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Thumb_grening David Grening , 2018-08-20 - DRF Live Posted : Aug 20, 2018, 8:24 AM

Irad Ortiz Jr. to ride Wonder Gadot in Travers

Irad Ortiz Jr. wasn’t without a Travers mount for long.

Ortiz, the leading rider at Saratoga with 39 wins through Sunday, will ride the filly Wonder Gadot in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga, trainer Mark Casse said Monday morning.

Ortiz became available when his scheduled mount, Hofburg, was withdrawn from consideration for the race on Sunday due to a temperature.

John Velazquez had ridden Wonder Gadot to victories in the Queens Plate and Prince of Wales Stakes and a second in the Kentucky Oaks. Velazquez is committed to ride Vino Rosso in the Travers for his main client, Todd Pletcher.