Todd Pletcher, trainer of Life At Ten, has issued a statement regarding the much-publicized incident in which his filly finished last in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I), creating a public outcry.
Sent off at odds of 7-2, Life at Ten, owned by Candy DeBartolo, was discovered to be lethargic in the saddling area and again on a the racetrack warming up. That observation was relayed to ESPN on live television by jockey John Velazquez, who never persevered with the filly once the gates opened.
Life At Ten proceeded to lope around the track until being eased by Velazquez after a half-mile.
The long-awaited Kentucky Horse Racing Commission report on the incident is scheduled to be released March 10 following what officials termed an extensive investigation.