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Irad Ortiz, Smith to ride at Kentucky Downs for first time
by Jennie Rees

Averaging $2 million a day in purses, Kentucky Downs is luring the most accomplished riders from New York and California along with the already deep Kentucky colony. Nine of America’s top 10 riders by 2020 purse earnings will be at the meet. “We already had one of the most talented riding colonies in the world, but this year it’s going to be absolutely incredible,” said Ted Nicholson, Kentucky Downs’ senior vice president and general manager.

Tags: jockeys Kentucky Downs Mike Smith Irad Ortiz Jose Ortiz John Velazquez Javier Castellano Umberto Rispoli Flavien Prat Kiaran McLaughlin Luis Saez Ron Anderson Ted Nicholson
Muqtaser can pad McLaughlin's Kentucky Downs stats
by Jennie Rees

Native Kentuckian Kiaran McLaughlin has run only three horses before at Kentucky Downs. But one of those was a victory in the 1999 running of the Kentucky Turf Cup with Shadwell Stables' Fahris.