The close-knit Ortiz brothers now have one thing else in widespread.
Eclipse Award-winning jockey Jose Ortiz stated Aug. 2 he’s parting methods with agent Jimmy Riccio and has enlisted Steve Speeding, who additionally represents his brother, three-time Eclipse Award winner Irad Ortiz Jr.
The transfer will grow to be efficient as soon as the third situation guide at Saratoga Race Course begins with the Aug. 17 card.
“I have been desirous about this for some time. My enterprise is just not what it was once, and I felt it was a great time to make a change,” Jose Ortiz stated. “It is by no means straightforward to do one thing like this. I have been with Jimmy a very long time, and he is been nice. We have achieved numerous nice issues collectively, and I recognize the entire issues he did for me. However I felt I wanted to make a change.”
Riccio and Ortiz have been a staff since 2012, when the native of Puerto Rico started using in the US.
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Realizing dashing by way of his brother, Ortiz stated he’s trying ahead to working along with his new consultant.
“I do know Steve very properly, and we now have a great relationship,” Ortiz stated. “I am enthusiastic about working with Steve, and hopefully we will go on and do nice issues collectively.”
Riccio stated he was upset by the transfer, however is trying ahead to discovering a brand new rider to work for and having fun with the same stage of success.
“I used to be shocked and upset, however I believe I am a great agent. We did some nice issues collectively, however I do know nothing is promised in life,” Riccio stated. “It is a robust day for me and my household. I did not see it coming. I believed Jose and I’d all the time be a staff. I will be excited to begin with somebody who desires to work with me. I hope I can get an opportunity to do some extra good in a recreation that I really like. I assume folks can get bored with one another. I recognize what we did collectively, however right here we’re.”
Jose Ortiz at present ranks fourth within the rider standings on the Saratoga meet with 13 wins, 9 behind his meet-leading brother.
Earlier this yr, he gained the Preakness Stakes (G1) aboard Klaravich Stables’ Early voting for coach Chad Brown. It was his second Triple Crown win, including to tapwrite ‘s rating within the 2017 Belmont Stakes Introduced by NYRA Bets (G1). He additionally has 5 Breeders’ Cup wins.
Since he began using in 2012, Ortiz has gained 2,541 races from 13,738 begins with earnings of $206,587,189.
He has 135 wins this yr, with earnings of $13,632,382, placing him ninth nationally in wins and fourth in earnings. His brother leads in each classes with 190 wins and earnings of $18,671,245.
The 28-year-old Ortiz was the main New York Racing Affiliation rider final yr with 185 wins. The Saratoga using champ in 2019, he obtained the Eclipse Award for the yr’s excellent jockey in 2017 when he gained 270 races and earned $27.3 million.