john velazquez

Velazquez’ Milestone Victory Nets Jockey Of The Week Title

Becoming one of only a select few to win 6,000 career races, John Velazquez was selected as Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for November 26 – December 2, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents […]

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Hall Of Famer Velazquez Scores 6,000th Win Aboard Pletcher Trainee

Jockey John Velazquez earned his 6,000th career North American victory, piloting Singapore Trader (No. 1) to victory in Race 5 on Friday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Velazquez is just the 18th jockey to reach the milestone and one of just four active riders in the exclusive club, joining fellow Hall of Famer Edgar Prado along with […]

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Historic Remsen ‘Ignites The Flame’ For Triple Crown Dreamers

The calendar will insist it is indeed fall when a seven-horse field of talented juveniles break from the gate in the 105th running of the Grade 2, $250,000 Remsen on Saturday as part of Cigar Mile Day at Aqueduct Racetrack. Despite the colder temperatures and early sunsets that serve as hallmarks of racing at the […]

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Code Of Honor’s ‘Energy Level’ Doesn’t Satisfy McGaughey; Colt To Skip Remsen

After being forced to miss the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile when he developed a slight fever the night before the race, Code of Honor will also be skipping the G2 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct this Saturday. According to drf.com, trainer Shug McGaughey wasn’t completely satisfied with the son of Noble Mission’s last work on Monday, nor was […]

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Code Of Honor ‘Finished Up Good’ In Five-Furlong Work Toward Remsen

One of the top choices for Saturday’s Grade 2 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct, Code of Honor put in his final piece of work over the Belmont training track on Monday morning. According to drf.com, the 2-year-old son of Noble Mission covered five furlongs in 1:01.48 under jockey John Velazquez. “I’m not used to the training track,” said […]

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Fipke, Stewart ‘Seeking’ Clark Repeat Against Field Of Eight On Black Friday

Churchill Downs-based star Seeking the Soul is set to bid for repeat glory over his home track in Friday’s 144th running of the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I), the premier race of the historic track’s Fall Meet. The 1 1/8-mile Clark heads a duo of stakes races on the 12-race “Black […]

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Clark Handicap: Seeking The Soul ‘Getting Better As The Year Goes On’

Charles Fipke’s 2017 Clark Handicap presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) winner Seeking the Soul completed his final major preparation to defend his title in the 1 1/8-mile race with a half-mile breeze in :48.80 Saturday morning at Churchill Downs. “We actually planned on working him at 5:30 a.m. (all times Eastern) but there was […]

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On Verge Of Another Milestone, Velazquez Thinking About Next Big Horse

As John Velazquez pondered his riding career through the years, he kept two things in mind. He might retire soon after he turned 45; he would surely not ride past 47. Things change. As Velazquez nears his 47th birthday on Nov. 24, there is no hint that a Hall of Fame career that made him the runaway […]

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Sistercharlie Takes Filly & Mare Turf, Giving Brant First Breeders’ Cup Victory In 30 Years

It’s been 30 years since Peter Brant visited the Breeders’ Cup winner’s circle, capturing the 1988 Sprint with D. Wayne Lukas-trained Gulch at Churchill Downs. He left the business amid legal and marital problems in the early 1990s but has come back with a vengeance, spending millions of dollars on well-bred horses in the last […]

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Best Of The Breeders’ Cup Presented By Brisnet: Turf And Filly & Mare Turf

International runners have traditionally fared well in the Breeders’ Cup’s marquee turf races, hence why there are so many pictures of Frankie Dettori vaulting off horses in North American winner’s circles. The influence foreign runners have on the outcomes of the Breeders’ Cup Turf, and Filly and Mare Turf, is so strong that the top […]

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