Update on Irad Ortiz Jr.
Jopckey Irad Ortiz Jr. has been released from the hospital and will take two weeks off from racing. The jockey sustained custs to his head and left forearm which required stitches, but his brother Jose Ortiz reported via Twitter that his x-rays were clean and shared a photo of his brother at home with his daughter.
When he fell from EQUAL PAY yesterday in Belmont's fifth race, he cracked his helmet and had his arm stepped on. He was released late Thursday night from the hospital with clean x-rays and CT scan. His agent, Steve Rushing, told DRF.com that he was "pleasantly surprised with how well Ortiz seemed to be doing."
Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. fell in the fifth race today at Belmont from EQUAL PAY, a first-time starter. The horse, trained by Chad Brown, had just taken the lead in her first start when they hit the three sixteenths pole and the filly took a bad step and catapulted Ortiz. It appeared that he may have been clipped by BROOK'S EDGE, Junior Alvarado's mount.
Ortiz was taken by a backboard and stretcher to the ambulance and taken to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. The NYRA reported that he was talking and moving his arms and legs. Jose Ortiz and Junior Alvarado both dismounted quickly and ran up to check on him.
We will update this story as more information becomes available. Irad's brother, Jose Ortiz, is scheduled to be on our The Player's Edge podcast.