Horse Racing

Irad Ortiz, Jr. Handed Five-Day Careless Riding Ban For Wednesday Royal Ascot Ride


Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. was handed a five-day ban for careless riding by stewards at Royal Ascot on Wednesday, according to the British Horseracing Authority’s website. Riding the favorite Love Reigns for trainer Wesley Ward in Wednesday’s Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, Ortiz allowed his mount “to drift left-handed without sufficient correction.”

The issue occurred approximately half a furlong after the start; it forced three runners off their lines and caused another horse to clip heels and nearly unseat the rider.

According to the BHA website, Ortiz will serve his suspension from June 29, 2022, through July 3, 2022, inclusive.

Ortiz also had issues at Royal Ascot on Tuesday with Ward’s sprinter Golden Pal in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes. The rider was watching a misbehaving horse behind the gates, not realizing the horse had been scratched, and was not prepared when the gates opened. Golden Pal thus missed the break, nearly unseating Ortiz, and after rushing up to the field wound up fading to finish last.

(Read more about that incident here.)

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