Eclipse Award-winning jockey Jose Ortiz suffered a broken wrist Saturday, TVG's Gabby Gaudet reported, after the rider was tossed from first-time starter Atone prior to Gulfstream Park's third race.
Ortiz had walked the Godolphin homebred Atone on to the track for trainer Tom Albertrani when the Into Mischief colt bucked multiple times, finally throwing Ortiz to the dirt. Minutes later, Ortiz, whose goggles snapped in the incident, got a new pair and a leg up. Atone finished sixth in the seven-furlong race won by well-backed favorite Liam's Point.
Ortiz took off the rest of the card before TVG detailed his injury.
Tough news day. Per agent @RiccioJimmy Jose Ortiz has a small fracture in his wrist. He will visit a specialist early next week for further evaluation but will have to miss Saudi. These riders are incredibly tough. Positive thoughts to Jose and hoping he heals quickly.— Gabby Gaudet (@Gabby_Gaudet_) February 22, 2020
Entering Saturday, Ortiz ranked sixth in Gulfstream's jockey standings with 37 victories from 223 mounts. His brother, Irad Ortiz Jr., was the runaway leader with 98 winners so far during the Championship Meet.
Trainer Bill Mott said "we're receiving calls and calling to see what our options are" after learning Jose Ortiz had fractured his wrist and would not ride Tacitus in the Saudi Cup. "It's one of those situations you want a jock with lots of experience and battle proven"— Mike Welsch (@DRFWelsch) February 22, 2020