Keyword: John Velazquez

  • Velazquez 'Blessed' to be Back in the Saddle

    Jockey John Velazquez said he feels blessed to be back in the saddle so soon after suffering serious injuries during a race at Keeneland in April. He also is looking forward forward to piloting Bluegrass Cat, who was made the 3-1 morning-line favorite, in Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Take-Charge Jockeys Land Guild Senate Seats

    Many of the jockeys who were instrumental in overthrowing the controversial management team at the Jockeys' Guild last fall and moving the organization in a new direction were re-elected to the organization's senate after the ballots were counted June 5.

  • Velazquez Returns a Winner at Belmont Park

    Jockey John Velazquez returned a winner in his first start since being sidelined in an April 20 racing accident at Keeneland when he piloted Mr Sam I Am to a 2 3/4-length win for trainer Todd Pletcher in Belmont Park's fourth race on Friday.

  • In Last-Minute Change, Velazquez to Make Comeback at Belmont Park

    Jockey John Velazquez, originally planning a return to racing aboard the Todd Pletcher-trained Scat Daddy at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, will make his comeback Friday at Belmont Park instead. According to Velazquez's agent, Angel Cordero, the jockey's original mount scratched at Monmouth and will run Saturday at Belmont.

  • Jockey John Velazquez, rides at Monmouth Park Friday.

    Jockey Velazquez Says He Will Be '100%' By Belmont Day

    Two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey John Velazquez, who is scheduled to ride in his first race Friday since recovering from injuries suffered at Keeneland in April, says he will be at full strength by June 10 when he rides WinStar Farm's Bluegrass Cat in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Bluegrass Cat Breezes for Belmont Stakes

    Bluegrass Cat, the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runner up to Barbaro, breezed five furlongs over Belmont's main track Sunday morning in 1:00.30.

  • Bluegrass Cat Breezes for Belmont Stakes

    Bluegrass Cat, the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runner up to Barbaro, breezed five furlongs over Belmont's main track Sunday morning in 1:00.30.

  • Velazquez Hopes to be Riding Before Belmont

    Jockey John Velazquez, sidelined with a fractured right shoulder blade and cracked ribs after a Keeneland racing accident on April 20, said he may return to racing before the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 10.

  • Jockeys' Fund Unites Industry, But IHA Plan a Question

    The launch of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund is a clear sign the relationship between jockeys and other industry groups is improving, but they remain at odds over a proposal by some members of Congress to amend the Interstate Horseracing Act to provide insurance for jockeys and others who make their living at the racetrack.

  • Louisiana Jockey Bill Advances to Senate Floor

    An undisclosed agreement between Louisiana racetracks and the Jockeys' Guild caused the latter organization to take a neutral stand on a bill in the Louisiana Senate limiting the ability of riders to raise frivolous lawsuits.

  • Congressman Ed Whitfield, proposed funding plan for jockeys' insurance.

    Jockeys in Favor of Amending 'Horseracing Act'

    Eclipse Award-winning jockey John Velazquez said he would be in favor of an amendment to the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978 that would provide workers' compensation insurance for jockeys, exercise riders, trainers, and backstretch workers.

  • Jockey Garrett Gomez to ride for Todd Pletcher.

    Pletcher Says Gomez to Sub for Velazquez

    Jockey Garrett Gomez, currently riding in California, has been named to replace the injured John Velazquez as Todd Pletcher's first-call rider.

  • Jockey John Velazquez released from hospital after treatment for injuries suffered in Thursday fall at Keeneland.

    Velazquez to Miss Derby with Shoulder, Chest Injuries

    Jockey John Velazquez, injured when his mount broke down at Keeneland April 20, will miss the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) due to a fractured right shoulder blade and other injuries, according to Tristan Barry, an assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher.

  • Jockey John Velazquez lies on the turf Thursday at Keeneland after the horse he was riding broke down and fell after winning the Forerunner Stakes.

    Velazquez Injured After Colt Wins Forerunner

    Two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey John Velazquez remained hospitalized Thursday evening following a nasty spill in Keeneland's feature race, the Forerunner Stakes. The incident occurred when Velazquez's mount, Up an Octave (Brahms), broke down and fell less than a sixteenth of a mile after winning the $110,600 turf event for 3-year-olds.

  • Barbaro made reservations for May 6 with impressive Florida win.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Five Weeks or Bust

    Fresh is best. Those are the words Barbaro's trainer Michael Matz is living by. Whether he's right or wrong, you have to admire him for going against history and public opinion and sticking to his guns, much like another former equestrian rider, Tim Ritchey, did last with his unorthodox training of Afleet Alex.

  • 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.