Kentucky Horse Racing Commission
stewards plan no action against trainer Todd Pletcher or jockey John
Velazquez after Life At Ten failed to be competitive in the Breeders’
Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1) on November 5 at Churchill Downs.
Steward John Veitch interviewed Pletcher about the race in which Life
At Ten was not asked for her best after a sluggish start. Sent off as
the 3.80-to-1 second choice in the Ladies’ Classic, which handled
$12,194,157, the two-time Grade 1 winner slowly galloped around
Churchill before being eased by Velazquez, who sensed something amiss.
At Ten developed a fever the day after the race, signaling an illness
or infection. The fever was not indicated when her temperature was
taken on race day.
it was incubating and it showed itself at race time,” Veitch said.
“Todd had told [Velazquez] that she seemed dull in the paddock. He said
to warm her up and see how she feels.”