Leading riders Mike Smith, Jose Ortiz, Florent Geroux and Flavien Prat have been nominated for the 2018 ESPY Award as Best Jockey, the cable sports television and online network announced today. The 26th ESPY Awards will be presented on July 18 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Calif., at 8 p.m. ET and will be televised live on ABC, with Danica Patrick hosting.
Ortiz is the reigning Eclipse Award winner as champion jockey. He ranks second in earnings among North American jockeys with $11,467,006 through June 19. His top mounts include Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve runner-up Good Magic, Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Betsrunner-up Gronkowski, and multiple turf graded stakes winner Oscar Performance. He led all North American jockeys in earnings in 2017 with over $27.3 million.