Keyword: John Velazquez

  • Mushka scores an impressive victory in the grade II Demoiselle Stakes on Nov. 24.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D2859642%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Patience Pays Off for Mushka

    Mushka's future looks bright after she came from last to first to win Aqueduct's $200,000 Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) by 4 1/2 lengths Nov. 24.

  • Now a Victor strolls home in the Discovery.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D2859656%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Now a Victor Triumphs in Discovery

    Now a Victor stalked the pace under John Velazquez and then wore down longtime leader Shopton Lane in the final sixteenth of a mile to take the $100,000 Discovery Handicap (gr. III) by a length on the main track at Aqueduct on Nov. 24.

  • Commentary: It's About Health

    <i>By - John Velazquez</i> - Recently, the Jockeys' Guild has taken two critical actions we believe will strengthen the organization for the long term. In addition, the state of California has enacted legislation vital to jockeys and the Guild.

  • English Channel pulls away to win the Breeders&#39; Cup Turf.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D2627024%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    English Channel Breaks Through in Turf

    English Channel pulled away from a tight pack coming out of the final turn and exploded through the stretch to win his first $3 million John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) in three tries, beating a field that included European star Dylan Thomas.

  • The much-awaited racing debut of The Green Monkey ends in 3rd place finish.

    The Green Monkey Finishes Third in First Start

    It was an inauspicious racing debut for The Green Monkey, who brought a world record $16-million at auction last year. The colt finished third, beaten seven lengths by the winner, Roi Maudit, in the fourth race at Belmont Park Sept. 15.

  • Man o&#39; War winner Doctor Dino, part of the initial European invasion.

    Steve Haskin's BC Countdown: The Invasion Begins

    A Spanish owner and a British trainer are overheard conversing in French following a grade I victory on turf. Welcome to the Belmont Park fall meeting. It is here that the best American grass horses and their trainers and owners get their annual reality check from Europe's advance guard.

  • Javier Castellano

    Two Jockeys Hurt, Horses Euthanized in Belmont Spill

    Two horses were euthanized and two riders were transported to the hospital after a spill in the fifth race at Belmont Park Sept. 13. They were Unrestricted, ridden by Javier Castellano, and Gruffles, under John Velazquez.

  • A Day At The Spa: Aug. 10, Jockeys Trounce Titans in Basketball Fundraiser

    Last night, the Jockeys got off to an aggressive start and left no doubt as to their agility, rattling the usually unflappable Texas Titans as they took control in the first quarter of the Aug. 9 New York Race Track Chaplaincy's Basketball Fundraiser for jockey Andrew Lakeman, who was paralyzed in a racing accident earlier this year.

  • Meeting with NYRA Starters, Jockeys at Saratoga a Success

    An Aug. 9 meeting among members of the racing industry and jockeys at Saratoga Race Course was a deemed a success by Bruce Johnstone, the New York Racing Association's manager of racing relations, as discussions took place over the recent issues before the starts of several races at the New York oval.

  • A Day At The Spa: Aug. 9, Hey Javier!

    See the twisted figure standing near the Oklahoma track? Yes, that's Javier Castellano, and it looks like he's attempting to master some absurd Yoga pose as he bends over backward with hands clasped above his head.

  • Ready&#39;s Image gives Pletcher and Velazquez another Saratoga win in Thursday&#39;s Sanford Stakes.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1826653%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Ready's Image Picture Perfect in Sanford

    Todd Pletcher trainee Ready's Image took advantage of an erratic performance by Fed Watcher to win the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) by four lengths Thursday at Saratoga Race Course for owner James Scatuorchio.

  • Octave holds off a closing Lear&#39;s Princess to take the Coaching Club American Oaks.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fgallery_id%3D11407%26sequencenum%3D0%26provider_id%3D368%26process%3Dgallery%26page%3Dthumbnails%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Octave Scales New Heights in CCA Oaks

    There may have been questions about Octave's winning desire after five consecutive runner-up efforts dating back to last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). But not after the quality filly made it back-to-back grade I victories Saturday in the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.

  • Distorted Reality powers home in the Lexington.

    Distorted Reality Gains Focus in Lexington Win

    Centaur Farm's Distorted Reality did exactly what trainer Todd Pletcher hoped he would do Sunday afternoon, and the result was a half-length victory for the 2-5 choice over Buddy's Humor in the $106,000 Lexington on the firm inner turf course at Belmont Park.

  • High Finance closes the deal with Tom Fool.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1608391%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    High Finance Rolls Over Commentator in Tom Fool

    High Finance left the grade I winner Commentator behind in the final furlong to win the $197,500 Tom Fool Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park Wednesday and register his first stakes victory for trainer Richard Violette Jr.

  • Derby Winner Calvin Borel has been nominated for an ESPY.

    Borel, Albarado Among ESPY Nominees for Top Jockey

    Calvin Borel, regular rider of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Street Sense, and Robby Albarado, rider of Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Curlin, head up this year's list of nominees for ESPN's ESPY Awards in the top jockey category.

  • Indian Vale and John Velazquez win the Fleur de Lis Handicap, Saturday at Churchill Downs.

    Indian Vale Slips Away in Fleur de Lis

    Melnyk Racing Stables' homebred Indian Vale, responding well to strong left-handed urging from John Velazquez, edged away from Asi Siempre in the final stages to win the $327,600 Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) by 1 1/2 lengths Saturday at Churchill Downs.

  • The Stephen Foster is the next assignment for Mineshaft winner Master Command, who is undefeated this year.

    Pletcher Pair Head Foster Line-Up

    Following his win with Rags to Riches in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), trainer Todd Pletcher has reloaded and sends out two horses, Master Command and Magna Graduate, who have big shots to take down Saturday's $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

  • Ashland winner Christmas Kid goes after the Acorn Saturday.
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    Christmas Kid, Cotton Blossom Chase Acorn Victory

    Eighty minutes or so before the sport's top 3-year-olds battle it out in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, some of racing's fastest and classiest three-year-old fillies - including Christmas Kid, Cotton Blossom, and Boca Grande - will meet in the 77th running of the Acorn Stakes (gr. I).

  • Oaks winner Rags to Riches joins the Belmont cast.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1359368%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Steve Haskin's Belmont Report: Belmont Gets Richer With Addition of 'Rags'

    The suspense was so thick, you could cut it with a...Well, maybe it wasn't quite that thick, but at least there was a some anticipation to see what Todd Pletcher was going to do regarding Rags to Riches' status in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). After putting off his decision as long as possible, he finally made the announcement at 9:30 Tuesday morning.

  • Gallorette Handicap Could Be 'Catfight'

    Precious Kitten, coming off a second-place finish in the April 14 Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IIT) at Keeneland, will face down A True Pussycat when a field of 11 fillies and mares goes postward for Saturday's 1/16-mile Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Pimlico on the Preakness undercard.

  • Jacksons Purchase Saddle Worn by Barbaro

    The saddle worn by Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro and purchased at the Mint Jubilee auction by Dwight Manley for $220,000 May 4, was purchased privately by Roy and Gretchen Jackson a few moments later.

  • Safari Queen Glides Home in Bewitch

    Heavily favored Safari Queen accelerated to the lead entering the stretch en route to a decisive two-length victory in the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) for older fillies Wednesday at Keeneland.

  • Audacious Chloe Works Hard to Win Appalachian

    Strong favorite Audacious Chloe led the field every step of the way to win the $115,700 Appalachian Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the Keeneland turf course Sunday, handing the dominating duo of trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez one more stakes victory.

  • Master Command Dominates 3 Rivals in NJC 'Cap

    Aaron and Marie Jones' Master Command made short work of three overmatched rivals when he drew off to win the $250,000 National Jockey Club Handicap (gr. III) at Hawthorne by a convincing 3 3/4 lengths Saturday, helping him to eclipse $1 million dollars in earnings.

  • Pletcher, Velasquez Win Gulfstream Park Titles

    Gulfstream Park closes its 2007 racing season Sunday with Eclipse-winning trainer Todd Pletcher capturing his fourth consecutive title at the South Florida track. Jockey Cornelio Velasquez has sealed his first riding title.

  • Magna Graduate earns honors in Excelsior win.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D979269%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Magna Graduate Passes Excelsior BC Test

    Corinthian, after jumping in the air at the start, never reached contention, leaving the Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) for second choice Magna Graduate under a picture perfect ride from John Velazquez for trainer Todd Pletcher.

  • Cassydora Gets Grade for Pletcher in Hillsborough

    Jockey John Velazquez and trainer Todd Pletcher teamed for back-to-back stakes victories at Tampa Bay Downs Saturday when Green Hills Farm's favored Cassydora made every pole a winning one in the $150,000 Hillsborough Stakes (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares on the turf.

  • Circular Quay wins Louisiana Derby with five-wide move on far turn.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D866216%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Circular Quay Takes Orbit in Louisi

    Favored Circular Quay, able to avoid the traffic issues he encountered in the Risen Star (gr. III) one month ago, circled the field five wide coming off the far turn under John Velazquez and rallied impressively to win the $594,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds Saturday.

  • Magna Graduate scores impressive win in Oaklawn&#39;s Razorback BC &#39;Cap.

    Magna Graduate Aces Razorback Test

    Magna Graduate, trained by two-time Eclipse trainer Todd Pletcher and ridden by two-time Eclipse jockey John Velazquez, challenged the pacesetting Jonesboro at the head of the stretch, and drew off in the final furlong for a 1 3/4- length victory in the $150,000 Razorback Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park.

  • Circular Quay Leads Field for Louisiana Derby

    Michael and Doreen Tabor's Circular Quay has been installed as the 9-5 morning-line favorite in a field of eight 3-year-olds for the 94th running of the $600,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds Race Course March 10.

  • Champion Wait a While, won the Honey Fox Handicap in her 2007 debut.

    Wait's Worth it for Filly Champion in Honey Fox

    Arindel Farm's Wait a While, last year's Eclipse Award winner as the nation's top 3-year-old filly, started her 2007 season in fine style, going virtually gate to wire to win the $100,000 Honey Fox Handicap (gr. IIIT) as the prohibitive favorite on the Gulfstream Park turf Sunday.

  • Overlooked Scat Daddy scampered to victory in the Fountain of Youth.

    Scat Daddy's Late Scamper Wins Fountain of Youth

    Scat Daddy, somewhat overlooked in trainer Todd Pletcher's rich stable for this year's Triple Crown trail, stormed from far back to tag the tough-luck loser Stormello by a nose in the final stride of Saturday's $350,000 Fountain of Youth (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park.

  • Richter Scale BC Owned by Half Ours

    Favored Half Ours remained unbeaten in five starts when he staved off the hard-charging Park Avenue Ball in the closing strides to take the $225,000 Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Sprint Championship Handicap (gr. II) by a half-length at Gulfstream Park Saturday.

  • Audacious Chloe (left) and John Velazquez move past Dreaming of Anna to win the Gaily Gaily Stakes.

    Audacious Chloe Too Much for 'Anna in Gaily Gaily

    Audacious Chloe handed Dreaming of Anna her first defeat on the turf Sunday in the $76,500 Gaily Gaily Stakes, outfighting the champion 2-year-old filly of 2006 over the final furlong by a half-length at Gulfstream Park.

  • Any Given Saturday adds his name to the list of Derby Trail winners with Sam Davis victory.

    Any Given Saturday Clearly Best in Sam Davis

    WinStar Farm's Any Given Saturday went off at odds of 1-5 in his 3-year-old debut Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs. He gave his supporters little reason for concern with a 2 3/4-length triumph in the $146,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes.

  • Master Command, with John Velazquez up, wins the Mineshaft Handicap, Saturday at Fair Grounds.

    Master Command Sails in Mineshaft Win

    Odds-on choice Master Command left the tiring Purim approaching the eighth pole and cruised to victory in the $194,000 Mineshaft Handicap, the first of four successive grade III races on the Fair Grounds program Saturday.