Brothers-in-law Kevin Scatuorchio and Bryan Sullivan formed Let’s Go Stable in 2006. They offer partnerships that emphasize quality over quantity in their bid to win North America’s most prestigious races. Their efforts have been richly rewarded as they prepare undefeated Verrazano for the 139th Kentucky Derby. Scatuorchio shared his insights with Tom Pedulla of America’s Best Racing as the Run for the Roses draws near:
So much can happen on the Road to the Kentucky Derby – to horses and their riders.
We experienced that firsthand. On April 7, the day after John Velazquez won the Wood Memorial with Verrazano at Aqueduct Racetrack, he injured his ribs and right wrist in a spill at the same track.
Since John played a huge role in each of our horse’s four wins, this is the last thing any owner would want to hear. You don’t want your jockey to have any interruptions, especially when he is really rolling. Velazquez won the Florida Derby with Orb the week before the Wood Memorial, so he was making all the right moves.
When I spoke to John about what happened, he said it was like getting hit by a car. But he also assured us that the medical people overseeing his recovery mapped out a schedule that would have him ready for the first Saturday in May. We trusted in that and he kept to it. He returned to competition for the first time since he was hurt with a mount at Belmont Park on Thursday before flying to Kentucky that night.
Velazquez is a jockey worth waiting for. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame only last summer. His statistics speak for themselves. There are other good riders out there, but he would have been tough to replace and he knows what makes our horse tick, something we see as a significant advantage as we break from post 14.
A lot goes into winning the Derby. A big part of the formula involves a jockey who can work out the right trip. John understands Churchill Downs so well, and it was just two years ago that he got it done with Animal Kingdom.
John knows his way to the winner’s circle. We dream of following him there.
2013 Kentucky Derby
Saturday, Churchill Downs, Race 11, 6:24 ET
3-year-olds, 1 1/4 miles
|1||Black Onyx||Kelly Breen||Joe Bravo||50-1|
|2||Oxbow||D. Wayne Lukas||Gary Stevens||30-1|
|3||Revolutionary||Todd Pletcher||Calvin Borel||10-1|
|4||Golden Soul||Dallas Stewart||Robby Albarado||50-1|
|5||Normandy Invasion||Chad Brown||Javier Castellano||12-1|
|6||Mylute||Tom Amoss||Rosie Napravnik||15-1|
|7||Giant Finish||Tony Dutrow||Jose Espinoza||50-1|
|8||Goldencents||Doug O'Neill||Kevin Krigger||5-1|
|9||Overanalyze||Todd Pletcher||Rafael Bejarano||15-1|
|10||Palace Malice||Todd Pletcher||Mike Smith||20-1|
|11||Lines of Battle||Aidan O'Brien||Ryan Moore||30-1|
|12||Itsmyluckyday||Eddie Plesa Jr.||Elvis Trujillo||15-1|
|13||Falling Sky||John Terranova II||Luis Saez||50-1|
|14||Verrazano||Todd Pletcher||John Velazquez||4-1|
|15||Charming Kitten||Todd Pletcher||Edgar Prado||20-1|
|16||Orb||Shug McGaughey||Joel Rosario||7-2|
|17||Will Take Charge||D. Wayne Lukas||Jon Court||20-1|
|18||Frac Daddy||Kenny McPeek||Victor Lebron||50-1|
|19||Java’s War||Kenny McPeek||Julien Leparoux||15-1|
|20||Vyjack||Rudy Rodriguez||Garrett Gomez||15-1|