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De Kock’s New Jockey

'I think we have found a good replacement here'

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Irad Oritz jr

Mike de Kock has secured the services of promising 23-year-old jockey Irad Oritz, jr. for Mubtaahij in the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, New York, on June 6.

Originally from Trujillo Alto in Puerto Rico, Ortiz is a graduate of that country’s Escuela Vocacional Hípica, a school for prospective jockeys. His grandfather, also named Irad Ortiz, was a jockey, and so is his uncle, Ivan Ortiz.

Ortiz has enjoyed great success since moving to the US in 2013 and enjoyed a career-best year in 2014 when winning 15 graded stakes races. His highlights were two Gr 1 victories on Sweet Reason and the season was topped off with a win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Lady Eli, his first Breeders’ Cup victory.

Ortiz has ridden many popular horses throughout his young career, including 2012 champion 3-year-old filly Questing, Kid Cruz, Vyjack and Birdatthewire.

Mike de Kock commented: “Christophe Soumillon has contractual obligations, he has to ride for the Aga Khan and won’t be able to make it to the Belmont for Mubtaahij. But I think we have found a good replacement here. Irad Ortiz comes highly recommended and he knows his way around Belmont.”

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1 comment on “De Kock’s New Jockey

  1. joao says:

    very good selection, and as good as Cristophe is i think Irad makes the horse 2 lengths better just by local knowledge and by actually being a very very good jockey…..role on Belmont

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