With twice as many stakes wins as any other jockey last week and leading with over $1 million in earnings, Irad Ortiz, Jr. was voted Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for July 2 – 8, 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.
Though several jockeys won two stakes races during a busy holiday week of racing, only Ortiz won four, including two graded stakes.
Two of Ortiz’ stakes wins came during the Stars and Stripes Racing Festival at Belmont on Saturday. Ortiz won the $700,000 Suburban (G2) with Diversify ($14.00) by over six lengths. Earlier on the card, he won the $300,000 Dwyer (G3) with Firenze Fire ($7.50) by nine lengths. He was third in the Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes (G2) with Eye Luv Lulu and was fourth in the Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes (G1) with Significant Form.
On Friday, Ortiz won the $100,000 State Dinner Stakes with Sunny Ridge ($6.20) and on Sunday, he won the $100,000 River Memories Stakes with Homeland Security ($10.20).
Ortiz was the leading rider by earnings, with $1,121,556 earned last week. He also led by stakes earnings, picking up $792,000 in eight stakes starts. In 2018 he has earned $12,380,411 to date and his career earnings exceed $128 million.
With 10 wins, Ortiz was the third leading rider by number of victories last week. He earned a 26% win rate and maintained an in-the-money rate of 66%. Ortiz is 191 for 842 this year and has won 1,939 lifetime races.
The panel also expressed support for Jose Ferrer on the ballot, who won six races in a single card at Monmouth Park last week. With 12 wins, he was the leading jockey by number of wins for the week. Ferrer also landed in the top 25 North American jockeys by earnings despite having no stakes wins, with $188,816 in 26 starts, with a 77% in the money rate and a win rate of 46%.
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