulfstream’s Seventh

That segued into a seventh-race visit to the winner’s group aboard Democracy ($15.60). At 6/1, that has been Ortiz’s longest shot champion regarding the time. He covered up their six-pack with 9/5 R. that is favorite Mercedes ($5.60) in the ninth.

Put it together and Ortiz won four of the first six races and five of the first seven.

“It’s pretty great,” he said. “You don’t have too days that are many this, therefore I simply appreciate it. I go home and it’s just another day for me, honestly. Tomorrow, everybody will forget what happened today. I just move on.”

Ortiz Came Out of Gulfstream’s Gates Fast

That’s unlikely. Not the way Ortiz is Gulfstream’s Championship that is dominating Meet. He’s piloted a meet-leading 76 winners – 16 a lot more than their pursuer that is closest, Luis Saez.

Betting Ortiz’s mounts cashes you a ticket that is winning% of times in 2021 (45-for-185). Wagering their mounts provides you with towards the screen 53% for the right time(98-for-185). That’s roughly on par with Ortiz’s 2020 numbers: 24% wins and 56% in-the-money finishes.

Speaking of Saez, he co-owns the Gulfstream record for most wins in a– seven day. Saez, whom switched that trick twice in a span that is two-month 2018, shared the mark with Jerry Bailey (1996), Tyler Gaffalione (2017) and Paco Lopez (2020).

Ortiz owns the last two Gulfstream Park titles that are riding. He led united states jockeys in victories the past four years as well as in profits the past three. A year ago, he won six level 1 stakes races.(*)

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