Grapevine, Texas (Monday, Dec. 10, 2018) – Irad Ortiz, Jr., the current leading jockey by earnings and wins in 2018, will also be acknowledged for his skills on the turf course as the 2018 Turf Jockey of the Year, sponsored by Duralock. The award is voted on by a panel of experts who select a Jockey of the Week for JockeyTalk360.com based on weekly riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America.
Voters respected the strong turf racing statistics and accomplishments of Irad Ortiz, Jr. on the ballot for 2018 turf jockeys. Ortiz won 165 turf races in 2018 with a win rate of 23%, and finished in the top three on 57% of his mounts in turf races. He earned $12.6 million in turf races this year.
Ortiz won 35 turf stakes races, 17 of which were graded, and earned $6.8 million in turf stakes races. His win rate in turf stakes was 27%, and he finished in the money in 60% of his turf starts.
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