I think a mile and an eighth might be a little far for her, so I wanted to reserve as much as I could for the stretch runUPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup Jan 31, 2011
He's a much better horse on the grass by farUPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup Sep 19, 2011
I thought it was excellent. He nursed the horse along just like we wanted him to, a length or two in front, and was able to save enough to hold off any horse that made a run at him. We were looking for a speed type rider and he's always been one of the best in the world at putting a horse on the lead, so it was kind of a natural fit. That's what I look for when I'm trying to choose a jockey is will he fit the horse well. You want Eddie Delahoussaye on a big stretch runner and you want a P-Val on a front runner. It's that simpleUPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup Aug 29, 2011
We planned to sit close to the pace, but he took me right to the lead out of the gateUPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup Jul 06, 2010
All things considered, he might just have to stay on the grass. Polytrack might also be an optionUPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup Sep 05, 2011
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John R. Velazquez (born November 24, 1971 in Carolina, Puerto Rico) is a jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing. He learned to ride in his native Puerto Rico. On January 3rd, 1990, he won his first race aboard Rodas at El Comandante Racetrack in Canóvanas, Puerto Rico. That same year, under the guidance of agent and former jockey, Angel Cordero, Jr., he moved to New York State where he has earned 24 riding titles at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course.
He got his big break in 1998 when he won the 1998 Breeders' Cup Mile on Da Hoss.