Ortiz won four races last year and said he learned a lot.
“It’s great,” he said of the riding title. “I couldn’t do it by myself. I have to thank all the trainers and owners for giving me the opportunity. I won for Mike Maker, Bill Mott, Mark Casse – I had a lot of good horsemen giving me good opportunities and I was trying to do the best out of it.
“I had success last year, but this year I came with a plan. I knew what I was doing clearly, and the support of the horsemen to give me good opportunities. I knew what I was doing out there. I knew the timing to move.”