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Get to know Belmont Stakes Contender
Vino Rosso

Owner: Repole Stable & St. Elias Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez

2018 Wood Memorial Replay

Get to Know Vino Rosso

Sire: Curlin (Smart Strike)
Dam: Mythical Bride (Street Cry [IRE])
Foaled: March 29, 2015
Breeder: John D. Gunther

Starts: 6
Wins: 3
Seconds: 0
Thirds: 1
Earnings: $620,500

Bettors’ Edge

By Jeremy Plonk

Vino Rosso: Todd Pletcher’s three Belmont wins and five runner-ups in the race make him a must-respect contender. And that’s before you examine the horse’s effective marathon running style, a run-all-day sort who pounds out a steady tempo. He consistently has fired some of this crop’s best BRIS late pace figures. Since his efforts at Tampa this spring, Vino Rosso has been by tab for the Belmont Stakes and he should come into the race highly dangerous under John Velazquez, this generation’s big-race king of Belmont Park and a 6-time leading local rider. He’s won this race aboard Rags to Riches (for Pletcher) and more recently Union Rags. Vino Rosso rates a major win contender as nine of the last 18 Belmont winners were Derby starters who skipped the Preakness and utilized the five-week window.

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Vino Rosso Race History

Date Race Track Finish
May 5, 2018 Kentucky Derby (G1) Churchill Downs 9th
April 7, 2018 Wood Memorial Stakes (G2) Aqueduct 1st
March 10, 2018 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (G2) Tampa Bay 4th
February 10, 2018 Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) Tampa Bay 3rd
December 22, 2017 Allowance Tampa Bay 1st
November 11, 2017 Maiden Aqueduct 1st