11/26/2012 4:16PM

Aqueduct: Ortiz hoping for Wednesday return

Tom Keyser
Irad Ortiz Jr. hits the ground after being unseated from his mount in Friday’s eighth race at Aqueduct.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. was hoping to return to race-riding Wednesday after missing the weekend due to a bruised back suffered in a Friday spill at Aqueduct.

Ortiz, 20, had a Tuesday afternoon appointment with his personal doctor at which time he was hoping to get clearance to ride, according to his agent, Tony Micallef.

“He’s feeling pretty good,” Micallef said Monday. “If not Wednesday, for sure Thursday.”

Ortiz was thrown from his mount, Irish Lion, when Rajiv Maragh, aboard Runaway Jim, came over on him forcing Irish Lion to clip heels and in turn unseat Ortiz. Ortiz was released from Jamaica Hospital on Saturday morning, but did not ride at Aqueduct over the weekend.

As a result of the incident, Maragh was suspended seven days by the stewards, a penalty he began serving Monday.

◗ Nefertini, upset winner of Friday’s Grade 2 Go for Wand Stakes, has been retired, according to trainer Alan Goldberg. Nefertini, a 4-year-old daughter of Empire Maker owned by Robert Masterson, retires with a record of 5-2-1 from 10 starts and earnings of $316,320.