September 2, 2012
The Bernard Baruch Handicap Saratoga, Race 8 - Post 4:39 $250,000 (G II), 11/16 miles (turf) 1. Data Link. . . John Velazquez. . . 7-5 2. Crimson China. . . Alan Garcia. . . 20-1 3. Queen'splatekitten. . . Javier Castellano. . . 8-1 4. Dominus. . . Julien Leparoux. . . 3-1 5. Guys Reward. . . Joel Rosario. . . 5-1 6. Sky Blazer. . . Rosie Napravnik. . . 6-1 7. Prince Will I Am. . . Ramon Dominguez. . . 10-1 8. Alma d'Oro. . . No rider. . . 8-5 Dominus is a faith/style pick.
May 24, 2012 |
JOHN VELAZQUEZ has won nearly 5,000 races and is closing on 750 stakes wins. He has won 22 riding titles at New York's three major tracks, nine Breeders' Cup races and two Triple Crown races. He was just elected to the Horse Racing Hall of Fame. If you said he was the best jockey in America today, you really would not get much of an argument. If "Johnny V" had not been committed to ride another horse this spring, he would have ridden Union Rags in his Florida campaign and the Kentucky Derby.
September 4, 2001 |
Ausual Suspect overcame a sluggish start yesterday in Ruidoso, N.M., to win the $2 million All American Futurity, the world's richest quarter-horse race. Ausual Suspect was 10th and last 100 yards into the 440-yard sprint. With jockey Dennis Means whipping him lefthanded, the brown colt found his stride, overtook stablemate Tres Seis in the final jumps and won by a neck. The win was worth $1 million to owners Charlie and Debbie Therwanger, of Lubbock, Texas. In other horse racing news: John Velazquez set a single-day track record by riding six winners at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Olympics Detroit forward Brendan Shanahan and Buffalo defenseman Jay McKee were added to the Canadian Olympic hockey camp roster.
August 31, 1996 |
He has started only four times and has yet to defeat a quality opponent. But the manner in which Formal Gold has dominated each of his races will likely make him the heavy favorite for Monday's $200,000 Grade III Pennsylvania Derby, a 1 1/8-mile test for 3-year-olds at Philadelphia Park. A son of 1991 horse of the year Black Tie Affair, Formal Gold has won his four races - three at Monmouth and one at Belmont - by an average of nine lengths for owner John Murphy and trainer Bill Perry.
September 21, 2010 |
Sometimes, you can have the best of intentions and get no breaks. Other times, you can do it right and get it right. Maybe next year will work better for the Pennsylvania Derby. Parx Racing officials moved the race off Labor Day for two reasons - to attract horses that ran in the Travers Stakes and perhaps get some of the country's very best 3-year-olds in their final preps for the Breeders' Cup. It was done with the best of intentions. Well, they got four horses from the Travers for Saturday's $1 million Pa. Derby.
August 31, 2001 |
Macho Uno, last year's juvenile champion, and Touch Tone, second to Point Given in the Haskell Invitational, head a likely field of seven that will be entered today for Monday's $500,000 Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park. The purse for the Grade III race at 1 1/8 miles is up $200,000 from last season and will be the richest in Pennsylvania racing history. Macho Uno, owned by racing magnate Frank Stronach and trained by Haddonfield native Joe Orseno, defeated likely horse of the year Point Given in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile but did not race again until losing by a nose in an allowance test sprinting at Saratoga on July 25. The son of Holy Bull will have a rider change for the Derby, with Gary Stevens, Point Given's regular rider, replacing Jerry Bailey.
June 9, 2011 |
NEW YORK - The 1-2 finishers in the Kentucky Derby are 1-2 on the morning line for the Belmont Stakes. Derby winner Animal Kingdom was made the 2-1 favorite for Saturday's final leg of the Triple Crown, with Derby runner-up Nehro the second choice at 4-1. Preakness winner Shackleford was next at 9-2 when a field of 12 was entered Wednesday for the first rubber match between a Derby winner and Preakness winner since 2005. Animal Kingdom, with John Velazquez riding, will leave from the No. 9 post, which has produced only four Belmont winners since 1905.
September 24, 2010 |
I LOVED A Little Warm in the Travers. The colt had not run a poor race in a year. Each race was a step forward, culminating with a dominant win in the Jim Dandy Stakes. The colt's trainer, Tony Dutrow, an honest man in a sport filled with spin, loved the colt more than I did. He was convinced A Little Warm was sitting on the race of his life. A Little Warm was 9-2 in the Aug. 28 Travers. Seemed like more than a fair price. I got involved. A Little Warm ran fifth, beaten by 8 3/4 lengths.