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Ortiz became available when his scheduled mount, Hofburg, was withdrawn from consideration for the race on Sunday due to a temperature.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