Latest John Velazquez News

Riding spill painful for jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., plus costly

Jun. 05, 2021 20:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A nasty fall riding in a race earlier this week not only sidelined jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., it proved costly on Saturday's Belmont Stakes card. Ortiz had to take off all 12 of his mounts because of his injuries, including a ride on Known Agenda in the $1.5...

Analysis: A lot of second chances at play in the Belmont

Jun. 05, 2021 10:00 AM EDT

The Belmont Stakes is the third leg of the Triple Crown, yet for many on Saturday it represents a second chance. First, it’s a first step for racing on what will be a long trip to escape yet another cloud. The news earlier this week of Churchill Downs suspending Bob...

Prat honors commitment to ride Hot Rod Charlie in Belmont

Jun. 02, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After Flavien Prat rode Hot Rod Charlie in the Kentucky Derby, he committed ride him again at the Belmont Stakes. Trainer Doug O'Neill called Prat's agent multiple times since to double check. When Prat won the Preakness aboard Rombauer, O'Neill made...

Essential Quality is 2-1 morning line favorite for Belmont

Jun. 01, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Essential Quality was set Tuesday as a 2-1 favorite for the Belmont Stakes, which will be run Saturday without a horse from trainer Bob Baffert pending an investigation into Medina Spirit's failed drug test after winning the Kentucky Derby. ...

Horse racing has more questions than answers post-Preakness

May. 16, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — After a week dominated by the failed drug test of trainer Bob Baffert's Kentucky Derby-winning Medina Spirit, horse racing enjoyed a rare moment to celebrate at the Preakness when unheralded Rombauer gave owners John and Diane Fradkin and trainer Michael McCarthy a victory...

Rombauer pulls Preakness upset, Baffert's Medina Spirit 3rd

May. 15, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Rombauer left Medina Spirit behind — and put horse racing’s latest controversy on the back burner. Little-known Rombauer sprung an 11-1 upset to win the Preakness on Saturday, passing Bob Baffert's Kentucky Derby winner to end a potential Triple...

Army Wife springs Black-Eyed Susan upset at Pimlico

May. 14, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Army Wife pulled off a mild upset in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes on Friday at Pimlico Race Course as embattled trainer Bob Baffert's favored Beautiful Gift finished a well-beaten seventh. Mike Maker, a former assistant trainer for Hall of Famer D. Wayne...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 07, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ COVID-19 vaccine...

Mandaloun and Essential Quality won't run in Preakness

May. 06, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

Kentucky Derby favorite Essential Quality and runner-up Mandaloun will not run against Medina Spirit in the Preakness, trainer Brad Cox said Thursday. Cox said he’ll skip the second jewel of the Triple Crown with those two horses and Caddo River, who was scratched from...

Jockey Velazquez repeats wire-to-wire effort in Derby win

May. 01, 2021 22:10 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Winning his second consecutive Kentucky Derby was only part of the statement made by jockey John Velazquez. He did it going away, just like last time. Velazquez guided Medina Spirit to a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday’s...