By: The Ortiz Brothers & Emily Shields
The Ortiz brothers are set to raid the Fair Grounds in Louisiana on Saturday, March 23, with exactly 20 mounts between them. There are eight stakes races on the 13-race card; Jose will appear in seven of them and brother Irad in five.
Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) hero Bricks and Mortar returns to action in the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap (G2) with Irad aboard. The pair have won two in a row since Bricks and Mortar’s return to the races off a 14-month layoff. Irad said of the 2-1 race favorite: “He’s a very nice horse, I’ve ridden him twice and both times he won. He’s a nice, cool horse who does everything you want. From the first start I rode him to the Pegasus, he improved big time. He won easily the first time but really, after being off a long time, wasn’t totally ready and still won. In the Pegasus he was ready and showed me what he can do.” Bricks and Mortar is trained by Chad Brown.
Irad will face brother Jose, who is aboard #8 Inspector Lynley for Shug McGaughey. “He’s really nice and getting better and better,” Jose said. “The race is very tough. You have Bricks and Mortar, who won the Pegasus World Cup Turf, Synchrony—very tough horses. I don’t doubt my horse can win the race, I believe he can and hopefully he runs a big race.”
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