Author: Wynn Elliott

Irad Ortiz Jr. Stays on a Roll with Six-Win Presidents Day

Gulfstream Park Press Release HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Hot riding Irad Ortiz Jr. notched his sixth straight multi-win day Monday, riding six winners, five in starter stakes, on the Presidents Day program at Gulfstream Park. The reigning Eclipse Award champion scored aboard Lucky Long ($3.60) in the $60,000 Mary Todd (Race 5), Wildwood Dancer ($4.80) in the $60,000 Rail Splitter (Race 6), Midtown Rose ($4.40) in the $60,000 Queen Mother (Race 8),  Zulu ($6.20) in the $60,000 Old Hickory (Race 10), Your Only Man ($6.20) in the $60,000 Old Man Eloquent (Race 11), and Souper Jaguar ($5.80) in a maiden special weight race for 3-year-olds on turf (Race 12). The six-win day, which was one win short of the Gulfstream record co-held by Luis Saez, Tyler Gaffalione and Jerry Bailey, was a personal best for Ortiz. “It’s amazing winning six races in one day. I’m so happy. I’m blessed. I’m just happy to be able to stay healthy and ride these kind of horses,” Ortiz said. “My agent [Steve Rushing] does a great job and the owners and trainers, they give me the opportunity. I appreciated that.” Ortiz has won 22 races in the last six racing days at Gulfstream. Share this:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

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Heartwood Comes Through as King Cotton Favorite

Oaklawn Press Release HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019) – The well-traveled Heartwood, coming off a third-place effort in the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector at Gulfstream Dec. 22, did not disappoint as the 2-1 favorite when he took Saturday’s $100,000 King Cotton Stakes by a half-length over Control Stake. Ridden by David Cohen, Heartwood was a close second behind Florida Gordy through opening fractions of :22 1/5 and :45 3/5 for the first half mile. The winner took a narrow lead as the field entered the stretch and battled gamely to the wire, holding off the late closing Control Strike, who came from last. Florida Gordy was just a neck back in third. The final time was 1:09 4/5 over a fast track. “He ran very hard,” Cohen said. “The #3 horse (Gordy Florida) really dug in and made me really have to work for it. It didn’t come easy. I really thought I would get that type of setup and my horse showed a lot of heart. He kind of lived up to his name.” Heartwood, who races for owner-trainer James Chapman and Stuart Tsujimoto, improved his record to 6-3-1 in 26 starts and has now earned $431,403. The 5-year-old Tapit horse returned $6.20, $3.60 and $3.00. Share this:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

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San Vicente Stakes Quotes

Santa Anita Press Release JOEL ROSARIO, SPARKY VILLE, WINNER: “Going into the far turn, I was in tight, but I had to wait because I thought those horses were moving a little early.  When we left the quarter pole, I asked him and he really picked it up.  I thought those horses would come back to me and we would win easy, but (Dessman) kept fighting and it was close.  I knew he had run well with Gary (Stevens, recently retired Hall of Famer) and I’m happy with the way he ran today.  He was comfortable sitting in behind those horses and I like the way he picked it up when I asked him to go.” FLAVIEN PRAT, DESSMAN, SECOND:  “I moved too soon.  He fought back when he saw that horse…He ran great. Share this:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

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Sweet Life Stakes Quotes

Santa Anita Press Release KENT DESORMEAUX, APACHE PRINCESS, WINNER: “Not at all confident, Keith called and we had a long discussion about it, he decided we would stay in and I thought the end result worked out very well… In regards to Apache Princess’ last race on  1/21/2019 and today dropping his whip .., I had already asked her and encouraged her for the best, I encouraged her three times and I was underhanded and when I tried to raise it, it just went towards the earth. That’s embarrassing, but (it’s) the second time I’ve done that with her and she’s won the race for me,” said Kent.  “She proves that she doesn’t need it, she just needs encouragement with my mouth.  If I kiss at her, shake the reins at her, throw crosses and she continues. “I think its camera angle a lot of times people tell me wow you were out in front why did you take back…well I wasn’t especially seven eighths,  it always looks like the one is way in front but its terrible camera angle, I thought we all broke head-in-head, Rafael (Bejarano), I looked over and he wanted to lead and I just didn’t ask her to do anything and she ended up camping outright behind him, We started racing at the Three in a half and she beat him. Share this:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

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Colby Hernandez Wins 2,000th Race

Fair Grounds Press Release By Ryan Martin Jockey Colby Hernandez reached his 2,000th career victory on Friday evening’s Starlight Racing program aboard Tigertail Ranch’s Crocodile Jacques in the third race for trainer Victor Arceneaux. Hernandez, 30, is currently third in the jockey standings at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots meet (as of publication) with a total of 36 victories, trailing only James Graham and Adam Beschizza. The native of Opelousas, La. began his riding career in 2006 and he has won at least 100 races for 12 straight years (2007-18). “It’s been a fun journey,” Hernandez said following the milestone win. “I just want to thank all the trainers and owners that have supported me this whole way. It’s been fun. To get the milestone win here at Fair Grounds means a lot. It’s a tough colony and it means the world to me.” Share this:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

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