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John R. Velazquez

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  • Little luck when jockeys get hurt

    Little luck when jockeys get hurt
    In his recurring dream, Jose Villegas still gets up in the predawn darkness at his Carroll County farmhouse, loads his riding helmet and boots into the trunk of his Toyota Corolla and drives 75 minutes to Laurel Park.
  • Stopchargingmaria wins Black-Eyed Susan Stakes

    Stopchargingmaria wins Black-Eyed Susan Stakes
    Todd Pletcher arrived at his Pimlico paddock this morning to find his filly, Stopchargingmaria, full of energy. Coming off disappointing performances in her two races this year, Pletcher didn't know what his amped-up horse would deliver. It went about...

    Napravnik ready for emotional homecoming in Preakness

    Napravnik ready for emotional homecoming in Preakness
    When Rosie Napravnik ventures to Pimlico Race Course to ride Bayern in Saturday's 139th running of the Preakness, the 26-year-old riding star can expect an emotional homecoming. A familiar face will not be there to greet her. Trainer Dickie Small, who...

    Rain lightens crowds, fields at Black-Eyed Susan Day

    Rain lightens crowds, fields at Black-Eyed Susan Day
    Friday morning's torrential rain gave fans and handicappers at Pimlico's Black-Eyed Susan Day a much different race card than they had planned for. But by the time the showpiece Black-Eyed Susan Stakes ran under a clear blue sky Friday afternoon and the...

    John Velazquez wins jockey challenge on Black-Eyed Susan Day

    John Velazquez wins jockey challenge on Black-Eyed Susan Day
    As he does customarily, John Velazquez came off the track at Pimlico Race Course, weighed himself and breezed past media en route to the jockey room. It wasn’t until a TV reporter went into the room to get him that he learned he had won Friday&...