Keyword: Todd Pletcher

  • And They're Off: Kentucky Derby Edition

    Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin discuss the sale of General a Rod, Todd Pletcher's comments on We Miss Artie, Rick Porter, and talk to trainer Peter Eurton about Dance With Fate. Plus, Derby picks! Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm.

  • Hoppertunity

    Haskin Derby Report: A Whopper for Hopper

    There are heavy rains, torrential rains, and the rain that all but drowned Churchill Downs Monday morning. The lightning came fast and furious; one bolt knocked out light, and the flooding came just as fast.

  • Kentucky Derby News Upate for April 27, 2014

    The BloodHorse.com News Update for Sunday April 27, 2014. Claire Novak provides insight on the stand out works, including times, and why Intense Holiday was the buzz of the track. Watch great video footage of these works.

  • Intense Holiday jogs at Churchill Downs.
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    Sunday, April 27, Workouts at a Glance

    Under ideal conditions at Churchill Downs Sunday morning, April 27, seven contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and several Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) candidates breezed.

  • Got Lucky and My Miss Sophia worked at Churchill Downs on April 26, 2014. <br><a target="blank"http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2014-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/i-wWSZzjq">Order This Photo</a>

    Pletcher Fillies Tune Up for Kentucky Oaks

    My Miss Sophia and Got Lucky--two fillies trained by Todd Pletcher--went through their final paces in preparation for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) when they breezed four furlongs in :49 2/5 at Churchill Downs April 26.

  • Danza at Churchill Downs, April 25, 2014. <br><a target="blank"http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2014-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/i-S8KqR4g">Order This Photo</a>

    Pletcher Believes Danza Peaking at Right Time

    While Todd Pletcher often gives his horses more rest between starts than the three weeks afforded his Arkansas Derby (gr. I) winner Danza before this year's Kentucky Derby, he believes the Street Boss colt can deliver.

  • Wildcat Red

    Wildcat Red, With Saez, Works at Gulfstream

    Wildcat Red, working a half-mile at Gulfstream Park the morning of April 20, was reunited with jockey Luis Saez for the first time since they teamed for a front-running victory in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth.

  • Midnight Hawk won the Sham Stakes on January 11.

    Midnight Hawk Brings Illinois Derby Intrigue

    Given the colt's Chicago connections, it's not surprising Bob Baffert would send Midnight Hawk to the April 19 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne. As for his plans from there on out, you'll have to read between the lines.

  • Divine Oath has 2 wins in 2 starts.

    Divine Oath Heads Coolmore Lexington

    Let's Go Stable's undefeated Divine Oath will make his stakes debut April 19 in the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington (gr. III) at Keeneland after failing to draw in to the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I).

  • Constitution
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    Injury Knocks Constitution Off Derby Trail

    Besilu Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Constitution will miss the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the other two Triple Crown races after a hairline fracture in his front right cannon bone was discovered.

  • Danza and Joe Bravo upset the Arkansas Derby.

    Danza Dominates in Arkansas Derby Shocker

    Danza sent shock waves through the crowd of 63,186 at Oaklawn Park when he took command in upper stretch at odds of 41-1 and rolled to a 4 3/4-length victory in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 12.

  • Sweet Whiskey won the 2014 Old Hat Stakes. <br><a target="blank"http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3005304950&k=9JPH6zc">Order This Photo</a>

    Pletcher Has Strong Pair for Beaumont

    Alto Racing's Sweet Whiskey, who launched her 2014 campaign with a victory in the Old Hat Stakes (gr. III) leads a field of eight 3-year-old fillies entered in the April 13 Beaumont Stakes (gr. II).

  • Gulfstream Park

    Gulfstream Meet Handle Averages $8.3 Million

    Even though it faced new weekend competition from nearby Calder Casino & Race Course, Gulfstream Park came close to its record for average daily all-sources handle during its 2013-14 winter meet that ended April 6.

  • My Miss Sophia runs away from the competition in the Gazelle Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3162559050&k=Mwx88c4">Order This Photo</a>

    My Miss Sophia Romps in Gazelle

    Mathis Stable's My Miss Sophia rolled to a decisive victory April 5 in the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct Racetrack, stamping her ticket to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Stopchargingmaria won last year's Tempted by 10 3/4 lengths.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2881577045&k=sQTkzLg">Order This Photo</a>

    'Maria' Charges Into Oaklawn for Fantasy

    The $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. III) April 5 at Oaklawn Park will provide Repole Stable's Stopchargingmaria an excellent opportunity to rebound off a dull effort in the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II).

  • Constitution gets through on the inside to win the Florida Derby.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3149374171&k=zJFGfSB">Order This Photo</a>

    Constitution Edges Wildcat Red in FL Derby

    If horseplayers had a question of which runner to bet in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park March 29, the one Javier Castellano was named on seemed as sure a shot as any.

  • Palace Malice wins the New Orleans Handicap.

    Palace Malice Runs Off With N.O. Handicap

    Dogwood Stable's Palace Malice may have been the narrow second choice in the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) at Fair Grounds, but the son of Curlin proved best in an impressive 4 3/4-length score going 1 1/8 miles.

  • Micromanage and Javier Castellano take the Skip Away at Gulfstream.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3149248165&k=bbthJcF">Order This Photo</a>

    Micromanage Returns to Winning in Skip Away

    Repole Stable's Micromanage seemed to have forgotten the way to the winner's circle, but he found it again March 29 in South Florida when galloping clear in the $100,000 Skip Away Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.

  • In Tune outfights House Rules to win the Gulfstream Oaks.
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    In Tune in Rhythm in Gulfstream Oaks Win

    In Tune proved up to the challenge of stepping into stakes company as she outlasted House Rules in the stretch to win the $300,000 Gulfstream Oaks (gr. II) March 29 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Mr. Online won the El Prado Stakes Dec. 28 on yielding turf at Gulfstream.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2993325428&k=qFGxpg2">Order This Photo</a>

    Mr. Online Aims to Download Appleton Victory

    Although he figures to be challenged early in the Appleton Stakes (gr. IIIT) March 29 at Gulfstream Park, Mr. Online is the 5-2 morning-line choice to return to his winning ways in the one-mile turf race.

  • Devil's Cave won the 2014 Sabin Stakes. <br><a target="blank"http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3078717863&k=63fQXpP">Order This Photo</a>

    Devil's Cave Favored for Rampart Stakes

    Devil's Cave, winner of the Feb. 16 Sabin Stakes (gr. II), heads a field of eight including multiple graded stakes winner Unlimited Budget in the $150,000 Rampart Stakes (gr. III) March 29 at Gulfstream Park.

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    Commissioner Likely to Run in Arkansas Derby

    Commissioner, headed for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I), is among three horses multiple Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher plans to send to to Oaklawn Park for the last day of the Racing Festival of the South.

  • In Tune is undefeated in 2 starts.

    In Tune Takes Giant Step in Gulfstream Oaks

    In Tune, yet to be headed in her two prior starts for trainer Todd Pletcher, faces her toughest challenge yet when she clashes with seven other promising 3-year-old fillies in the Gulfstream Park Oaks (gr. II) March 29.

  • Palace Malice will carry 121 pounds in the New Orleans Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3112263756&k=pQmL9zN">Order This Photo</a>

    Palace Malice Targets New Orleans Handicap

    Classic winner Palace Malice will try to keep his fast start to the 2014 season going when he faces an accomplished field as the highweight in the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) March 29 at Fair Grounds.

  • Cairo Prince
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    Florida Derby is Crunch Time for Cairo Prince

    Kiaran McLaughlin knew he was taking a risk when he decided to bypass the Feb. 22 Fountain of Youth with Holy Bull winner Cairo Prince; now the colt has little margin for error on the road to the Kentucky Derby.

  • Albano

    Haskin: Jones Out to Get Pletcher This Time

    Larry Jones has just about had enough of Todd Pletcher. And if Pocho's Dream Girl had any idea what Pletcher has been doing to her sons, she would be incensed as well.

  • Jockey John Velazquez

    Velazquez Reaches Purse Earnings Milestone

    In guiding We Miss Artie to victory in the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 22 at Turfway Park, John Velazquez became the first rider in history to reach $300 million in North American purse earnings.

  • We Miss Artie (left) comes on late to take the Spiral Stakes at Turfway.

    We Miss Artie Lands Spiral in Final Jump

    Charging hard down the center of the track at Turfway Park, We Miss Artie had his sights set on dueling leaders Coastline and Harry's Holiday. A jump past the wire and no one knew who got it.

  • Solitary Ranger won the John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway on March 1.

    Solitary Ranger, Tamarando Clash in Spiral

    Susan Moulton's John Battaglia Memorial winner Solitary Ranger will attempt to become just the second horse to win that prep and the Spiral Stakes when he takes on 3-1 favorite Tamarando March 22 at Turfway Park.

  • Sloane Square is undefeated in two starts.

    Bourbonette: Sloane Square in Stakes Debut

    After winning her first two starts by a combined 11 3/4 lengths, Michael Tabor's Sloane Square will try stakes company for the first time March 22 in the $125,000 Pure Romance Bourbonette Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway Park.