Authors: The Ortiz Brothers, Emily Shields
The Ortiz brothers had a very successful Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs on March 9, with Jose winning the Challenger Stakes on gutsy Flameaway and the Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (G2) on Tacitus. Irad finished third in the Tampa Bay Derby with Win Win Win, but also won the Hillsborough Stakes (G2) on Rymska (Fr) and the Columbia Stakes on Digital Age (Ire). Their combined record at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday was 16: 4 – 3 – 3, riding predominantly against each other.
Gulfstream Park’s leading rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. began a five-day suspension today, March 13, meaning he will miss the major action this weekend.
After winning the 39th edition of Tampa Bay Derby with Tacitus, Jose Ortiz will ride Jersey Agenda for local trainer Steven Asmussen in the second division of this year’s $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park on March 16. The race split due to the influx of entries from California after Santa Anita was closed for several weeks.
Photo: Raul Baez
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