06/20/2016 12:30PM

Ortiz brothers serving suspensions


ELMONT, N.Y. – Jockeys Jose Ortiz and Irad Ortiz Jr. have combined to win 30 percent of the races run at this meet (102 for 343). But for the next three racing days at least, neither will be appearing in the winner’s circle.

Both Ortiz brothers are serving suspensions starting Wednesday. Jose Ortiz, who leads the standings with 61 wins, is serving a three-day suspension for a careless-riding infraction from June 15. His suspension was reduced from five days for waiving his right of appeal.

Irad Ortiz Jr., who is second in the standings with 41 victories, begins a five-day suspension after dropping an appeal of a careless-riding infraction handed to him in April at Aqueduct.

The battle for third in the jockey standings is between Manny Franco (34), Joel Rosario (31), and Javier Castellano (31).

Castellano was fined a total of $2,000 by the stewards for two infractions a day apart June 10-11.

◗ Belmont enjoyed a huge Father’s Day from a business standpoint, as all-sources handle Sunday was $10,555,372, a 40 percent increase over last year’s Father’s Day figure of $7,497,435. Ontrack handle was $2,046,554, a whopping 55 percent increase over last year’s figure of $1,318,743. Nine races were run on both days.

Attendance on Sunday was 12,605, a 46 percent increase over last year's crowd of 8,632.