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A Seat in the Bleachers: Velazquez saw career take flight at Saratoga

John Velazquez rides Kissable to victory Monday in the Waya, one of many stakes races he's won at Saratoga Race Course.
John Velazquez rides Kissable to victory Monday in the Waya, one of many stakes races he's won at Saratoga Race Course.
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The 2-year-old filly was named Circle of Life. She was trained by a young former assistant to Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas named Todd Pletcher and finished second in the 1999 Schuylerville under Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey, while a young jockey from Puerto Rico named John Velazquez finished last on long shot Gilded Diablo Velazquez had hoped to be riding the favorite in the final juvenile filly stakes of the meet, the Spinaway, ...


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