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Irad Ortiz, Jr. wins five at the Big A

By Jenny Kellner | 11/15/2013 05:04 PM ET
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
PHOTO/Adam Coglianese

Irad Ortiz, Jr. rode five winners at Aqueduct Racetrack on Friday afternoon to move into second place in the jockey standings for the fall meet.

The 21-year-old native of Trujillo, Puerto Rico, finished second with his first mount, then won with his next two, taking the second race with Bird House ($4) and the third with Voodoo Times ($8.80). After finishing in a dead-heat for fourth in the fourth race, Ortiz fashioned his own Pick 3, taking the fifth race aboard Canal Six ($6.50), the sixth on Royal Blessings ($9.40) and the seventh with Masasi ($6). He closed out his afternoon with a fourth-place finish in the eighth race.

Ortiz now has brought home 11 winners for the meet, which began on November 1. Javier Castellano leads the jockey standings with 14 victories, with Ortiz's younger brother, Jose, and veteran Cornelio Velasquez tied for third with 10 winners apiece.

Friday marks the second time in 2013 Ortiz has ridden five winners on a single card on The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit, having also done so on January 21 at Aqueduct.