Keyword: Todd Pletcher

  • Palace Malice
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    Palace Malice to Gulfstream Park Handicap

    Last year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Palace Malice will launch his 2014 campaign in the $250,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) March 8 at Gulfstream Park, according to Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell.

  • Even Echo Added to Triple Crown Early Noms

    The nomination of a 3-year-old Thoroughbred to the 2014 Triple Crown races received via "late mail" has lifted the overall total for early nominations to the coveted three-race series of American classics to 414.

  • Vinceremos holds off Harpoon to win the Sam F. Davis Stakes.

    Vinceremos Upsets Stablemate in Sam F. Davis

    Todd Pletcher-trained Vinceremos dug in gamely in deep stretch to hold off a stiff challenge from his more highly regarded stablemate Harpoon to win the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs Feb. 1.

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    Saratoga Special Winner Corfu Retired

    Corfu, who set a stakes record in the 2013 Saratoga Special (gr. II), has been retired from racing and will stand the 2014 breeding season at John & Leslie Malone's Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Fla.

  • John Velazquez smiles after his win aboard Got Lucky.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3049420461&k=9t33FN2">Order This Photo</a>

    Velazquez Gets First Win Since Returning

    Jockey John Velazquez, returning from a serious injury sustained last fall during the Breeders' Cup World Championships, got his first win in six tries at Gulfstream Park when 2-5 choice Got Lucky cruised to victory Jan. 29.

  • Onlyforyou dominates the Forward Gal Stakes at Gulfstream. 
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    Onlyforyou Takes Command in Forward Gal

    Glencrest Farm's Onlyforyou was away alertly at the start and took command of the $200,000 Forward Gal Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 25 at Gulfstream Park, going wire-to-wire over five 3-year-old fillies in the seven-furlong test.

  • Todd Pletcher

    Record Sixth Eclipse for Pletcher

    Todd Pletcher's deep bench of top quality runners sometimes make it difficult to gauge his accomplishments when compared to those of other trainers. But in 2013, he was in a league of his own.

  • Will Take Charge

    Will Take Charge Frontrunner for Eclipse

    In a year when the 3-year-old male leaderboard kept changing by the month, it should come as no surprise that a horse like Will Take Charge, who excelled from August to November, be the frontrunner for the Eclipse Award.

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    3-Year-Old Filly Division Balanced in 2013

    Perhaps no Eclipse Award category overflowed with more talent than among the 3-year-old fillies of 2013. They performed admirably against each other and then went out and defeated the best of their older counterparts.

  • Candy Kitty wins the Ginger Brew Stakes.
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    Candy Kitty Shows Versatility in Ginger Brew

    Starlight Racing's Candy Kitty charged through an opening to the outside of battling front-runners and kicked clear to win the $100,000 Ginger Brew Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Jan. 5 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Fierce Boots cannot be caught in the Busanda Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3005634457&k=5kZ8qb5">Order This Photo</a>

    Fierce Boots Stamps Busanda Stakes Upset

    Fierce Boots took the lead coming out of the gate and was never headed as she rolled to a two-length upset of favored Flipcup in the $100,000 Busanda Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Jan. 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • Sweet Whiskey takes control in the Old Hat Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3005304607&k=Lr3q2g3">Order This Photo</a>

    Sweet Whiskey Takes Rail to Old Hat Win

    Sweet Whiskey took the inside path in the $100,000 Old Hat Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 4 at Gulfstream Park, charging past stablemate and runner-up Co Cola in the stretch to notch her first stakes victory.

  • Princess of Sylmar

    Haskin: Stanco Won More Than He Lost

    Ed Stanco will not have an Eclipse statue on his mantle, or wherever he is displaying his collection of Princess of Sylmar trophies. But that is the only thing he won't have.

  • Viva Rafaela won an allowance/optional claiming race at Gulfstream Park on November 11.

    Viva Rafaela Makes U.S. Stakes Debut

    Viva Rafaela, a group I winner in her native Brazil, will try stakes company for the first time on United States soil while facing a full field in the Jan. 4 Marshua's River Stakes (gr. IIIT).

  • Corfu makes his 3-year-old debut in the Spectacular Bid Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2657031645&k=pgPnPhS">Order This Photo</a>

    Corfu Opens 2014 Season in Spectacular Bid

    Last year's Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II) winner Corfu will try to end a three-race skid when he faces an expected field of seven other 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes Jan. 4 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Sweet Whiskey tries for her first graded stakes in the Old Hat Stakes.

    Sweet Whiskey to Take Old Hat Shot From Rail

    After closing 2013 with a runner-up finish in the Matron Stakes (gr. II), Sweet Whiskey will try to secure her first graded stakes win Jan. 4 at Gulfstream Park in the $100,000 Old Hat Stakes (gr. III).

  • Todd Pletcher compiled total purse earnings of $25,248,816.

    Castellano, Pletcher Best Among 2013 Leaders

    Javier Castellano led North American jockeys in victories and total purse earnings for the first time in 2013, while Todd Pletcher ended the year far ahead on the national earnings list for trainers for the eighth time.

  • Stopchargingmaria goes by late to win the Demoiselle Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2940038647&k=C9zkPSH">Order This Photo</a>

    Favorite Stopchargingmaria Wins Demoiselle

    Repole Stable's Stopchargingmaria edged stablemate Got Lucky to win the Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II). The 2-year-old filly got the 1 1/8 miles in 1:52.62 at Aqueduct Racetrack. Trainer Todd Pletcher conditions both.

  • Royal Lahaina comes home strong to win the Go for Wand Handicap. 
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    Royal Lahaina Makes Grade in Go for Wand

    With Jose Ortiz setting her loose three wide turning for home, Royal Lahaina pounced on the lead, opened a two-length advantage in mid-stretch, and was never threatened late in upsetting the $300,000 Go for Wand Handicap.

  • Verrazano
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    Pletcher's Cigar Mile Trio Breezes at Belmont

    Trainer Todd Pletcher's three contenders for the Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I)--Forty Tales, Capo Bastone, and Verrazano--took to the Belmont Park training track Nov. 17 to turn in their penultimate breezes prior to the race.

  • Graydar<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2796356687&k=whCjRMZ">Order This Photo</a>

    Donn Winner Graydar Retired to Taylor Made

    Grade I winner Graydar, Unbridled's Song's undefeated top older horse of 2013, has been retired from racing to stand at the Taylor family's Taylor Made Stallions in Nicholasville, Ky. as property of a syndicate.

  • Stopchargingmaria wins the Tempted Stakes.
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    Stopchargingmaria Romps in Tempted Stakes

    Repole Stable's Stopchargingmaria, the 4-5 choice in a field of five, took the early lead and never looked back en route to a blowout victory in the $245,000 Tempted Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies at Aqueduct Nov. 3.

  • New Year's Day, (inside) and Martin Garcia, run by Havana, (L) to win the 2013 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2013-Breeders-Cup/Juvenile/33149927_s6DS8h#!i=2878340522&k=2CzrbrM">Order This Phot

    New Year's Day Pops Cork in BC Juvenile

    Gary and Mary West's New Year's Day rallied up the rail to get past favorite Havana and win the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park. The winner is trained by Bob Baffert.