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  • Verrazano wins the Haskell Invitational.
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    Verrazano Dazzles With Easy Haskell Victory

    Verrazano led the 3-year-old ranks this spring, and after his thorough demolishing of a good field in the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational July 28 at Monmouth Park, it looks like he's back on top.

  • NYRA Chief Meets With Locals in Saratoga

    After meeting with the media earlier in the day July 17, New York Racing Association president and chief executive officer Chris Kay made his first public appearance at the annual Saratoga Race Course meet preview.

  • Wise Dan and John Velazquez take the Firecracker Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2605311988&k=RT9XjMr">Order This Photo</a>

    Wise Dan Squeezes Out Soggy Firecracker Win

    The conditions were dreadful, the weight spread oppressive, but Wise Dan found a way to overcome all adversity to capture the Firecracker Handicap (gr. IIT) on the night of June 29 over yielding turf at rainy Churchill Downs.

  • Animal Kingdom
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    Animal Kingdom Bids for Unprecedented Triple

    United States-based star Animal Kingdom appears poised to solidify his place among racing's all-time greats June 18 in the Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I), the first race on opening day at Royal Ascot.

  • John Velasquez celebrated winning the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G. I) atop Uncle Mo on November 6, 2010.

    John Velazquez

    A look at the career of Hall of Fame Jockey John Velazquez.

  • Royal Ascot: Animal Kingdom Press Conference

    A press conference with the connections of Animal Kingdom. Hear from Graham Motion, Barry Irwin, and John Messara. Learn why they chose to go with jockey John Velazquez.

  • Animal Kingdom - An Insiders Perspective

    Graham Motion, Barry Irwin, John Velazquez, Veterinarian Luis Castro, and John Messara of Arrowfield Stud explain Animal Kingdom. The team discusses what makes a champion horse and answer why they are racing at Ascot.

  • Boisterous wins the Monmouth Stakes.

    Boisterous Bounces Away in Monmouth Stakes

    Favored Boisterous salvaged a rough weekend for Phipps Stable and trainer Shug McGaughey with a timely 1 1/4-length victory in the $202,500 Monmouth Stakes (gr. IIT) on the turf June 9 at Monmouth Park.

  • Point of Entry delivers in the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2563000954&k=k4WVvvq">Order This Photo</a>

    Point of Entry Slams Door in Manhattan 'Cap

    Phipps Stable's Point of Entry captured his eighth victory in 12 starts on grass with a smooth come-from-behind win in the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) at Belmont Park June 8.

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    Belmont Preview: No Longer Afraid of Orb

    When glory has worn off the winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) after a different horse comes along to claim the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) becomes anybody's race to win.

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    Animal Kingdom Posts Strong Ascot Work

    Presented with a new setting and a much different assignment, Team Valor International, Arrowfield Stud, and Darley's Animal Kingdom answered impressively May 29 in a key workout over the straightaway at Ascot.

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    Velazquez Rides in First Race Since April 7

    Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, who will ride undefeated Verrazano in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, returned to competition the afternoon of May 2 at Belmont Park, finishing seventh on his first mount since April 7.

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    Wise Dan to Run in Woodford Reserve

    A face-off between 2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan and multiple grade I-winning turf star Point of Entry is on for the Woodford Reserve (gr. IT) on Derby Day, trainer Charlie LoPresti confirmed April 29.

  • John Velazquez and Animal Kingdom.

    Velazquez to Ride Animal Kingdom at Ascot

    John Velazquez will ride his Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Animal Kingdom when the recent Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) hero makes his career finale at the mid-June Royal Ascot meeting in England.

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    Velazquez Plans Derby Week Return

    Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, who was sidelined after an April 7 spill at Aqueduct, hopes to resume riding May 1 -- three days before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

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    Jockey Velazquez Injured in Aqueduct Spill

    Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez sustained a slight fracture of his first rib on the right side and a small bone chip near his right wrist as the result of a spill in the seventh race at Aqueduct Racetrack April 7.

  • Withgreatpleasure and John Velazquez take the Ruffian at Aqueduct. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2443612436&k=8H8ZL7m">Order This Photo</a>

    Withgreatpleasure Hangs On in Ruffian

    David Blethen's Withgreatpleasure skimmed the rail around the turn, then held on for a three-quarter-length victory over favorite My Wandy's Girl in the Ruffian Handicap (gr. II) April 6 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • Orb wears down the competition to win the Florida Derby.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2433224229&k=h5jPjJW">Order This Photo</a>

    Orb Looks Golden With Powerful Florida Derby

    Trainer Shug McGaughey said he was waiting for Orb to take him to Louisville, and the Hall of Fame conditioner should be on his way with the colt's big win in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) March 30.

  • Shanghai Bobby
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    Big Three Ready for Florida Derby Showdown

    A field of 10 has been entered for the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) March 30 at Gulfstream Park, although three horses are getting almost all of the attention: Itsmyluckyday, Shanghai Bobby, and Orb.

  • Silsita (outside) just gets up over Marathon Lady to win the Fathead Bourbonette Oaks.

    Silsita Just Up in Bourbonette Nail-Biter

    Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Tanourin Stable's Silsita upset heavily favored Pure Fun and survived a stretch duel with 31-1 shot Marathon Lady to take the $100,000 Fathead Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park March 23.

  • Orb goes by Violence to capture the Fountain of Youth. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2378941058&k=6ND6kK4">Order This Photo</a>

    Orb Overcomes Violence in Fountain of Youth

    Fast-improving Orb was golden in his stakes debut for trainer Shug McGaughey in the $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (gr. II), coming from off the pace to run down odds-on choice Violence for a narrow win Feb. 23.

  • Capo Bastone Narrow Winner at Gulfstream

    Three-year-old prospect Capo Bastone made his return to the races successfully Feb. 16 at Gulfstream Park, coming from off the pace with an early sweeping move to take an allowance race by a head as the 3-2 favorite.