Owner: Godolphin Racing
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
- *His sire, A.P. Indy, won the 1992 Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic and was named Horse of the Year
- * Out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Octave, both of whom were multiple Grade 1 winners
- * Made just one start in 2012, finishing fifth in his career debut Dec. 15 at Aqueduct
- * Broke his maiden on his fourth try, going a mile on Aqueduct’s inner track in 1:37.62 on March 16
- * An allowance winner on April 13, rallying to prevail by a nose, he was fifth, beaten less than a half-length for third, in the Grade 2 Peter Pan
Godolphin is the nom de course of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, 64, the prime minister and vice president of the United Arab Emirates and the ruler of Dubai, the second-largest of the seven states that comprise the UAE. He founded Emirates Airline and was the driving force behind the creation of the Dubai World Cup, first held in 1996. Darley is the breeding arm of Maktoum’s global operation, which includes stallions in the U.S., England, Ireland, Japan and Australia. In recent years, the elite Maktoum family horses have been concentrated under the Godolphin banner. Godolphin won the 2012 Eclipse Award as outstanding owner and Darley won the Eclipse as outstanding breeder.
The Lexington native dropped out of the University of Kentucky after his freshman year to begin a career in racing. After working for several trainers, he began serving under Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas in 1985 before leaving in 1992 to become agent for late jockey Chris Antley. He returned to training in late 1993, splitting time between Dubai and the U.S. until 2003. He has trained three horses to four Eclipse Award championships: Invasor, Horse of the Year and Top Older Male (2006), Lahudood, Top Turf Female (2007), and Questing, Top 3-Year-Old Filly (2012). He won the Belmont Stakes in his first try with Jazil in 2006, and dead-heated for first in the 2012 Travers with Alpha, one of McLaughlin’s four Grade 1 wins during the Saratoga summer meet. His lone meet title also came at Saratoga in 2008.
IRAD ORTIZ JR.
Just 20 years old, Ortiz will be aboard Incognito for the first time, replacing injured regular rider Mike Luzzi. Ortiz was born in Puerto Rico, where he attended jockey school and earned his first victory on Jan. 2, 2011 at Hipodromo Camarero. Won 76 races in his first six months before landing in the U.S. in August 2011. Hoping to follow in the footsteps of Fernando Jara and Alan Garcia, who were nurtured early in their careers by trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and each won a Belmont: Jara in 2006 for McLaughlin (Jazil) and Garcia in 2008 for trainer Nick Zito (Da’ Tara). Last summer, Ortiz won 15 races and nearly $1.8 million in purses at the six-week Saratoga meet, including his first three Grade 1s with Questing (CCA Oaks, Alabama) and Poseidon’s Warrior (A.G. Vanderbilt).
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