Sweet Loretta Impresses in Schuylerville Stakes

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In what would become a bittersweet weekend for defending top trainer Todd Pletcher between the breakdown of star three-year-old Stradivari and a couple wins strung together, St. Elias Stable’s pricey Tapit filly became the newest feather in his cap as …

John Velazquez Snaps Up Both July 4 Stakes

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While the Ortiz brothers have proven to be a lethal one-two punch in this year’s Belmont spring meet, it was all Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez’s day on the Belmont Independence Day card as he took both the $100,000 …

Derby Dozen Profile #12: Destin

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Destin tunes up at Churchill Downs (Photo by Holly M. Smith Photography used with permission) New York titan Todd Pletcher looked like he wouldn’t have any major shooters for this year’s Kentucky Derby until a few sprung to life somewhat late …

Derby Dozen #8: Materiality

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(Photo by Eclipse Sportswire) (Afleet Alex x Wildwood Flower, by Langfuhr) Trainer: Todd Pletcher (3rd, 10th, 12th, and 17th in 2014 with Danza, We Miss Artie, Intense Holiday, and Vinceremos. Won in 2005 with Super Saver) Jockey: Javier Castellano (10th …

Derby Dozen #7: Carpe Diem

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(Giant’s Causeway x Rebridled Dreams, by Unbridled’s Song) Trainer: Todd Pletcher (3rd, 10th, 12th, and 17th in 2014 with Danza, We Miss Artie, Intense Holiday, and Vinceremos. Won in 2005 with Super Saver) Jockey: John Velazquez (12th last year with …

Critiquing the Contenders: Blofeld

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With each passing year, there seems to be one or two hot freshman sires that pop on the Derby radar. It comes as no surprise to many that Quality Road’s first crop to race is not only looking good, but …