August 7, 2012
Ortiz has long been a prominent jockey in Quarter Horse racing in the south, with major stakes wins in Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma. His career highlights include Grade 1 wins in the Dash For Cash Futurity (twice), Dash For Cash Derby, Heritage Place Futurity, Longhorn Futurity, Refrigerator Handicap, Retama Park Futurity, Sam Houston
Futurity, Bank of America Challenge Championship, Bank of America
Texas Championship Challenge, Bayer Derby Challenge Championship
and the Merial Distaff Challenge Championship, as well as Restricted Grade 1 races Lee Berwick Memorial Louisiana Bred Futurity (three times), LQHBA Futurity (twice), LQHBA Sale Futurity (four times).
Ortiz and his wife Priscilla have three children and reside in Floresville, Texas.
Speedhorse Magazine, in conjunction with The Jockeys' Guild, developed the Sam Thompson Memorial Jockey Award, modeling it after the popular George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in the Thoroughbred industry. The award is named in honor of jockey Sam Thompson, who died in a 2008 riding accident. One of the leaders in the jockeys’ room during his riding career, Thompson was a Jockeys’ Guild senator and the room representative at Los Alamitos and a council member of the Los Alamitos division of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America.
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