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Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Photo: NYRA/Adam Coglianese

Aqueduct's 2013-14 inner track meet concluded on Monday with brothers Irad Ortiz, Jr. and Jose Ortiz 1-2 atop the jockey standings for the second straight year and trainer David Jcobson securing his second straight NYRA meet title.


Irad Ortiz comfortably beat his brother 83-63. Cornelio Velasquez was third with 55 wins. On March 1, Irad Ortiz won a pair of stakes when he took the Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap with Teen Pauline and partnered with Jacobson to win the Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap with Strapping Groom. Earlier in the meet, Ortiz guided Teen Pauline to stakes wins in the Affectionately and Ladies Handicap. Ortiz also won the Grade 2 Jerome with Noble Moon, Evening Attire with Long River, and Stymie with Farhaan. Last year, Irad edged Jose 79-76 during the inner track meet.


Jacobson, who in 2013 set a NYRA record for wins in a single year and won the Aqueduct fall title, continued his strong run by winning 59 races, 13 more than runner-up Rudy Rodriguez. Linda Rice was third with 20 wins. In addition to winning the Tom Fool, Jacobson sent out Strapping Groom to a victory in the Gravesend Handicap with Junior Alvarado aboard. Jacobson was the dominant force in the older sprinter division, also taking the Grade 3 Toboggan with Candyman E and Hollie Hughes with Be Bullish. In addition, Jacobson was the third-leading owner with 14 wins.


Drawing Away Stable, who owns Strapping Groom and Be Bullish in partnership with Jacobson, was the leading owner with 30 wins. Michael Dubb was second with 22 wins.



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