With two stakes wins and a leading rider title to his credit, Jose Ortiz was named the Foundation Detox Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for September 10 – 16, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. Jockey of the Week is sponsored by FoundationDetox.com, America’s #1 Equine Toxin Remover.
Jose Ortiz led the standings for all metrics this week for North American jockeys: number of wins, number of graded stakes wins, total earnings and stakes earnings.
Ortiz won his first stakes race of the week at Kentucky Downs, in the rescheduled $200,000 Fifth Third Insurance Dueling Grounds Oaks with Osare ($9.80). He was the leading rider of the 2018 Kentucky Downs meet, with nine wins in 31 starts.
On Saturday, Ortiz traveled to Woodbine for the premier race of the week, the $800,000 Woodbine Mile (G1). He and Oscar Performance ($7.70) picked up an early lead and repelled challengers in the stretch to win by over a length. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner stamped his ticket for this year’s Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs.
On Woodbine Mile Day, Ortiz also finished second in the Northern Dancer (G1) with Mektaal, third in the Canadian Stakes (G2) with Inflexibility, and third in the Bold Venture (G3) with Battle in Seattle.
Ortiz led all North American jockeys by number of wins last week, with 10 victories in 38 starts, a 26% win rate. He also had eight second-place finishes and six third-placed finishes, for an in-the-money rate of 63%. He has visited the winner’s circle 206 times in 2018 and has 1,627 career victories in 8,830 starts.
Ortiz led all North American jockeys by both total and stakes earnings. In stakes races last week, earned $661,541; in all races, he earned $1,338,292. He has earned $20,831,221 to date in 2018 and his lifetime earnings exceed $120 million.
Though Jose carried a large majority of votes for the week, panelists also expressed support for Luis Contreras, the second leading jockey by stakes earnings. Contreras won the $300,000 Northern Dancer (G1) at Woodbine with Johnny Bear ($35.80); Johnny Bear and Contreras also won the 2017 edition of the Northern Dancer, the gelding’s first graded stakes win.
He also won the $250,000 Canadian Stakes (G2) with Starship Jubilee ($25.30) who ran for a claiming tag earlier in her career and was third in the same race in 2017.
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