rider John Velazquez cruised
to victory as the Jockeysâ€™ Guild Jockey of the Week based on his impressive
performance on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Three of his four winning rides
were in Stakes events, culminating with a win aboard the Todd Pletcher
trained Materiality in
the Grade I Florida Derby.
The win may lead to a tough decision for Velazquez, who is the
regular rider of Derby hopeful Carpe
Diem as well. Carpe Diem and Velazquez will go next in
Bluegrass Stakes on April 4th at Keeneland Racecourse.
Earlier on the card Velazquez made a well timed move to angle
out and just get up in time aboard War
Correspondent to win the Grade III Appleton Stakes
followed by a victory aboard Beauty
Parlor in the Grade III Orchid Stakes.
Velazquez finished the week out with 6 wins, 4 seconds, and 3
thirds from 18 mounts and total earnings of $960,130.
It will be a busy
time in the upcoming weeks as Velazquez plans to split time between Keeneland
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