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The Todd Squad Looking For More "V's"

The letter "V" stands for, among other words, Victory. In the horseracing world, especially in trainer Todd Pletcher's stable, "V" stands for Violence and Verrazano. Two horses, who have been victorious for the 45-year old conditioner in 4 combined races. Three wins for the former and one win for the latter.

 

Violence ran his record to a perfect 3-for-3 when notching his second stakes victory in the 1 1/16-mile Grade 1 Cash Call Futurity at Hollywood Park on December 15th. With Javier Castellano again in the irons, the son of Medaglia d'Oro enjoyed a stalking trip before edging away for a 1 and 1/4 -length score and final time of 1 43 2/5. Before winning his first 2-turn attempt, the big, leggy Violence broke his maiden despite a slow start in his Saratoga debut then survived an inquiry to take the bumpy Grade 2 Nashua Stakes at Aqueduct on November 4th. Violence is being pointed to the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park or the Risen Star at Fairgrounds, both G2 races on February 23rd, to start his sophomore season.

 

Verrazano entered the Kentucky Derby picture with a spectacular New Years Day debut at Gulfstream Park. The More Than Ready colt tracked the early leaders, moved three-wide into the far turn and poured it on down the lane to trounce 10 maiden special weight rivals in a sensational 7 and 3/4 -length score. Ridden by John Velazquez, the bay runner stopped the clock in 1 16 2/5 for the 6 1/2-furlong contest and earned a 94 Beyer Speed Figure. His next start is still to be determined.

 

 

Violence and Verrazano, two "V"'s in the Pletcher arsenal that join stablemates: Archwarrior, Capo Bastone, Delhomme, Notacatbutallama, Overanalyze, Palace Malice, Revolutionary, Shanghai Bobby and Tizracer. All of them looking to stay on or get on that long, winding, tricky and gruesome "Road To The Kentucky Derby" at Churchill Downs where just maybe for one of them, the biggest "V" happens on May 4th.

 

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Older Comments about The Todd Squad Looking For More "V's"...

I want to see how they all perform when all are in top shape! That's when true talent arises, and records are broken... hopefully!
False info, though, LOL. It wasn't a bullet, second out of 23, i think.
In the e-mail this time he phrased it like this: "Gosh that Bobby horse is really in shape. He moved five today in 1:00:04. Bulleted. Moved fast, easy-going stride. Got a bit tired at the end, but he galloped out well enough to say it was a good work. Seems to be in shape for the Holy Bull."
haha "sexy" that's funny. I bet you Bern is looking good too! Has he been keeping an eye on him for me? :) lol
Railbird down in FL e-mailed me saying Bobby had ANOTHER sexy work :) LOL. He seems to be in top shape for the Holy Bull.
If it's going to be a Pletcher, it's going to be a WinStar. Case closed.
I don't think Pletcher's barn will win any of the triple crown races, because he's had stacked barns before. Only Revolutionary and Capo Bastone have a chance to possibly win one.
@Trackside, can provide where the info came on Darwin? So no TC preps? Toga? ugggg!
Pletcher is loaded, but I still prefer Baffert's runners....for the time being.
My friend told me this: "That Pletcher baby has had a couple sexy moves, really good looking horse, but I know you hate Todd so I'll shut up now." LOL.
Darwin is getting a break and is being targeted for a Belmont or Saratoga return. Micromanage is resting up following a last place finish in the Remsen Stakes and may return in April.
Don't forget Darwin, the Big Brown colt, broke his maiden at Belmont. Coolmore USA bought this PA-bred for $1,200,000 as a 2YO.

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Hi, my name is Nick Costa a.k.a. Trackman. As for my "nickname" of Trackman, it came about the following way: When people, either friends or family would inquire as to where I was going, my reply was always the same, "I'm going to the track man." I was born and raised in Niagara Falls, New York, about a 30 minute drive from the racetrack, in Fort Erie, Canada.  I was five years old the first time I attended the races. My father, who was a regular at the track, took me to Fort Erie. My first recollections were of just running up and down the stairs to and from our grandstand seats and the walking ring. Of course, after viewing the horses, I would run back up the stairs, and tell my father who to bet. He would look at me quizzically, and then proceed to place a $2 dollar wager on my selection for me. Through the years, with continuous trips to Fort Erie, and also to Woodbine and the now defunct Greenwood, my father would take the time to explain all the information in the Daily Racing Form. After I learned the basics of handicapping, I never met a racing Form I didn't like. If I had spent as much time on my studies as I did reading the Form, I probably could be sitting on the Supreme Court. Those early horse playing days have  lasted into my adulthood, as I still play the races today on a regular basis. But now I have added a couple of new dimensions. First, I officially became a licensed thoroughbred race horse owner back in 2000, fulfilling a dream come true. Fort Erie, where I mostly play the races and race my horses, is still my favorite track. It's my home track, where I fell in love with everything about the sport. In addition to the tracks mentioned that I visited with my father, I have graced the grounds of Churchill
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The blog was established to provide some personal insight about the horses and trainers who compete against one another in the 3 yr old prep races leading up to the Kentucky Derby. I preview and review the preps races and extend coverage to include the Preakness and Belmont. Last year, my blog previewed the Canadian Triple Crown races for the first time. The second leg, The Prince Of Wales Stakes, is run at my home track of Fort Erie. I am honored and thrilled to be on board with Horse Racing Nation and I want to thank everyone for their support.