IRAD ORTIZ JR. WINS IN 2020
IRAD ORTIZ JR.
Irad Ortiz Jr. was born in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico on August 11, 1992.
His grandfather, also named Irad Ortiz, was a jockey, as was uncle Ivan Ortiz. At age 16, Ortiz enrolled in Puerto Rico’s Escuela Vocacional Hípica, a school for prospective jockeys. His younger brother, Jose Ortiz, is also a leading jockey in New York. "We support each other, but you know, when we go out there, we are jockeys.". Irad Jr. began his professional riding career at Hipódromo Camarero in Puerto Rico on New Year’s Day, 2011, winning 76 of 357 starts over the following months. Ortiz rode his first race at Belmont Park on June 17 and won his first American race on June 24 aboard Millennium Jet. He would finish the year with 151 wins from 1,016 starts. Irad Jr. has two daughters, Sarai & Saeli.