Eased just off the pace in the turn by red-hot jockey John Velazquez, favored Blofeld then rallied along the rail to win the $200,000 Futurity Stakes by three-quarters of a length Oct. 5 at Belmont Park.
Even-money choice Stopchargingmaria, always prominent for jockey John Velazquez, prevailed in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes for her second top-level win in a row at the Saratoga Race Course meet Aug. 16.
After knocking on the door in Grade 1 events for the better part of three years, owner-trainer Wesley Ward's Judy the Beauty finally earned her top-level laurels on Saturday with an authoritative victory in the $300,000 Madison under John Velazquez.
Jockey John Velazquez, who is recuperating from injuries suffered Nov. 2 when when his mount Secret Compass broke down during the running of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, reports he expects a full recovery.
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, who will ride undefeated Wood Memorial winner Verrazano in the May 4 Kentucky Derby, returned to competition the afternoon of May 2 at Belmont Park, where he finished seventh on his first mount since April 7.
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez sustained a slight fracture of his first rib on the right side and a small bone chip near his right wrist as the result of a spill in the seventh race at Aqueduct Racetrack April 7, according to his valet, Tony Millan.
Pit last year's European-based Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf winner against New York's finest coming off five consecutive victories, and the 2012 Turf might look like a two-horse race between St Nicholas Abbey and Point of Entry.