Updated on 07/25/2013 6:23PM

Saratoga: Velazquez ties Bailey victory mark

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Barbara D. Livingston
Bill Mott congratulates John Velazquez at Saratoga after the rider got his 693rd victory at Saratoga.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - When John Velazquez guided White Rose to a three-quarter-length victory in Thursday's sixth race, it was his 693rd career victory at Saratoga, tying Jerry Bailey for the most wins at this historic track.

Velazquez also won Thursday's second on Corfu and fifth on Our Amazing Rose - both 2-year-old first-time starters trained by Todd Pletcher.

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Velazquez, who has ridden close to 4,200 mounts at the Spa, wasn't overly impressed by tying the record. Angel Cordero, Velazquez's mentor and agent, rode 649 winners - third all-time. Jerry Bailey won his 693 races in 3,381 mounts.

"It doesn't fit in the same category as when Angel was here riding 24 days a meet," Velazquez said. "Jerry and I got to ride with more racing days and more races. We definitely [are in] a different category than when Angel was here. But it's good."

 

Perl More than 1 year ago
Bailey was the man.
Ivette Pitre More than 1 year ago
Well Johnny V i think ur an amazing human being as well as an amazing jockey. U deserve every recognition u get cause u have earned it!! I'm so proud to be Puertorican just like u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
papajoe Santiago More than 1 year ago
I agree that Rosario is raising a raising star that been said,its true what johnny said even do the competition was different that it is today,one of the best jockeys that I had seen riding was Ramon Dominguez I mean he can ride he had the gift he was a natural. when I was in new York I remember Cordero,E.Belmonte,eddie,maple jerry B,& RON TURQUET who rode the legend of legends SECRETERIAT.thru the years we have had many great jockeys & horses. JERRY BAILY TO ME WAS ONE OF THE BEST JOCKEYS SPECIALLY IN THE GRASS.NOW IN THESE DAYS THEY BUY OUR CHAMPIONS & TAKE THEM SOMEWERE ELSE OR THEY OR THEY PUTTING THEM TO STUD,YEAR AGO WE HAD SO MANNY CHMPIONS TO CHEER NOW WE HAVE ONE OR 2.THE COMPETITION IS SO WEAK THAT THE EUROPEANS ARE SENDIND THEIR SUB-PAR HORSES HERE TO BEAT OURS.WE NEED TO INCREACE TH TAKE OUT FOR BETTORS,ITS A SHAME THAT THE TAKE OUT IS SO LOW HERE FOR US BETTORS NO WONDER THEY SAYING RACING IS DYING SLWLY & CLOSING RACE TRACKS ACROSS AMERICA THEY THE OWNER MUST DO MORE SO THAT OUR CHAMPIONS STAY HERE RUNNING .WE SHOW TO THE OTHERS COUNTRYS THAT WHEN THEY SEND THEIR HORSES HERE THEY BETTER BE READY.
Petra Neumueller More than 1 year ago
Regardless of that accomplishment being great or just good, John Velazquez is one of the finest jockeys to be found on American racetracks. At least in my world he is. There are few with his ability to relax a horse like he does, and I do admire his fine hand for fillies!
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
Angle rode against the best, often CA jocks would be in for the Spa meet and the NY jock gourp was extrta special just remember, Jacinto Vasquez, Jorge Valesquez, Eddie Maple, Jean Curget, Jean Luc S., Jerry Baily, Jose Santos, and the most under rated NY jock of all time Rubin Hernandz.
Gene More than 1 year ago
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Greg More than 1 year ago
Great ride today on White rose. Beat the Euro easy. Beat him to the punch an it was Rosario . who is the next grat rider on the move !!
Greg More than 1 year ago
Very modest statements from Johnny V. I think he is as good as Bailey an Angel , more competition these days.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Could not have happened with a better Trainer. A memory for Johnny's lifetime. Is Bailey flying in tomorrow morning? Nah - Raceriders don't expect that - justa nuther day at work.