NEW YORK — Jose Ortiz, the nation’s leading rider, won five races Friday at Aqueduct, including the $100,000 King’s Swan Stakes aboard Even Thunder.
He went 5 for 7 on the afternoon, extending his Big A lead to 34-20 over brother Irad Ortiz, Jr. It was his fourth time this year winning five races on a card, pushing his season total to 332.
“I’ll take it any day,” Ortiz said. “I tried to tie the record of six wins, but I’m very happy. It’s all about the horses. I had a good card and they showed up.”
The brothers finished 1-2 in the King’s Swan, with Even Thunder getting the nod by a head in the stakes for 2-year-olds.
It was the first race in New York for Even Thunder who launched his career with two wins in four starts at Canterbury Downs in Minnesota.
Now trained by Joe Orseno, Even Thunder ran the six furlongs in 1:11.12. He paid $7.40, $3.70 and $2.20.
Petrov was on the losing end of the photo finish, returning $3.10 and $2.30.
The Walk paid $2.60 to show.
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Prize Exhibit rallied from fifth with three furlongs remaining and won the $100,000 Megahertz Stakes for older fillies and mares by 1 1/4 lengths Monday at Santa Anita.
Ridden by Mike Smith, Prize Exhibit ran a mile on turf in 1:35.56 and paid $8.80, $4.40 and $3.40.
Ireland-bred Jeremy’s Legacy returned $9 and $4.60. The Mystic was another head back in third and paid $3.40 to show as the 3-1 second choice.
The Grade 3 victory, worth $60,000, increased Prize Exhibit’s career earnings to $637,045, with seven wins in 31 starts. She had been winless in 10 starts since capturing the Grade 2 Monrovia Stakes at the track a year ago.
“She can be tricky,” trainer Jim Cassidy said. “We’ve had to do a lot of different things with her and she’s just been happier lately.”
NEW YORK — Green Gratto held on to win the $125,000 Toboggan Stakes by a head on Monday at Aqueduct.
The 7-year-old set the pace under persistent pressure from Story to Tell. Green Gratto finally put away that rival in deep stretch, and had enough in reserve to fend off a final challenge from All Star Red.
The victory capped a big weekend at Aqueduct for jockey Kendrick Carmouche, who got three stakes wins in a four-day span.
The New Jersey-bred Green Gratto, owned and trained by Gaston Grant, earned his eighth win in 51 starts. The time was 1:10.74 for the six furlongs.
Green Gratto paid $7.30, $4.50 and $2.40 as the 5-2 second choice.
All Star Red returned $11 and $3.40, and Stallwalkin’ Dude, the 4-5 favorite, paid $2.10 to show.