Authors: The Ortiz Brothers, Emily Shields
With Irad freshly coronated as Champion Jockey at the New York-bred divisional championships and Jose winning two rich races at Meydan Racecourse on the Dubai World Cup undercard, the Ortiz Brothers had a phenomenal week. Irad’s 2018 mounts included New York-bred Horse of the Year Diversify and standouts Holiday Disguise and Fourstar Crook. Jose’s winners came with Plus Que Parfait in the UAE Derby and Coal Front in the Godolphin Mile.
Attention turns to the upcoming weekend now with Irad set to ride at Keeneland on Saturday, including in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass, an historic Kentucky Derby prep. Jose will be in New York to ride Tampa Bay Derby (G2) winner Tacitus in the Wood Memorial (G2), another important stepping stone on the path to the Kentucky Derby.
Jose rides nine at Aqueduct on Saturday during an 11-race card. His big mount is Tacitus, a Bill Mott-trainee with two wins in three starts lifetime. “He does everything so easy and I don’t know if he’s given me 100 percent yet,” Jose said. “I don’t think so. He set the stakes record in the Tampa Bay Derby and finished with something left in the tank. I don’t think long distances will matter to him. We have a good post position (#2). He doesn’t have much early speed so that will give me the opportunity to save ground and let him relax.”
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