Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. rides 3,000th career winner

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NEW YORK — Irad Ortiz Jr. rode his 3,000th career winner Thursday in the fifth race at Belmont Park.

The 29-year-old jockey from Puerto Rico rode Saratoga Kisses to an 8 1/4-length victory for trainer and co-owner Rudy Rodriguez.

Ortiz is 15th on the career earnings list, totaling over $220 million in purses since his career began in 2011. According to racing database Equibase, Ortiz’s total wins include 92 from Puerto Rico.

He has won three consecutive Eclipse Awards as the nation’s top jockey, having led all North American riders in wins and earnings every year since 2017.

“I’m very competitive,” Ortiz said. “I love what I do. I come here and try to ride every race, every single day because that’s what I love.”

He earned his lone victory in a Triple Crown race aboard Creator in the 2016 Belmont Stakes.

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