Ortiz Brothers Bring Their Best to Breeders’ Cup

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Authors: The Ortiz Brothers, Emily Shields

Brothers Jose and Irad Ortiz have arrived at Santa Anita Park for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, taking place November 1st and 2nd at the Great Race Place. Between them they have 21 mounts in the 14 championship races, with names like Elate, Shancelot, Bricks and Mortar, and Vino Rosso among them.

Jose’s Breeders’ Cup Mounts

Juvenile Turf Sprint: Chimney Rock
Juvenile Turf: Structor
Juvenile Fillies Turf: Sweet Melania
Turf Sprint: Totally Boss
Dirt Mile: Giant Expectations
Sprint: Shancelot
Distaff: Dunbar Road
Turf: Zulu Alpha
Classic: Elate

Jose mentioned he is “very excited” to ride Elate in her bid to be just the second filly or mare to win the Classic over the boys. “I think she will bring her A-game,” the rider said. “She can win this race.”

Regarding ultra-fast sprinter Shancelot, Jose said, “I’m looking forward to riding one of the fastest horses in the world. Shancelot has already run over the track and per conversations with (trainer Jorge) Navarro the horse is in his best condition.”

Irad’s Breeders’ Cup Mounts

Juvenile Turf Sprint: Four Wheel Drive
Juvenile Turf: Decorated Invader
Juvenile Fillies: Perfect Alibi
Juvenile Fillies Turf: Abscond
Juvenile: Dennis’ Moment
Turf Sprint: Shekky Shebaz
Dirt Mile: Firenze Fire
TVG Mile: Without Parole
Distaff: Wow Cat
Turf: Bricks and Mortar
Classic: Vino Rosso

Bricks and Mortar is bidding to be the North American Horse of the Year with a Breeders’ Cup victory. “He’s the best horse in the country,” Irad said. “The distance won’t be a problem.”

Vino Rosso is not the favorite for the Classic, but Irad said he, “can’t wait for this race.” And perhaps his most anticipated mount is aboard Dennis’ Moment, the unbeaten Dale Romans trainee running in the Juvenile. “He’s one of the most talented two-year-olds that I’ve ever ridden,” Irad said.

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