Irad Ortiz, Jr. Wins Bill Shoemaker Award Second Straight Year For Breeders’ Cup Wins

Irad Ortiz Jr. won the 17th Annual Bill Shoemaker Award, given to the most outstanding jockey in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships hosted by Santa Anita Park.

The Shoemaker Award goes to the jockey who won the most races in the 14 World Championships races and Ortiz, the Shoemaker Award winner last year at Churchill Downs, led all riders with four victories this weekend.

Ortiz’s victories began in the first Championship race on Four Wheel Drive in Friday’s Juvenile Turf Sprint, Spun to Run in the Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile, Bricks and Mortar in the Longines Turf and capped it off in the finale with a score on Vino Rosso in the Longines Classic.

Two riders, Javier Castellano and Joel Rosario, had two victories each.

Castellano won the Juvenile Fillies on British Idiom on Friday and Belvoir Bay in Saturday’s Turf Sprint. Rosario’s victories came Saturday on Covfefe in the Filly & Mare Sprint and Uni in the TVG Mile.

The Shoemaker Award is named in honor of one of the greatest jockeys in the history of Thoroughbred racing. Bill Shoemaker, who captured the Kentucky Derby four times, won more than 8,800 races in a career that spanned more than 40 years. In 1987, at age 56, Shoemaker won the Breeders’ Cup Classic aboard Ferdinand at Hollywood Park.

Bill Shoemaker Award winners:

2003: Alex Solis

2004: John Velazquez

2005: Garrett Gomez

2006: Frankie Dettori

2007: Garrett Gomez

2008: Garrett Gomez

2009: Julien Leparoux

2010: Garrett Gomez

2011: John Velazquez

2012: Mike Smith

2013: Mike Smith

2014: John Velazquez

2015: Ryan Moore

2016: Mike Smith

2017: Javier Castellano

2018: Irad Ortiz Jr.

2019: Irad Ortiz Jr.

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