THE ORTIZ BROTHERS
The Eclipse Awards 2018
Irad Ortiz Jr.
I want to thank God first, I also thank my family for their support (Mom and Dad love you very much), my amazing wife, my beautiful daughters, the owners, fans, trainers and to my agent @rushman1963. I want to dedicate this award to my brother @jose93_ortiz pic.twitter.com/B313XNc8da— JockeyIradOrtizJrFans (@IradOrtizJrFans) 25 de enero de 2019
The Eclipse Awards 2017
José Luis Ortiz
“Thanks God for blessing me with this abilities, to my lovely wife @Tiny_TayB, my daughter Leilani, to my Mom & Dad, to my brother @iradortiz, my agent @RiccioJimmy, to my people in Puerto Rico, to my valets, to the trainers and owners, and to all the fans.” @jose93_ortiz pic.twitter.com/ZjYV89t8sP— JockeyJLOrtizFans (@JLOrtizFans) 26 de enero de 2018
Belmont Stakes '16 & '17 Winners
Irad Ortiz Jr. (Creator) | José L. Ortiz (Tapwrit)
Irad Ortiz Jr. (Belmont Stakes 2016)
Irad Ortiz Jr. had Creator in full flight. They had been blasting past horses two at a time and were bounding down the middle of the stretch as if skipping from one trampoline to another. “When we got clear, he started running.”
Jose L. Ortiz (Belmont Stakes 2017)
"It's an unbelievable feeling that I can't explain. The distance, I was sure he could handle it. It was a great training job by Todd. I always liked him (Tapwrit) and we always had a lot of faith in him. Today he showed up. I'm very happy."
Belmont Stakes '16
Belmont Stakes '17
Jose L. Ortiz (Kentucky Oaks 2019)
Serengeti Empress (Alternation – Havisham by Bernardini)
Trainer: Thomas Amoss
Owner: Joel Politi
"Tom gave me a lot of confidence in her,” Ortiz said. “I had never been on her, and he told me, ‘Ride her like you own her.’ And that's what I did. I went out of there, I knew her best races are in the lead, and I just tried to get her comfortable. I don’t care if I was going a little bit too fast. As long as she was comfortable, I was comfortable with it."