In the months before this year's Kentucky Derby, jockey John Velazquez told his agent, Angel Cordero Jr., he might ride two more years and call an end to his Hall of Fame career.
Only one thing nagged at the man known around the thoroughbred racing world as Johnny V.
"I would feel terrible if I retired and never won a Derby for Todd," he told Cordero.
Todd is Todd Pletcher, the trainer whose own brilliant career has been inextricably linked to Velazquez. The pair has won more than 1,600 races together in a working bond that hearkens back to the days when each major American stable seemed to have a house rider.
"It's very rare to have the same...