• The week’s significant milestones, facts and figures
3,000 Irad Ortiz
USA: A big day for reigning Eclipse Award-winning jockey Irad Ortiz at Belmont Park on Thursday [Oct 7] when he partnered maiden claimer Saratoga Kisses to an eight-length score in the fifth race for his 3,000th career success in North America.
Ortiz, 29, stands 15th on the all-time list in prize-money terms, with more than $220m banked since he began riding in 2011. His career total includes 92 wins from his native Puerto Rico.
Three times annual leading rider on the NYRA circuit (2014, 2015 and 2017), Ortiz has won nearly 20 meet titles at Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga and is now chasing a fourth successive Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding jockey. He stands second to Joel Rosario in prize-money for 2021 but leads the way in races won with 288.
“I’m very competitive,” said Ortiz, who partnered Letruska to win the G1 Spinster at Keeneland on Sunday. “I love what I do. I come here and [try] to ride every race, every single day because that’s what I love.”
127 Colin Keane
Ireland: With three weeks of the season still to go, champion jockey Colin Keane established a new Irish record with his 127th winner of 2021 at the Curragh on Sunday [Oct 10].
Keane, 27, is already assured of his third jockeys’ title. He rode a double on Sunday’s card, breaking Joseph O’Brien’s 2013 record of 126 winners when Power Under Me justified favouritism for trainer Ger Lyons in the Listed Testimonial Stakes, 35 minutes before Pretty Boy Floyd took him onto 128 in the 5f handicap.
50 Charlie Appleby
GB: Amid a personal annus mirabilis, Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby has nosed ahead of Andrew Balding in the UK trainers’ title race, which is decided on prize-money. He trained his 50th G1 winner with Native Trail’s Dewhurst victory.
5 Verry Elleegant
Australia: After winning five G1 races, star racemare Verry Elleegant has been named Australian Horse of the Year for 2020-21.
Now a six-year-old, Very Elleegant won the Winx Stakes, Caulfield Cup, Turnbull Stakes, Chipping Norton Stakes and Ranvet Stakes during an outstanding campaign in which a famous rivalry developed with William Haggas-trained Addeybb.
Verry Elleegant’s trainer Chris Waller won Racing NSW’s prestigious Bart Cummings Medal for the 11th successive year. On a national level, Waller clinched the champion G1 trainer award, while James McDonald led the way among jockeys.
GB: The legendary Frankel sired the 20th individual G1 winner of his young stud career on Friday [Oct 8] when Inspiral cemented her status as favourite for next year’s 1,000 Guineas with an impressive victory in the bet365 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket.
The son of Galileo, who stands at Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor base, is the sire of Adayar and Hurricane Lane, respective winners of the Derby at Epsom and the Curragh. He leads the UK/Irish sires’ table for 2021.