HRR is ready to wish a warm welcome back to Irad Ortiz Jr.!
The champion jockey has been away from the track, recovering from a spill at Belmont Park that left him hospitalized. We refer you to our article on the story for more details.
The unfortunate incident happened just days before the Belmont Stakes, where Ortiz ended up missing out on a considerable amount of rides the weekend that followed.
Well, that's all behind him now (!) and we hope he's feeling his best when he climbs aboard his three horses on Thursday at Belmont Park, all trained by Rob Atras:
Thursday 6/17, Belmont Park
Race 2: #3 BEE BIT — Rob Atras
Race 3: #4 KREESIE — Rob Atras
Race 4: #7 TRASH TALKER — Rob Atras
Then, a more involved schedule on Friday with five mounts:
Friday 6/16, Belmont Park
Race 2: #5 DIVINE WINE — Chad Brown
Race 5: #4 KIKKERLAND — Saffie Joseph Jr.
Race 6: #7 COTTON — Mark Casse
Race 7: #8 LAURA'S BELLAMY — Todd Pletcher
Race 9: #10 BRAZILLIONAIRE — Linda Rice
The above photo was shared by Irad Ortiz Jr. on Monday, from his own Instagram Account via Live Stories:
Let's go Irad! Best of luck!
Source: Equibase, Instragram