04/20/2016 3:10PM

Jose Ortiz staying home for Derby Day

Barbara D. Livingston
Jose Ortiz leads the nation in both races and money won - but won't be riding in the Kentucky Derby.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Through the first 110 days of 2016, Jose Ortiz leads the nation in races won (112) and purse money won ($5,260,264), and he’s on an incredible run at the Aqueduct spring meet.

But that wasn’t enough to secure a contending Kentucky Derby mount.

Instead, Ortiz will remain in New York for both Oaks and Derby days and likely will ride a bevy of live runners at Belmont Park on those two days.

Last year, Joe Bravo won five races on Derby Day at Belmont Park, including all three stakes.

Ortiz was fined $1,000 by the stewards for “not having sufficient clearance” when he came out with his mount through the stretch of the sixth race April 15.

Ortiz was on Money Multiplier, who won the race but came out and bumped Nexrad – who finished fourth – in upper stretch. The stewards did not disqualify Money Multiplier, reasoning that the incident did not cost Nexrad a final placing.

Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
All the NY jockeys could stay home . that would be great for racing. maybe they don't affect or infect the derby but the whole undercard would benefit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Especially John Velazquez, a lot of people are so tired of him bringing his family into the winners circle.  The owners have no idea who these people are and do not want Velazquez's family in the circle.
Robert More than 1 year ago
You win me those Gr 1's and 2's purses I wouldn't care who he brings in .. Where did you hear that ? 
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
sour puss ... no one begrudges family in the winner's circle.
Chloe Chan More than 1 year ago
Instead of being disqualified, J. Ortiz can now pay his $1000 fine with his share of the jockey purse.  Net result:  NO PUNISHMENT FOR THE JOCKETY
Chloe Chan More than 1 year ago
Are the stewards serious?  Money Multiplier obviously fouled Nexrad, and should have been properly placed 4th behind Nexrad.  Nexrad would have moved to 3rd.