Puerto Rican jockey John Velazquez rides Always Dreaming to Kentucky Derby victory

Puerto Rican pride!! 🇵🇷

Repeating Islands


A report by Joe Drape for the New York Times.

Both of them were racetrack whiz kids when they met more than two decades ago in New York, where the pedigrees of the horses are dissected like earnings reports, but the blood lines of the humans not so much.

Todd Pletcher was the son of a salty Texan by the name of J. J., a trainer who had more stories than he did victories. John Velazquez was a rider from Puerto Rico who went north at the behest of a mentor, a Hall of Famer named Angel Cordero Jr., to find fame and fortune.

Pletcher had a puny string of a dozen or so horses. Velazquez was the first one at the trainer’s barn at Belmont Park each morning to work the horses in the hope of getting on their backs in the afternoon.

Over 24 years, they made…

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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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