Irad Ortiz, Jr. earned his third Bill Shoemaker Award following his two wins on Breeders’ Cup championship weekend. Ortiz won the GI Sprint aboard Whitmore (Pleasantly Perfect) and the GII Juvenile Turf Sprint with Golden Pal (Uncle Mo).
The Shoemaker Award goes to the jockey who won the most races in the 14 World Championship races with the tiebreaker being a 10-3-1 point system for second- through fourth-place finishes. Ortiz was one of five jockeys to win two races during the championship weekend. In addition to his two victories, Ortiz also had a second- and third-place finish, allowing him to outfinish Joel Rosario, Florent Geroux, John Velazquez and Pierre-Charles Boudot.
Ortiz also won the Shoemaker Award in 2018 and 2019.