Keyword: John Velazquez

  • Honey Ryder Looks Sweet in Orchid Repeat

    Even-money favorite Honey Ryder soared past Noble Stella near the furlong pole and drove to a powerful victory in the $150,000 Orchid Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares on the Gulfstream Park turf Saturday.

  • Utopia Gives Japan Godolphin Mile Win

    Utopia made all under jockey Yutaka Take to claim the $1 million Godolphin Mile (UAE-II) by four lengths for Japan Saturday night at Nad Al Sheba.

  • Ready's Gal Heavenly in Hillsborough Victory

    Ready's Gal, trained by Todd Pletcher, scored her second graded stakes victory with a 1 1/4-length win over favored Amorama in the $137,500 Hillsborough Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the turf for older fillies and mares at Tampa Bay Downs.

  • Bushfire Too Hot to Handle in Florida Oaks

    Bushfire, under John Velazquez, shook off a last-place trip in the Davona Dale stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 4 and scored a three-quarter length victory in the $200,000 Florida Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday.

  • Bushfire Too Hot to Handle in Florida Oaks

    Bushfire, under John Velazquez, shook off a last-place trip in the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 4 and scored a three-quarter length victory in the $200,000 Florida Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday.

  • The late Bob Lewis honored by NY Turf Writers.

    Saint Liam, Bob Lewis Win NY Turf Writer Awards

    Saint Liam, who clinched his Horse of the Year campaign with a solid victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) at Belmont Park, led the list of 2005 award winners announced March 15 by the New York Turf Writers' Association.

  • English Channel and John Velazquez win the Canadian Turf 'Cap.

    English Channel Rolls On in Canadian Turf

    James Scatourchio's 4-year-old English Channel, making his first start since finishing fifth in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), drove to a three-quarters of a length victory in the $100,000 Canadian Turf Handicap Saturday at Gulfsteam Park.

  • Jockey John Velazquez, sticking with Bluegrass Cat.

    Velazquez to Stick With Bluegrass Cat

    After agonizing for days whether to ride Bluegrass Cat in the March 18 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) or Keyed Entry in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) the same day, John Velazquez and agent Angel Cordero decided to stick to their commitment and ride WinStar Farm's Bluegrass Cat.

  • Harlington(4) and John Velazquez hold off It's No Joke (1) to win the Gulfstream Park Handicap.

    Harlington's Talent Apparent in Gulfstream 'Cap Win

    The first graded stakes win for Melnyk Racing Stable's $2.8 million colt Harlington was a long time in coming, but the 4-year-old got the job done while fully extended for John Velazquez to win the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) over a strong field.

  • Bandini to Return Wednesday at Gulfstream

    Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's 4-year-old Bandini was nominated to Saturday's $200,000 Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. II), but trainer Todd Pletcher will let the talented colt get his season started in a one-mile allowance/optional feature Wednesday at Gulfstream Park instead.

  • Bluegrass Cat and John Velazquez win the Sam F. Davis.

    Bluegrass Cat Scratches Out Sam Davis Win

    WinStar Farm's homebred Bluegrass Cat kicked off his 3-year-old campaign with a dogged victory over 63-1 shot Deputy Glitters in the $121,000 Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs Saturday.

  • Keyed Entry (2), with John Velazquez up, upset favored First Samurai to win the Hutcheson Stakes, Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

    Keyed Entry Slams Door on First Samurai

    Making his stakes debut, Keyed Entry repelled the 3-5 favorite First Samurai in the stretch to post a determined win in the Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds on a sloppy Gulfstream Park main track Saturday.

  • Wait a While and jockey John Velazquez win the Davona Dale Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

    After Delay, Wait a While Puts Rivals Away

    Arindel Farm's Wait a While, running for the Eclipse Award-winning duo of trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez, demolished her six rivals in Saturday's $150,000 Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at sloppy Gulfstream Park.

  • Jockey Russell Baze winningest rider of 2005.

    Baze, Asmussen Top Nation in Wins in 2005

    Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze and Texas-based trainer Steven Asmussen wrapped up the 2005 season as North America's leading jockey and trainer by wins.

  • Bluegrass Cat Repels 'Bull, Wins Remsen

    WinStar Farm's homebred Bluegrass Cat, the 3-5 favorite, withstood a serious threat from Flashy Bull in the deep stretch and drew away from the stubborn challenger to win the 92nd running of the $200,000 Remsen (gr. II) for 2-year-olds at Aqueduct Saturday.

  • Magna Graduate, right, narrowly defeats Suave, center, to win the Clark Handicap.

    Pletcher Strikes Again With Magna Graduate

    On a day that Todd Pletcher set the North American earnings record for trainers, an ultra-game Magna Graduate proved to be his cherry on top, winning the $573,500 Clark Handicap (gr. II) at chilly Churchill Downs Friday by a head over Suave.

  • John Velazquez, surpassed Jerry Bailey's season earnings mark.

    Velazquez Sets Jockey Season Earnings Mark

    Jockey John Velazquez attained the highest mark in yearly purses ever won by a North American-based jockey with his third-place finish aboard India in the $105,200 Valley Stream Stakes Sunday at Aqueduct. Through Nov. 20, last year's Eclipse Award-winning jockey has $23,355,830 in purse earnings.

  • Gertmenian vows to honor promise not to quit over controversy.

    Gertmenian: 'It Has to Go on Somebody's Head'

    As members of the Jockeys' Guild senate attempt to get a handle on the organization's financial situation and prepare for a possible vote on a management change, embattled president Dr. Wayne Gertmenian indicated he intended to follow through on a promise to Guild members that he wouldn't quit.

  • Gertmenian asked to step down.

    Guild Rep Haire Calls for Gertmenian's Resignation

    Darrell Haire, one of the more recognizable faces of the Jockeys' Guild as a national member representative who often appears at industry meetings on behalf of riders, on Nov. 9 called for the immediate resignation of Guild president Dr. Wayne Gertmenian.

  • Indian Vale Sneaks Away in Turnback the Alarm

    Indian Vale's chances to win her first graded stakes race were improved dramatically with the scratches of Shebelongstoyou and Personal Legend and the Melnyk Racing Stables homebred took full advantage to capture the $105,800 Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) by 9 1/2 lengths Saturday at Aqueduct.

  • Guild Senate to Meet; Management on the Block

    Members of the Jockeys' Guild senate have called a special meeting for Nov. 15 to decide whether to remove the current board of directors, elect a new board, and replace the management team headed by Dr. Wayne Gertmenian and his company, Matrix Capital Associates. The jockeys who issued the release left little doubt they want a change.

  • Bluegrass Cat Goes to School in Nashua Win

    WinStar Farm's Bluegrass Cat continued his education at Belmont Park on Friday afternoon, winning the $113,300 Nashua (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at a mile by 1 1/4 lengths over outsider Political Force.

  • Jockeys' Guild Board Begins 'Internal Investigation'

    The board of directors of the Jockeys' Guild will begin examining the organization's financial records at its office in Southern California, but members haven't made a decision on the status of Matrix Capital Associates, the entity that manages the Guild.

  • Honey Ryder Makes Beeline in E.P. Taylor

    The powerhouse jockey/trainer tandem of John Velazquez and Todd Pletcher shipped Honey Ryder to Woodbine Sunday to take the $1 million E.P. Taylor Stakes (Can-I) in game fashion.

  • Vicarage takes the Perryville, Friday at Keeneland.

    Vicarage Crushes Field in Perryville Stakes

    Vicarage took the lead after a quarter mile and drew away to a 10-length victory in the $200,000 Perryville Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds Friday at Keeneland.

  • Magna Graduate wins the Pegasus Stakes at the Meadowlands.

    Magna Graduate Takes Pegasus Honors

    Elisabeth H. Alexander's Magna Graduate took command turning for home and held 54-1 shot Crown Point at bay through the lane to take the $250,000 Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) at the Meadowlands on Friday, opening night of the 2005 Thoroughbred season.

  • Jockey John Velazquez wins the Atto Mile aboard Leroidesanimaux, Sunday at Woodbine.

    Leroidesanimaux Roars to Atto Mile Crown

    Prior to Sunday's Atto Mile (gr. IT), the biggest knock on TNT Stud's Leroidesanimaux is that all of his previous North American wins had been relatively close races. In winning his eighth straight, the Bobby Frankel pupil took care of that with an authoritative performance on a soft course at Woodbine.

  • Smokey Glacken glided to a two-length victory in the Floral Park Handicap,  Saturday at Belmont.

    Smokey Glacken Fires in Floral Park

    Susan and John Moore's favored Smokey Glacken assumed command soon after the start and glided to a two-length victory in the $109,000 Floral Park Handicap (gr. III) Saturday at Belmont Park, her first graded stakes win since November 2003.

  • Luas Line wins Garden City 'Cap.

    Luas Line Finds Garden Spot at Belmont

    Irish invader Luas Line found Saturday's modest offering of three opponents in the $260,000 Garden City Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) much more to her liking than her previous American visit. She buried odds-on choice My Typhoon in the stretch for an easy victory on the Belmont Park lawn.

  • Edgar Prado takes riding title with 44 wins at the Spa.

    Prado Reflects On Saratoga Riding Title

    When Edgar Prado completed a successful meet at Belmont Park this July, he didn't take much time to reflect on the 85-win season. Less than six weeks after shifting his tack to Saratoga Race Course, he scored his final victory for the Saratoga season to take the riding title with 44 wins out of 231 starts.

  • Honey Ryder, left, captures the Glens Falls Stakes ahead of Film Maker on closing day at Saratoga.

    Honey Ryder's Sweet Trip Wins Glens Falls

    Glencrest Farm's Honey Ryder enjoyed an ideal trip behind a slow early pace and held off rallying favorite Film Maker to score a neck victory in the $109,200 Glens Falls Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares on closing day Monday at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Happy Ticket punches out convincing win on muddy course.

    Louisiana Lightning Strikes in Muddy Ballerina

    The Louisiana invader Happy Ticket made short work of the field in Sunday's $250,000 Ballerina (gr. I) for fillies and mares at muddy Saratoga Race Course, pulling away in the final furlong for her 10th win in 11 career starts.

  • Flower Alley claims first Travers win for Pletcher & Velazquez.

    Flower Alley Glows Brightest in Travers

    Flower Alley overtook a sharp Bellamy Road approaching the eighth pole and edged away to win Saturday's $1 million Travers (gr. I) and give the dominating duo of trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez a first victory in the Midsummer Derby.

  • Leroidesanimaux makes it seven in-a-row with pacesetting Fourstardave win.

    Leroidesanimaux Extends Streak in Fourstardave

    Pacesetting Leroidesanimaux had things all his own way with John Velazquez in the irons Saturday to win the $200,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Saratoga turf for the Brazilian bred's seventh straight victory.

  • Adirondack winner Folklore looks to grab second Spa win in Friday's Spinaway Stakes.

    Folklore Seeks Larger Story in Spinaway

    A cast of seven fillies will line up for distinction Friday in the 114th running of the Spinaway Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds at Saratoga. Last month's Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) winner over the track, Folklore, looks to join 2004 Spinaway winner Society Selection and 2003 star Ashado, both of whom used this race as a springboard to grade I Spa glory.

  • Suave makes it look easy in Spa Cup win.

    Confident Suave Pulls Away in Spa Cup

    Jay Em Ess Stable's homebred Suave overcame a stumbling start to give trainer Paul McGee his first Saratoga graded stakes victory, carrying jockey John Velazquez to a 2 ¾-length victory in the $245,000 Saratoga Breeders' Cup (gr. II) at 10 furlongs before a crowd of 55,503.

  • Pletcher, Vicarage Looking for Amsterdam Win

    Trainer Todd Pletcher has a host of Saratoga stakes wins to his credit and hopes to add one more to the list when he saddles Vicarage in Sunday's $150,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II), going six furlongs.

  • Bad Step Costly as 'Splendor Wins 'Liberty

    A bad step just yards from the wire by pacesetter Avery Hall proved costly Thursday at Saratoga Race Course as favored Karakorum Splendor rallied in the final strides to win the $250,000 Statue of Liberty Division of the New York Stallion Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by a nose.

  • Stephen Foster winner Saint Liam set for Saturday's Whitney.

    Saint Liam Looms in Whitney Handicap

    A field of eight older horses is set to line up for Saturday's 78th running of the prestigious Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga. Won by Roses in May in thrilling fashion over Perfect Drift in 2004, this year's edition includes division leader Saint Liam--with trainers Nick Zito and Todd Pletcher entering two starters each.

  • Ashado adds to magical weekend at Spa for Pletcher and Velazquez with decisive Go for Wand win.

    Ashado Leaves No Doubt in Go for Wand

    Jockey John Velazquez turned Ashado loose in the upper stretch, and the champion filly demolished the field in Sunday's $245,000 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. I) before a crowd of 51,982 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Flower Alley gives team of Todd Pletcher & John Velazquez third straight Jim Dandy win.

    Pletcher's Budding Star Wins Jim Dandy

    The only graded stakes winner in Saturday's $500,000 Jim Dandy (gr. II), budding Flower Alley outclassed his 3-year-old foes at Saratoga Race Course to establish himself as one of the favorites for the upcoming Travers (gr. I).

  • Sand Springs effortless in Diana win.

    Sand Springs Steps Lightly to Win Diana

    Favored Sand Springs, with John Velazquez aboard, dictated the pace into the stretch before pulling away to an easy victory in the $500,000 Diana Handicap (gr. IT) on the inner Saratoga turf course Saturday.

  • English Channel Rolls to Virginia Derby Win

    John Velazquez mirrored tactics used in his Colonial Turf Cup win three weeks ago in Saturday's $750,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIIT) and produced the same result. With a 3 1/4-length romp, trainer Todd Pletcher's turf standout now has captured two legs of the $5 million Grand Slam of Grass.