by Press Release
Hot riding Irad Ortiz Jr. notched his sixth straight multi-win day Monday, riding six winners, five in starter stakes, on the Presidents Day program at Gulfstream Park.
The reigning Eclipse Award champion scored aboard Lucky Long ($3.60) in the $60,000 Mary Todd (Race 5), Wildwood Dancer ($4.80) in the $60,000 Rail Splitter (Race 6), Midtown Rose ($4.40) in the $60,000 Queen Mother (Race 8), Zulu ($6.20) in the $60,000 Old Hickory (Race 10), Your Only Man ($6.20) in the $60,000 Old Man Eloquent (Race 11), and Souper Jaguar ($5.80) in a maiden special weight race for 3-year-olds on turf (Race 12).
The six-win day, which was one win short of the Gulfstream record co-held by Luis Saez, Tyler Gaffalione and Jerry Bailey, was a personal best for Ortiz.
“It’s amazing winning six races in one day. I’m so happy. I’m blessed. I’m just happy to be able to stay healthy and ride these kind of horses,” Ortiz said. “My agent [Steve Rushing] does a great job and the owners and trainers, they give me the opportunity. I appreciated that.”