Keyword: Velazquez

  • Spun Sugar Sweet Enough to Win Black-Eyed Susan

    Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out favorites that were defeated in consecutive stakes at Pimlico Friday, but he did not make it three in a row as Spun Sugar easily won the $200,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II).

  • Ashado Heads Pimlico BC Distaff Field

    Ashado, who missed the Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) on Kentucky Derby day because her trainer was not satisfied with her weight assignment, may run this Friday carrying that same 123 pounds.

  • Half Ours All Business in Three Chimneys Juvenile

    In the race on Kentucky Derby day anticipated nearly as much as the Derby itself, Half Ours showed what everyone already knew. Of juveniles that have started so far this year, he is the clear leader of the class.

  • Melhor Ainda wins the Appalachian Stakes to complete John Velazquez' string of eight straight winning mounts.

    Velazquez Unstoppable as Melhor Ainda Wins

    Heavily favored Melhor Ainda rallied to a decisive victory in the $112,800 Appalachian Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Sunday at Keeneland, giving jockey John Velazquez his eighth straight victory over a three-day period.

  • Andy Stronach, Elfrieda Stronach, Larry King and Frank Stronach at the 34th Annual Eclipse Awards.

    The Eclipse Dinner: A Ghost in the Night

    Smarty Jones grabbed most of the headlines in 2004, but it was Ghostzapper who earned the coveted gold Eclipse Award trophy and was named Horse of the Year for 2004 at the Eclipse Awards ceremony Jan. 24.

  • 2004 Eclipse Award Jockey: John Velazquez

    If one didn't get a sense of John Velazquez' inexorable climb to the top during his record-setting (65 winners) Saratoga meet last summer, then surely the pair of statues he earned on Breeders' Cup day made his star shine brighter than ever.

  • National Riding Leaders at Hollywood Park

    Jockeys John Velazquez, Edgar Prado and Jerry Bailey, the nation's three leaders in purse earnings this year, will leave their New York base to ride in the Turf Festival at Hollywood Park next weekend.

  • John Velazquez caps two win Breeders' Cup day with Shoemaker Award.

    Velazquez Receives Shoemaker Award

    Jockey John Velazquez, who won two races on Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships card at Lone Star Park, was named recipient of the Shoemaker Award, voted on by the media covering the event.

  • Classy Speightstown Sizzles in Sprint

    Eugene and Laura Melnyk's Speightstown roared to the front in early stretch, opened up a commanding lead, then held off the late run of Kela to win the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) by 1 ¼ lengths. The son of Gone West covered the six furlongs in 1:08.11.

  • Roses in May, seeks the Kentucky Cup Classic on  heels of his Whitney victory.

    Roses in May 1-2 Choice vs. Five in Ky. Cup Classic

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Roses in May, winner of last month's Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga, was installed the 1-2 favorite for Saturday's Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) at Turfway Park. The 118-pound starting highweight will break from post five and face just five rivals in the 1 1/8-mile race that carries a purse of $350,000.

  • Roses in May 1-2 Choice Vs. Five in Ky. Cup Classic

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Roses in May, winner of last month's Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga, was installed the 1-2 favorite for Saturday's Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) at Turfway Park. The 118-pound starting highweight will break from post five and face just five rivals in the 1 1/8-mile race that carries a purse of $350,000.

  • John Velazquez

    Velazquez Breaks Own Mark for Saratoga Wins

    John Velazquez rode three winners Friday, including two for leading trainer Todd Pletcher, to break the single-season jockey victory total at Saratoga Race Course that he set last year.

  • Jim Dandy winner Strong Hope, inside, hopes to triumph in Forego.

    Strong Hope(s) Abound in Forego Handicap

    Eleven older horses passed the entry box for Saturday's Forego Handicap (gr. I), the last grade I event on the Saratoga calendar as the 36-day meet draws to a close at the end of the Labor Day weekend. The highweight in the seven-furlong race is Strong Hope at 118 pounds.

  • Speightstown Rolls To Win In True North Handicap

    John Velazquez was on some speedballs Saturday at Belmont. A race after he guided Bear Fan to a track record going 6 1/2 furlongs, he took Speightstown on a tour-de-force at six furlongs.

  • Bear Fan Sets Track Record in Vagrancy

    Smarty Jones will have to do a lot to win as impressively as Bear Fan. The 5-year-old mare set a track record in taking the Vagrancy (gr. II) by nine lengths in the first of six consecutive graded stakes today at Belmont Park that will culminate with a run for the Triple Crown.

  • Ashado rolls to victory in the Kentucky Oaks.

    Ashado Wins Kentucky Oaks

    In a good betting race, the public was right in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), with favored Ashado winning the 130th running of the top race for 3-year-old fillies Friday at Churchill Downs.

  • Bird Town (7) makes it two in a row with Acorn win.

    Bird Town Edges Lady Tak in Exciting Acorn

    Bird Town made the lead as they came out of the turn, and then held off a late charge from Lady Tak to win the Acorn Stakes (gr. I) Friday at Belmont Park. It was the second straight grade I win for Bird Town, who won the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) the day before the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Record-Priced Juvenile Wins Flash Stakes

    Chapel Royal showed the brilliance that may help him earn back his record purchase price, the $1.2 million juvenile easily winning the Flash Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park Friday over just three opponents.

  • Roar Emotion leads Fircroft to the wire in the Black-Eyed Susan.

    Roar Emotion Takes Black-Eyed Susan

    Roar Emotion led every step of the way, and held off a late charge from Fircroft, to take the $200,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) by a half-length Friday at Pimlico. Favored Santa Catarina ran third.

  • Saarland, working prior to this year's Kentucky Derby.

    Saarland Returns a Winner at Aqueduct

    Making his first start since finishing tenth in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on May 4, Saarland surged past pacesetter Short Hair in mid-stretch and continued on comfortably to the wire to win the sixth race at Aqueduct on Friday, a one mile allowance contest.

  • John Velasquez aboard Queen Bee winner Raging Fever.

    Queen Bee

    Things were back to normal for the Edward P. "Ned" Evans stable on June 22. After pulling off the rare feat (for him) of winning two consecutive stakes with colts, Evans and trainer Mark Hennig returned to their filly factory and sent out the queen bee, Raging Fever, for another victory in a filly and mare stakes.

  • Another Spill at Belmont; Pleasant County Dies

    John Velazquez, who was involved in a spill on Friday, was involved in another on Saturday at Belmont Park. Velazquez took off his first three mounts Saturday, then in his first mount back, fell aboard Imadeed as the horses hit the three-sixteenths pole in the Belmont Stakes Day fourth race, the WNBC.

  • Left Bank and John Velazquez shown winning last year's Cigar Mile.

    Left Bank Wins, Then Dumps Velazquez

    Michael Tabor's Left Bank pressed the early pace then inched clear to win Saturday's $105,900 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park. Just after crossing the finish line Left Bank ducked, unseating jockey John Velazquez.

  • Sharp Performance, winning the grade III Lexington Stakes.

    Injured Sharp Performance Recuperating

    The racing career of William Bloom's Sharp Performance, who suffered severe soft tissue damage to both front legs in Saturday's Fort Marcy (gr. IIIT) at Aqueduct, is over. The four-year-old son of Kris S. is stabilized and resting in Donk's Belmont Park barn.

  • Pyrus Edges Proud Man in Fort Marcy

    Pyrus edged Proud Man by a neck Saturday in the grade III $112,100 Fort Marcy Handicap at Aqueduct. Pyrus, ridden by Edgar Prado and carrying 113 pounds, ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.53 on the yielding turf course.

  • Favored He's a Knockout Spoils Invisible Ink's Return

    Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up Invisible Ink finished second in his 4-year-old debut Wednesday at Gulfstream Park. Invisible Ink finished 4 3/4 lengths behind 9-5 favorite He's a Knockout in the seven-furlong optional claiming/allowance race.

  • Hook and Ladder Climbs Back at Gulfstream

    Hook and Ladder aims to maintain his perfect record over the Gulfstream Park track against eight foes Sunday in the $100,000 Deputy Minister Handicap (gr. III) at six and a half furlongs. The 13th running of the Deputy Minister offers a winner's prize of $60,000 and drew a field of nine, three of them unbeaten over the track.

  • Hook and Ladder pulls away to win the Mr. Prospector.

    Hook and Ladder at Home in Gulfstream's Mr. Prospector

    Hook and Ladder caught Kipperscope in the stretch and pulled away to a 3 1/4 -length victory Sunday in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park to remain unbeaten from four starts at the South Florida track.

  • Maybry's Boy (left) passes Showmeitall to win the Spectacular Bid Stakes.

    Maybry's Boy Closes for Spectacular Bid Win

    Maybry's Boy closed from seventh-place to win the $100,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes (gr. III) on opening day of the 2002 Gulfstream Park meeting. One race earlier on the card, Bill Mott-trained 3-year-old Blue Burner earned a victory in a mile and 70 yard allowance race.

  • Summer Colony (right), en route to her Ladies Handicap victory.

    Summer Colony Continues Streak in Ladies Handicap

    Edward Evans' homebred Summer Colony earned her fifth consecutive win Saturday, leading all the way en route to a neck-length win over Stop for Schnapps in the $111,100 Ladies Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct.

  • Left Banks's victory in the Cigar Mile was one of three major wins for jockey John Velazquez on Nov. 24.

    From the Print Edition: Bank Heist in New York

    New York has seen one of the mildest autumns on record, with temperatures often swelling into the 60s and even 70s. How mild was it on Nov. 24? It was so mild that the strongest wind was provided by Michael Tabor's Left Bank, who blew away his opponents to win the $350,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) in a spectacular 1:33.35. On a day when horses basically were plodding home in slow times, Left Bank flew home as if caught up in some sudden squall.

  • Denon's victory in the Hollywood Derby provided Bobby Frankel with his 16th grade I win of the year.

    From the Print Edition: Tragedy in the Matriarch

    There were no fractures, deep wounds, or even sore muscles. As concerned peers drifted in and out of the Hollywood Park jockeys' room following the tragic conclusion of the $500,000 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) on Nov. 25, Mike Smith admitted to having a single pain. "Just a broken heart."