09/05/2016 2:26PM

Ortiz brothers start Belmont meet in penalty box

Barbara D. Livingston
Jose Ortiz, who won the Saratoga jockey title, will serve a suspension for the first three days of the Belmont meeting.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Brothers Jose and Irad Ortiz Jr. finished first and second in the Saratoga jockey standings, winning a combined 118 races through Sunday.

They will begin the Belmont fall meet on the sidelines, as both are serving suspensions incurred at Saratoga for careless-riding incidents.

Jose, who won his first Saratoga riding title, will miss the first three days of the Belmont meet for his ride aboard Paz the Wine, who finished fourth in the third race on Aug. 25. Paz the Wine bumped with Lem Me Dance, who won the race.

Irad, who finished second in the standings, will miss the first five days of the meet for his ride on Recruiting Ready, who finished second in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special but was disqualified to fourth for causing interference multiple times near the three-eighths pole, according to the stewards’ ruling.

Irad Ortiz will be permitted to ride starting Sept. 16.


Timothy Jones More than 1 year ago
Not a big fan of what the stewards decide is the reason for DQ but if a horse slams into another horse that's an unfair advantage and reason for taking him down   It would be a free for all if they didn't take the horse out of a win spot if the jockey forced another horse into the rail to win the race. It's not roller derby.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rico you got it right... Dq's should never affect the payouts. This has to be changed. Where is the commissioner of horse racing? Oh, that's right, there isn't one...
riconap More than 1 year ago
Increase penalties and redistribute purse money to aggrieved connections but leave the order of finish alone. The wagering public is not part of the racing establishment and its' components which are all connected parties with none of their rewards shared with the distinctly separate parimutuel operation. Keep the impact of the subjective decisions within the sphere of the  "club members" and away from the public - whose only interest is determining who gets to the wire first.
Michael Jacob More than 1 year ago
Good. He can take a needed vacation.