Ortiz Brothers Gear Up for Breeders’ Cup At Belmont

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Authors: The Ortiz Brothers, Emily Shields

Jose and Irad Ortiz will gear up for the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita by riding at Belmont Park on Saturday, October 26, There are three stakes on the card, the $200,000 Bold Ruler (G3), the $100,000 English Channel Stakes, and the $100,000 Awad Stakes.

In the Bold Ruler, Jose rides Diamond King, trained by John Servis. They will take on two-time grade 1 winner Maximum Security in the seven-furlong race. Diamond King is coming off a second-place effort in the Parx Dirt Mile Stakes at Parx Racing.

In the English Channel, Jose rides #4 Seismic Wave and Irad is on #5 Digital Footprint. In the Awad, Jose rides #3 Tiesto and Irad is on #9 Buy Land and See.

Jose said of Tiesto: “I’ve never ridden him before. I've been watching the replay of his debut where he showed lot a talent."

Irad said of Buy Land and See: He broke his maiden at Parx wining by eight plus lengths gate to wire at 7 1/2 furlong on the turf. That's not easy. I think he's capable to repeat that type performance now at the stakes level."

Jose will also ride a horse of note in Magic Star, who is out of grade 1-winner Meadow Breeze. She is running in the seventh race, an allowance for fillies and mares. “She won impressively at Saratoga,” Jose said. “She's been training really good."

The riders are expected in California next week to ride in the Breeders’ Cup November 1 and 2. Bet the Breeders’ Cup at TVG.


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