Ortiz Sidelined Two Weeks


Irad Ortiz | Lauren King

Irad Ortiz, Jr., the leading rider at the current Belmont spring/summer meet, will be out of action for about two weeks after being unseated in Thursday's fifth race, agent Steve Rushing said. The 28-year-old, who has won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey for the past three years running, was transported to hospital for further evaluation and cleared.

“A CT scan and X-rays were negative,” said Rushing. “He will probably be out for two weeks.”

Ortiz was named to ride Known Agenda (Curlin) in Saturday's GI Belmont S. Trainer Todd Pletcher said a new rider for the GI Curlin Florida Derby winner would be named Saturday morning.

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