Win at Saratoga gives Irad Ortiz Jr. 1,000 in career
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. earned his 1,000th career victory when Frosty Margarita rallied Monday to win the opener at Saratoga Race Course by 1 1/2 lengths.
According to Equibase, Ortiz's totals include races won in the United States, Canada and his native Puerto Rico, where he rode 85 winners. Trained by Rudy Rodriguez, 2-year-old filly Frosty Margarita ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.03 and paid $4, $2.60 and $2.10 as the even-money favorite.
Ortiz, 23, entered Monday's nine-race card leading all riders at Saratoga with 43 victories, six more than two-time defending meet champion Javier Castellano. He was second with nearly $2.9 million in purse earnings. On Aug. 16, Ortiz became the first jockey in nearly two years to ride five winners on a single card.