Born: October 2, 1993 in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
Record at Keeneland
Total Wins: 50
Stakes Wins: 4
First Grade 1 Win: 2013 Hopeful at Saratoga on Strong Mandate
First Stakes Win: 2013 Beru at Aqueduct on Let Me Entertain U
First Graded Stakes Win: 2013 Dwyer (G2) at Belmont aboard Moreno
First Career Win: (In Puerto Rico) Jan. 7, 2012, at Hipodromo Camarero on Dona Clara. (U.S.) March 21, 2012, at Aqueduct on Corofin
Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass
Won three stakes in 2018: Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on Good Magic and Kentucky Utilities Transylvania (G3) on Analyze It during the Spring Meet and Dixiana Bourbon (G3) on Current during the Fall Meet.
During the 2017 Spring Meet, won the Madison (G1) on Paulassilverlining.
First win came during the 2016 Fall Meet. Had ridden at Keeneland only eight times prior to then. Won a total of 10 races during the season.
Triple Crown win: 2017 Belmont (G1) on Tapwrit.
Breeders’ Cup wins (2): 2016 Juvenile Turf on Oscar Performance; 2017 Juvenile on Good Magic.
Received his first Eclipse Award as outstanding jockey for 2017.
North American career earnings exceed $127 million with 1,704 wins through Jan. 22, 2019.
Won the 1,000th race of his career on July 28, 2016, when he rode Moonlight Song to win the John Morrissey Stakes at Saratoga.
On the first seven races at Aqueduct on Jan. 20, 2013, he won three races and his brother Irad won four races.
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Jose and his year-older brother and frequent riding rival, Irad Ortiz Jr., are from Puerto Rico, where they graduated from the Escuela Vocacional Hipica jockey school. Their grandfather and an uncle also were jockeys.
Irad Ortiz moved to New York in 2011, and Jose began riding at Parx a year later. Jose soon relocated to New York and won with his first mount, Corofin, in March 2012 at Aqueduct. Today the brothers are among the most successful riders in Thoroughbred racing.
In 2016, Irad told Jeff Lowe of “America’s Best Racing” that he always competed against Irad, whether in baseball, basketball or horse racing. “That’s just what we do,” he said. “We’ve always competed, trying to beat each other. It’s still fun. We’re still very close. We share the same corner in the jockey’s room in New York and when we get done racing, he usually stops by my house, just about every day.”
Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr. mentors the Ortiz brothers.