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Vino Rosso

  • Jockey
    John R. Velazquez
  • Trainer
    Todd Pletcher
  • Owner
    Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable
  • Breeder
    John D. Gunther
  • Sire
    Curlin
  • Dam
    Mythical Bride

Vino Rosso gave his owners Mike Repole and Vinnie Viola (St. Elias Stable) the perfect reason to host a party with that adult beverage flowing freely last spring, after the Curlin colt captured the Wood Memorial Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct. “I’ve known Vinnie for six or seven years now,” Repole told Thoroughbred Daily News' Steve Sherack. “My wife grew up in Brooklyn, Vinnie grew up in Brooklyn. His wife grew up in Queens, I grew up in Queens. I love his story, and he loves mine. We're all about family first and big, Italian families. Winning the Wood with Vinnie was probably one of the best wins I’ve ever had. It was so awesome having both of our families there. After the race we went back to my house with about 60 other people and we drank a lot of Vino Rosso and had a good time.” Vino Rosso then ran ninth in the Kentucky Derby, fourth in the Belmont, third in Jim Dandy and fifth in the Travers before going to bench for the season. Trainer Todd Pletcher had him ready at first asking for his four-year-old debut, as he made a five-wide move and then fended off Title Ready down the stretch in the Stymie Stakes at Aqueduct in early March. Two starts later, Vino Rosso captured his first Grade one in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1) May 27. With John Velazquez aboard, Vino Rosso loomed up to engage Gift Box at the head of the stretch, and drew off near the wire. "I knew the pace would be fast early and I just wanted to stay close. He broke very well and we settled in there. When it was time to go, we knew we had to engage Joel (Rosario on Gift Box) to play the game because he was the horse to beat. And we got the job done,” said Velazquez. “Vino Rosso seemed to have it all put together today." A $410,000 yearling purchase at the Keeneland September Sale, Vino Rosso has earned over $1.2 million.

Lifetime Stats

Earnings
$
14
2019 Graded Stakes Points

Previous Races

ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
August 03, 2019Whitney S.SARATOGA13
May 27, 2019Gold Cup at Santa Anita S.SANTA ANITA PARK11
April 06, 2019Carter H.AQUEDUCT14
March 09, 2019Stymie S.AQUEDUCT 1
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
August 25, 2018Runhappy Travers S. Presented by NYRA BetsSARATOGA15
July 28, 2018Jim Dandy S. presented by NYRA BetsSARATOGA23
June 09, 2018Belmont S. Presented by NYRA BetsBELMONT PARK14
May 05, 2018Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford ReserveCHURCHILL DOWNS19
April 07, 2018Wood Memorial S. presented by NYRA BetsAQUEDUCT21
March 10, 2018Lambholm South Tampa Bay DerbyTAMPA BAY DOWNS24
February 10, 2018Sam F. Davis S.TAMPA BAY DOWNS33
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
December 22, 2017 TAMPA BAY DOWNS 1
November 11, 2017 AQUEDUCT 1

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