Keyword: John Velazquez

  • Life At Ten Incident Leads to New Policies

    In an effort to avoid another Life At Ten situation, the Breeders' Cup, Churchill Downs, and Kentucky Horse Racing Commission have adopted new policies that will be in effect for this year's World Championships Nov. 4-5.

  • Miss Keller (middle, green/yellow silks) outfinishes I'm A Dreamer and Dream Peace to win the E. P. Taylor.

    Miss Keller Wakes Up in Thrilling E.P. Taylor

    Out of the money in five starts this year, Miss Keller woke up in a huge way at Woodbine Oct. 16, taking the $991,288 E.P. Taylor Stakes (Can-IT) in heart-pounding style as part of a three-horse blanket finish.

  • Boisterous gets up late to win the Knickerbocker.<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%3D9708594%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Boisterous, Denomination Post Belmont Wins

    Phipps Stable's homebred Boisterous never stopped charging and finally overtook Sleepless Knight in the final 40 yards to win the $100,000 Knickerbocker Stakes (gr. IIIT) by a half-length Oct. 15 at Belmont Park.

  • Donna Barton Brothers

    Blog: Channeling Competitive Anger

    To be a top-level professional athlete, it's not enough to want to win...you have to want it more than the next guy. By Donna Barton Brothers

  • Finale pulls away from Excaper late to win the Summer Stakes at Woodbine.

    Finale Takes Wide Trip to Summer Stakes Win

    This may be just the beginning for Finale, who earned a starting slot in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) with a three-quarters of a length win in the Summer Stakes Presented by TVG (Can-IIIT) on the Woodbine lawn.

  • Brilliant Speed wins the Saranac Stakes.

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    Brilliant Speed an Easy Winner of Saranac

    Back on turf after trying the Triple Crown trail this spring, Charlotte Weber's Brilliant Speed kicked clear in the final eighth of a mile to win the $103,000 Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) by 2 1/2 lengths

  • Big Blue Kitten gets the win in the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes. 
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    Big Blue Kitten Skims Rail, Scores HOF Stakes

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred 3-year-old Big Blue Kitten received a perfect ground-saving trip under John Velazquez, scoring the $150,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) in his stakes debut Aug. 12.

  • Sidney's Candy wins the Fourstardave Handicap.

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    Sidney's Candy Captures Fourstardave in Style

    Prohibitive choice Sidney's Candy, given an easy time of it on the front end in his first start for new trainer Todd Pletcher, held his rivals at bay in the $150,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Saratoga turf.

  • Overdriven wins the Sanford Stakes.

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    Overdriven Powers Home Smartly in Sanford

    Trainer Todd Pletcher says he's not comparing new stable star Overdriven to last year's champion 2-year-old colt Uncle Mo. But he may have trouble keeping others from doing so after an easy win in the Sanford Stakes July 24.

  • Plenty of Blame - By Eric Mitchell

    The administrative hearing held June 28-30 to determine whether Kentucky Chief Steward John Veitch violated racing regulations only muddied the issues further and raised more questions.

  • Millionreasonswhy wins the Matron Stakes.

    Millionreasonswhy Provides Answer in Matron

    Millionreasonswhy, invading from Colonial Downs, wore down pacesetting Say a Novena in the stretch and edged away late to register a handy win in the $150,000 Matron Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park July 3.

  • John Veitch at the June 28 hearing.

    Veitch Defends Actions in Life At Ten Case

    John Veitch, the chief state steward for Kentucky Thoroughbred racing, defended his actions June 28 during a hearing in connection with Life At Ten's run in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Down

  • Musketier wins the Singspiel Stakes.

    Musketier On Target in Singspiel Triumph

    Musketier, given a confident ride by John Velazquez, hooked up with Grassy in the final furlong to prevail by a neck for his second win in the $152,984 Singspiel Stakes (Can-IIIT) June 26 at Woodbine.

  • Buster's Ready cruises to victory in the Mother Goose.<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%3D9576696%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Buster's Ready Rolls in Mother Goose

    Buster's Ready took over at the top of the lane and emphatically repelled the bids of her rivals, including odds-on favorite Joyful Victory, to score the $250,000 Mother Goose (gr. I) June 25 at Belmont Park.

  • Blame's victory in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic was nominated in the category of "Best Upset."  <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%3D9272286%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Blame Nominated for Espy Award

    The 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Blame, along with the movie "Secretariat" and jockeys Ramon Dominguez, Garrett Gomez, and John Velazquez were nominated for Espy Awards.

  • Awesome Maria flies to victory in the Ogden Phipps Handicap.<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%3D9569285%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Awesome Maria Much the Best in Ogden Phipps

    Awesome Maria remained perfect in four starts in 2011 and notched her first grade I win when she kicked away in the stretch to post an easy victory in the $250,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap June 18 at Belmont Park.

  • Rajiv Maragh

    Maragh Suspended for Belmont Ride

    Stewards in New York June 15 issued jockey Rajiv Maragh a 10-day suspension for careless riding in connection with his handling of Isn't He Perfect in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • John Velazquez (left) and Angel Cordero

    Cordero Has Confidence, Pride in Velazquez

    Jockey's agent Angel Cordero, who is looking forward to watching Velazquez ride Animal Kingdom in the Belmont, discussed the temperment and riding style similarities and differences between himself and the jockey.

  • Hibaayeb powers to victory in the Sheepshead Bay.<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%3D9541540%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Classy Hibaayeb Wins Sheepshead Bay

    Grade I winner Hibaayeb used her class edge to help secure her first victory of the season, as she defeated five rivals to take the $150,000 Sheepshead Bay (gr. IIT) May 28 at Belmont Park.

  • No Explaining pulls away to win the Gallorette Handicap.<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%3D9533433%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    No Explaining Scores Victory in Gallorette

    Irish-bred No Explaining finally held on for the first black-type score of her career when she prevailed impressively by a length over a strong late challenge from two rivals in the May 21 Gallorette Handicap (gr. III).

  • Triple Crown Talk: Post Derby Thoughts

    Kentucky Derby 137 has come and gone, and before we move on to the Preakness let's take a few moments to dissect the race. I have several observations, but let's start out with the winner.

  • Animal Kingdom comes home strong to win the Kentucky Derby.<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%3D9517433%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Animal Kingdom Roars to Derby Victory

    Team Valor International's homebred Animal Kingdom roared down the stretch to win the 137th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Nehro was second; Mucho Macho Man third.

  • Life At Ten

    Life At Ten Second in Return at Gulfstream

    Life At Ten, appearing at Gulfstream Park in her first start since a controversial attempt in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) last fall, ran second in an optional claiming allowance April 10.

  • Toby's Corner takes the Wood over Arthur's Tale, with Uncle Mo finishing 3rd.<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%3D9484254%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Toby's Corner Posts Wood Stunner; 'Mo Third

    Less than a month away, the Kentucky Derby was turned upside down when favored Uncle Mo was defeated by Toby's Corner, who passed Arthur's Tale in the final strides to post a shocking upset in the Wood Memorial (gr. I).

  • Travelin Man wins the 2011 Swale Stakes.

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    Travelin Man Enjoys Smooth Trip in Swale

    Travelin Man, in just the third start of his career for trainer Todd Pletcher, easily put away his four rivals to register a convincing two-length win in the $147,000 Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park April 3.