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Meet The Former Jockey Who Caught Bodexpress After A Wild Preakness

When the gates opened on the 2019 Preakness, maiden Bodexpress leapt into the air, flinging jockey John Velazquez’s feet out of his irons and dropping the Hall of Fame rider to the dirt — hard. “He was just not behaving good in the gate,” Velazquez said on NBC. “He was not standing really well. He […]

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War Of Will Vindicated; Casse Emotional After First Classic Victory

First, there was fear. Then disappointment. Later, it was indignation. Two weeks after the history-making 145th edition of the Kentucky Derby, War of Will finally got the one thing his trainer and jockey had been asking for. “We were this close to never seeing him again,” said Mark Casse, referencing the Derby incident with Maximum […]

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King For A Day’s Sir Barton Win Kicks Off Stakes Action On Preakness Undercard

Red Oak Stable’s homebred King For A Day got Preakness day off to a formful start on Saturday at Pimlico, cruising to a 2 1/2-length win at odds of 2-5. The 3-year-old son of Uncle Mo, ridden by John Velazquez for trainer Todd Pletcher, completed 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track in 1:41.40. […]

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Pletcher: Beaten Peter Pan Favorite Intrepid Heart ‘Bred Top And Bottom’ For Belmont Distance

Trainer Todd Pletcher has indicated that Intrepid Heart, the beaten favorite when finishing third in Saturday’s G3 Peter Pan Stakes, could join the cast for the 2019 Belmont Stakes. According to drf.com, Pletcher thought that the 3-year-old son of Tapit was mostly compromised by his immaturity, rather than a stumble at the start. “Johnny (Velazquez, jockey) […]

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No Preakness Decisions Yet For Code Of Honor, Baffert Trio

Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey was on hand Sunday morning to check on his Kentucky Derby runner-up Code of Honor, and couldn’t have been more pleased with how the son of Noble Mission emerged. “I thought he ran really good,” McGaughey said of the chestnut colt who crossed the wire third after making a […]

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‘This Is What We Dream About’: Velazquez Readies For 20th Kentucky Derby Mount

Jockey John Velazquez is already part of an exclusive club when it comes to Kentucky Derby riders. The 2012 Hall of Fame inductee is one of just eight riders to have at least 20 mounts through the Run for the Roses’ previous 144 iterations. Velazquez will have his 21st career Derby mount when he pilots […]

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McGaughey Hopeful For More ‘Good Memories’ Under Churchill’s Twin Spires

William S. Farish’s homebred Code of Honor made a stylish debut at Saratoga Race Course in August and has emerged as one of several New York-connected contenders for Saturday’s Grade 1, $3 million Kentucky Derby. The son of first-crop stallion Noble Mission – a full brother to the great Frankel – continues to train exceptionally […]

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Ward Trainee Jo Jo Air Upsets William Walker At 14-1

Andrew Farm and Mrs. Charlie O’Connor’s Jo Jo Air dueled 1-9 favorite Bulletin into submission and then held off a late charge from Uncapped by three-quarters of a length to win the fifth running of the $125,000 William Walker for 3-year-olds before a crowd of 22,012 on the opening night of Churchill Downs’ 38-day Spring […]

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Code Of Honor Has Final Keeneland Breeze Before Shipping To Louisville

William S. Farish’s homebred Code of Honor closed the major Keeneland portion of his preparation for the $3 million Kentucky Derby (G1) in two weeks by working 5 furlongs in 1:01 over a sloppy track Saturday morning at the Lexington, Ky., track. Working at 7:30 on a brisk, overcast morning with jockey John Velazquez aboard, […]

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The Future Is Here: University Of Kentucky Sports Medicine Program Will Help Jockeys Ride Safer, Better, Healthier

Any longtime rider of horses will tell you: It’s not a question of whether you will fall off but when. For jockeys, the question becomes not whether they’ll get hurt, but how badly (or for how long they’ll be out of the saddle, going without pay, while they recover). A new laboratory at the University […]

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