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Two big contenders and one trainer

The outstanding Venezuelan Jockey, Ramon Alfredo Dominguez goes for the seventh time to the Kentucky Derby, an event considered as the most prestigious horse race in the world to be played on next Saturday May 1st at Churchill Downs Racetrack.

In the 2006 Kentucky Derby Dominguez took Bluegrass Cat to the second place and his Kentucky Derby odds increased when in February this year, Dominguez won the first five consecutive races at Aqueduct Racetrack.

The Venezuelan finished last season in second place for total of wins and was a finalist for the Eclipse Award as the rider of the year.

Dominguez has chosen the mount of Rule for the next race also known as “The Run for the Roses”. Rule is the son of Roman Ruler and is trained by Todd Pletcher, who has never been able to won the Kentucky Derby.

Rule debuted on July 19th 2009 and reached the third place at Belmont Park and then came in second at Saratoga and finished third place in the Florida Derby.

Dominguez has run in six editions of the Run for the Roses and his best achievement was in 2006 where he reached second place on board of Bluegrass Cat.

On the other hand, jockey John Velazquez has participated in eleven editions of the Kentucky Derby and his best finish came in 2001, reaching the second place on Invisible Ink.

Velazquez is one of the biggest competitors for the Venezuelan.

This year Velázquez will ride Kentucky’s Derby favorite, Eskendereya, which was the powerful winner of the $ 750,000 Wood Memorial and which is also trained by Todd Pletcher.

Pletcher has the record for most stakes races won in a year with 100 wins in 2006 and won four straight Eclipse Awards for outstanding trainers in the nation from 2004-2007.

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