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The Eclipse Awards 2018

Irad Ortiz Jr.

The Eclipse Awards 2017

José Luis Ortiz


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."

Kentucky Oaks '19
The ORTIZ bros.

Breeders' Cup