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Jockey Jose Ortiz wins a pair of $125,000 stakes at Aqueduct

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NEW YORK — Jockey Jose Ortiz won a pair of $125,000 stakes on Friday at Aqueduct.

Ortiz guided Loki’s Vengeance to a 7 1/4-length victory over Becker’s Galaxy in the New York Stallion Stakes.

The 5-year-old trained by Mike Hushion set the pace in the commanding win, his seventh in 22 starts. He paid $8.90 to win.

The time was 1:23.20 for the seven furlongs.

The finish was tighter in the Winter Memories for 3-year-old fillies on the turf as Ortiz guided My Impression to a rallying half length victory over Sassy Little Lila.

My Impression improved to 5-0-1 in nine starts for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey. She paid $7.50 to win as the 5-2 favorite.

Ortiz lost his bid for a stakes hattrick when Wilburnmoney ran sixth in the $100,000 Key Cents Stakes for 2-year-old fillies bred in New York.

Filibustin was the winner with Jose Lezcano aboard. She beat Overnegotiate by three lengths to keep her record unblemished at 3 for 3.

Trained by Greg Sacco, Filibustin paid $8.50 to win.

The time was 1:12.50 for the six furlongs.

Triple Crown winner Justify under observation at Del Mar

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DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Triple Crown winner Justify has re-located to Del Mar where trainer Bob Baffert is keeping him under observation after swelling in his left front ankle emerged two weeks ago.

Baffert says Justify will probably just walk around the stable area for the next two weeks at the track north of San Diego. The probable scenario for the colt is a return to racing sometime in the fall with the ultimate goal being the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in November.

“Right now, we’re just looking to get him 100 percent,” Baffert said Monday. “We’re in a holding pattern. I’d love to run him again because he’s so much fun and exciting to watch. We should know more in a couple of weeks.”

Justify has won all six starts in his brief career that began this year. He has won four straight Grade 1 races, including a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont to become horse racing’s 13th Triple Crown champion.

The colt hasn’t had a workout since the Belmont Stakes on June 9.

Funtastic wins Monmouth’s United Nations Stakes in 23-1 upset

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OCEANPORT, N.J. — Funtastic led all the way in a 23-1 upset Saturday in the $300,000 United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Chad Brown, the Eclipse Award winner the last two years as the nation’s leading trainer, got his third victory in the New Jersey’s biggest turf race. He won with Big Blue Kitten in 2013 and 2015.

The U.N. and the $1 million Haskell on July 29 are the two Grade 1 stakes at Monmouth.

Brown saddled four of the nine runners in the U.N. and ran 1-2 as Money Multiplier rallied to finish a half length behind Funtastic and jockey Antonio Gallardo.

The other two Brown horses were Silverwave (fifth) and Kurilov (eighth).

The time was 2:12.36 for 1 3/8 miles over the firm course.

Funtastic paid $48, $15.80 and $8.60. Money Multiplier, the 2-1 favorite, returned $4 and $2.80.

Bigger Picture, last year’s U.N. winner, was third, paying $5.80 to show.