Hall of Famer John Velazquez became the 28th jockey to earn his 5,000th victory when he rode Galloping Giraffe to victory in the sixth race at New York’s Belmont Park.
Palace Malice, running without the blinkers that hindered a previous performance, won the Belmont Stakes ahead of Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow and Kentucky Derby champion Orb.
Longshot Princess of Sylmar won the $1 million Kentucky Oaks to give trainer Todd Pletcher a chance to sweep the top race for 3-year-old fillies and the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
Orb was made the 7-2 morning-line favorite, followed by Verrazano and Goldencents, as the horses prepare for the 139th Kentucky Derby, the first leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.
Trainer Todd Pletcher ’s vision of back-to-back Kentucky Derby victories after a decade of futility is dimmer for today’s race after withdrawing a top contender for the second straight year.
Orb rallied from the back of the field to give Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey his first Kentucky Derby triumph.
Stay Thirsty, owned by New York’s Mike Repole, ended his racing career winning by a nose in the $350,000 Cigar Mile Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Thoroughbred racehorse owner Mike Repole and trainer Todd Pletcher each won their third consecutive titles at the 40-day meet at Saratoga Race Course, the New York Racing Association Inc. said.
Super Saver won the 136th Kentucky Derby, giving jockey Calvin Borel a record third victory in four years and trainer Todd Pletcher his first after 24 failures in the top U.S. thoroughbred race.
Super Saver won the 136th Kentucky Derby, giving jockey Calvin Borel a record third victory in four years and trainer Todd Pletcher his first in the top U.S. thoroughbred race.
"We've been the beneficiary of many great rides by Johnny, and winning 5,000 races is a tremendous achievement."
- Todd Pletcher on Jun 14, 2013
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