06/26/2014 10:49AM

Ortiz expected to ride Thursday after three-horse spill


ELMONT, N.Y. – Irad Ortiz Jr., who was taken to North Shore Hospital following an ugly three-horse spill in Wednesday's eighth race at Belmont Park, was released that evening without any serious injuries and amazingly was expected to ride Thursday, according to his agent, Steve Rushing.

"I just spoke with Irad," Rushing said Thursday morning. "He feels good and plans to ride."

Ortiz was aboard Roses for Romney in the seven-furlong race over the Widener turf. She was back in the pack along the inside when she clipped heels and fell heavily to the ground, suffering a fatal injury. Roses for Romney raced for Lawrence Goichman and trainer Christophe Clement.

When Roses for Romney fell, she wiped out Ear D' Rhythm, who also fell and threw jockey Cornelio Velasquez to the turf. Violet Hour could not avoid the fallen horses in front of her and also fell, losing her rider, John Velazquez. Ear D' Rhythm is trained by Rudy Rodriguez, and Violet Hour is trained by Todd Pletcher.

Velasquez and Velazquez were both checked out at Belmont's first-aid department and cleared to ride.

Ear D' Rhythm and Violet Hour each got to their feet after the spill, ran off, and were caught. On Thursday morning, it appeared neither was seriously injured.

Ear D' Rhythm had some "little cuts," according to Rodriguez, who said he didn't think she would be away that long.

Violet Hour emerged from the incident "unscathed," according to Pletcher, who added, "We were very fortunate."

Mike Roden More than 1 year ago
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James Mcrae More than 1 year ago
its a dangerouse way to make a living these guys go through hell just to make weight let alone being stepped on or crushed on the track an excersise rider was killed the other morning at woodbine yea tough way to make a living a take my hat off to all the jockeys men and ladies too youre tough as nails
Len Willschick More than 1 year ago
It is not that this came totally out of the blue. Following is part of the DRF chart comment on Roses for Romney from her previous race on May 31 -"Roses for Romney keen to go in the early stages out of the dogged legged chute, fought the bit a bit rank under restraint and was wrangled off heels straightening down the backside" etc. Well I guess this time she wasn't successfully "wrangled off heels". Maybe someone should be held accountable?
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
Len, get a life, its horse racing.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
then that's the problem people like you how you view things. It's horse racing so does it mean the horse life has little value?
Rodney More than 1 year ago
a test
Lisa Yanoschak More than 1 year ago
So sad! I was there and watched the whole thing. I wasn't sure which Jockey was taken to the hospital via ambulance and of course Roses for Romney was put down. That's my second experience seeing something like this and it's heart wrenching to see Jockey's getting hurt as well as the horses.
seattle More than 1 year ago
What was the fatal injury? We know it was fatal, and the horse had to be euthanized, but what was the injury? Broken back? Neck? Leg?