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Irad Ortiz Jr. rides 3,000th winner at Belmont Park

146th Preakness Stakes

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - MAY 15: Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr rides Midnight Bourbon into the first turn during the 146th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 15, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK -- Irad Ortiz Jr. rode his 3,000th career winner in the fifth race at Belmont Park.

The 29-year-old jockey from Puerto Rico rode Saratoga Kisses to an 8 1/4-length victory for trainer and co-owner Rudy Rodriguez.

Ortiz is 15th on the career earnings list, totaling over $220 million in purses since his career began in 2011. According to racing database Equibase, Ortiz’s total wins include 92 from Puerto Rico.

He has won three consecutive Eclipse Awards as the nation’s top jockey, having led all North American riders in wins and earnings every year since 2017.

“I’m very competitive,” Ortiz said. “I love what I do. I come here and try to ride every race, every single day because that’s what I love.”

He earned his lone victory in a Triple Crown race aboard Creator in the 2016 Belmont Stakes.