by NYRA Press Office
Jockey Jose Ortiz registered four victories while owner-breeders Chester and Mary Broman connected with three winners to lead the way on Saturday’s annual Empire Showcase Day card at Belmont Park, featuring eight stakes races worth $1.75 million.
Jose Ortiz, who won an allowance event in the day’s opener with Southern King, recorded three stakes wins in a four-start span late in the card, including the finale of the eight stakes for New York-breds when he piloted Gary Broad’s Ratajkowski to a win by a head in the $250,000 Empire Distaff for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up in Race 10.
The 5-year-old Drosselmeyer mare, off at 9-5, stayed close to Out of Orbit’s early fractions of 22.79 and 45.71 in the one-turn mile on the fast main track. Ortiz moved Ratajkowski up, where she took command in the stretch and fended off Our Super Nova’s furious charge up the rail, hanging on for her third consecutive victory in hitting the wire in 1:35.45.
Trained by Brian Lynch, Ratajkowski returned $5.60 on a $2 win wager. Following Our Super Nova was Held Accountable, Newly Minted, Midnight Disguise, No Hayne No Gayne, Bonita Bianca, Unbridledadventure, Take Charge Aubrey, Out of Orbit and Might Be.
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