Keyword: John Velazquez

  • Red Giant just gets past Stalingrad (hidden) to take the Fourstardave (gr. IIT) Aug. 3 at Saratoga. <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%3D5380084%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Red Giant Wins Fourstardave at the Wire

    A nearly 10-month layoff did not seem to bother Peachtree Stable's Red Giant, as the 4-year-old colt powered down the stretch under John Velazquez and caught Stalingrad just before the wire to win the $150,000 Fourstardave (gr. IIT) by a neck Aug. 2 on the Saratoga turf.

  • Indian Blessing cruises in the Test Stakes.<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%3D5369752%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Indian Blessing Cruises in Test

    Hal and Patti Earnhardt's homebred filly Indian Blessing, who began her remarkable career almost a year ago by breaking her maiden at Saratoga, returned for the first time Aug. 2 in the $250,000 Test Stakes (gr. I) and like she did in her debut, destroyed the competition. This time, the 3-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie won by seven lengths to earn the fourth grade I victory of her career.

  • Robby Albarado is one of a handful of riders that will play in a charity basketball game at Saratoga Aug. 7.

    Jocks, 6th Graders Battle in Round Ball

    In an effort to raise money for The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, the Race Track Chaplaincy of New York has organized a basketball game between members of the Saratoga jockey colony and the Texas Titans, a 6th grade Texas-based AAU team.

  • Commentator cruises towards his 2nd win in the Whitney Stakes.<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%3D5274581%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Commentator Up to Old Tricks in Whitney

    Three years after last winning the Whitney Handicap (gr. I), 7-year-old Commentator returned to the Saratoga winner's circle when he galloped to a surprisingly easy front-running victory in the $750,000 Spa fixture.

  • Indian Blessing takes the Prioress under John Velazquez.<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%3D5030846%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Prioress: Indian Blessing Back On Top

    Cutting back to six furlongs, Hal and Patti Earnhardt's Eclipse Award-winning filly Indian Blessing returned to the winner's circle for the first time since February, as she took over at the top of the stretch and drew away for a convincing five-length score in the $250,000 Prioress Stakes (gr. I) July 5 in the mud at Belmont Park.

  • Eight Belles <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%3D4394693%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Jockeys Pay Tribute to Eight Belles

    Jockeys honored the memory of Eight Belles by wearing stickers on their boots or mud pants May 16 and 17 at Pimlico, which was hosting the 133rd running of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and a variety of other graded races.

  • Derby Promotion Raises Funds for Charity

    A Kentucky Derby Day promotion facilitated by NetJets, the Jockeys' Guild, Churchill Downs, and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has raised $500,000 to benefit the NTRA Charities - Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Jockey John Velazquez will present the gift to representatives of the fund the morning of May 16 at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Run Away and Hide draws off in the Kentucky Stakes.

    Run Away and Hide Scores Kentucky Stakes

    Run Away and Hide stalked the early pace, took over just at the top of the lane, and drew clear to post a 2 1/2-length victory in the Kentucky Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) May 1 at Churchill Downs.

  • Alwajeeha (inside) gets her head down at the right time to take the Appalachian under John Velazquez.

    Alwajeeha Holds Off Rival in Appalachian

    Shadwell Stable's homebred Alwajeeha outdueled I Lost My Choo in deep stretch and then held off a late bid by Sweepstake, taking the $125,000 Appalachian Stakes (gr. IIIT) by a head April 16 on the Keeneland turf.

  • Mr. Nightlinger set fast fractions and held on to win the Shakertown (gr. IIIT) April 13 at Keeneland.

    Mr. Nightlinger Rolls to Shakertown Win

    Making his first turf start in more than a year, 21-1 longshot Mr. Nightlinger broke on top and never relinquished his lead, defeating 10 rivals to take the $125,000 Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT) by 1 3/4 lengths under Jamie Theriot April 13 at rainy Keeneland.

  • The 3-year old filly Charming, the first foal out of Take Charge Lady (shown), won her debut at Keeneland on April 10.

    Take Charge Lady Filly Wins in Debut

    During her racing days, Take Charge Lady was known as the "Queen of Keeneland." That moniker was branded as a result of the Dehere filly winning the Alcibiades (gr. II), Ashland (gr. I), as well as the Spinster Stakes (gr. I) on two occasions. So it was only fitting that the first foal out of the remarkable Take Charge Lady made her debut at the Lexington racetrack. And, it was also fitting that the regally-bred filly won.

  • Art Gray, inventor of Sure Reins

    Inside Track: Safety First

    <i> by Erin Nuckols</i> - In 1986, Art Gray watched one of his closest friends -- driver William "Billy" Haughton -- die due to injuries suffered in a harness racing collision at Yonkers Raceway. The accident happened about two months after another driver, Dave Dunckley, was killed at Roosevelt Raceway in a similar type of accident.

  • The Orchid Handicap (gr. IIIT) goes to the five-year-old mare Hostess, who won her first graded stakes in the process.

    Hostess Serves Up Win in Orchid 'Cap

    William Clifton Jr.'s Hostess received a perfect ground-saving trip from John Velazquez, struck the front with a half-furlong to go, and edged away to win the $150,000 Orchid Handicap (gr. IIIT) by a length March 30 on the turf at Gulfstream Park.

  • Commentator cruises in the Richter Scale.&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%3D3788789%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Commentator Destroys Richter Scale Foes

    Tracy Farmer's Commentator proved to be back in the top form he was nearly three years ago when he won the 2005 Whitney Handicap (gr. I), this time trouncing five rivals to take the $200,000 Richter Scale Sprint Handicap (gr. II) by 13 3/4-lengths March 8 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Mushka scores an impressive victory in the grade II Demoiselle Stakes on Nov. 24.&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%3D2859642%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    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.&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%3D2859656%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    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.