Horse Racing

US jockey Irad Ortiz Jr rides 2,000th career winner

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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NEW YORK (AP) — Irad Ortiz Jr rode his 2,000th career winner, guiding Gambler's Fallacy in the sixth race at Belmont Park.

The 26-year-old jockey notched the milestone on Saturday. It was his 1,910th winner in the continental US to go with 90 in his native Puerto Rico.

It's been quite a month for Ortiz. He won the riding title at Saratoga with 52 victories and earnings of more than US$4.5 million. Gambler's Fallacy helped Ortiz win back-to-back races Saturday. The horse is trained by Chad Brown, with whom Ortiz has won 10 graded stakes this year.

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