Keyword: danny vella

  • Most Inspiring First Winner for Gio Ponti

    Most Inspiring, from the first crop of three-time champion Gio Ponti, breaks her maiden in her first attempt July 31 at Woodbine, winning a six-furlong maiden special weight on the turf in 1:10.36.

  • Big Band Sound

    Grade II Winner Big Band Sound Retired

    Big Band Sound, a grade II winning son of Bernstein, has been retired, announced Richard Schultz, who owns the horse with Kendel Standlee. The 6-year-old Danny Vella trainee suffered a minor injury during training.

  • Hidden Brook, McMahons Plan Joint Ventures

    Lexington-based McMahon Bloodstock and Hidden Brook Farm in Paris are involved in a cooperative effort to bolster business for their individual companies during a time of economic challenges.

  • Cool Gator Posts Florida Derby Tune-Up

    Despite a "muddy" track at Gulfstream Park, Garland Williamson's Cool Gator and jockey Eddie Castro got to know each other the morning of March 24 with a five-furlong breeze, the final workout for the 3-year-old son of Macho Uno before the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) March 29.

  • Vella on His Own with Knights Templar

    Four years ago, when he was the farm trainer for Frank Stronach at Adena Springs South near Ocala, Fla., Danny Vella had the satisfaction of seeing former pupils Perfect Sting and Macho Uno win Breeders' Cup races. At this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Vella is seeking an even bigger thrill--training a winner of his own.

  • Macho Uno, shown winning the 2001 Pennsylvania Derby, is being aimed toward the Breeders' Cup Classic.

    Macho Uno Heading to Arlington

    Macho Uno, who has not run, nor worked, since his fourth-place finish in the Whitney Handicap, is currently at owner Frank Stronach's farm in Canada, where he will begin preparing for the Sept. 29 Washington Park Handicap at Arlington.

  • Red Bullet, winning last year's Preakness Stakes, is on the comeback trail.

    Preakness Winner Red Bullet on Comeback Trail

    Red Bullet, winner of the Preakness Stakes last year, has started back in light training at owner Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm in Ocala, and could be ready to return to the races by August at Saratoga. Farm trainer Danny Vella said the son of Unbridled is coming along great after suffering what was believed to be a hairline fracture last summer.

  • Macho Uno Could Be Back By Summer

    Stronach Stable's Macho Uno will not make it to the May 5 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), but he will not require surgery to get back to the racetrack. Last year's 2-year-old champion and Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner apparently is sore from bone-density immaturity.

  • Champion Macho Uno, who will be evaluated at a Lexington, Ky. clinic Wednesday.

    Champion Macho Uno Out of Derby Picture

    Macho Uno, last year's champion 2-year-old colt, will be sent to Rood & Riddle clinic in Lexington, Ky. Wednesday to be evaluated due to prolonged stiffness in his hind end, Adena Springs farm trainer Danny Vella told <i>The Blood-Horse</i> on Monday. "This will cost him time, and it's not our way of doing things to rush a horse who's not a hundred percent," Vella said.