NEW YORK — Jose Ortiz rode four winners at Aqueduct Thursday, including heavily favored Ocean Knight in the $78,000 allowance feature.
The 2-5 choice, Ocean Knight was dropping into an easier spot after running 10th in the Cigar Mile over the Thanksgiving weekend.
The 5-year-old set the pace and got the job done, but the finish was closer than his backers would have preferred. Ocean Knight held on by a neck over 19-1 shot Praetereo for his fourth win in 11 starts.
The time was 1:39.88 for the mile.
Ocean Knight, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, paid $2.90, $2.50 and $2.10.
Praetereo returned $6.50 and $2.80. and Voluntario paid $2.10 to show.