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Mar 29 2014 Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds II 1 1/8 Miles 2 REPLAY
Feb 22 2014 Risen Star Fair Grounds II 1 1/16 Miles 1 REPLAY
Jan 25 2014 Holy Bull Gulfstream Park II 1 1/16 Miles 3 REPLAY
Nov 30 2013 Remsen Aqueduct II 1 1/16 Miles 4 REPLAY


Todd Pletcher


Pletcher won the 2010 Kentucky Derby with Super Saver and also trained Kentucky Oaks winners Rags to Riches (2007) and Princess of Sylmar (2013). He won four straight Eclipse Awards as top trainer from 2004-2007 and again in 2010, 2013 and 2014. The Texas native has also been the leading American conditioner by money won nine times since 2004. He's conditioned multiple Eclipse champions including Uncle Mo, Ashado, English Channel, Speighstown, Fleet Indian, Wait a While, Lawyer Ron, and Left Bank – and has saddled a co-record five starters in the Kentucky Derby twice before (2007 & 2013). Pletcher ranks second by Kentucky Derby starters with 40, trailing only living-legend D. Wayne Lukas.

John Velazquez


John Velazquez has ridden in thirteen editions of the Kentucky Derby and won the 2011 Kentucky Derby aboard Animal Kingdom. He won the 2004 Kentucky Oaks with Ashado. John was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011 and was twice awarded the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey. He is a two time Belmont Stakes winner and has ridden 10 horses to victory in the Breeders' Cup. Other notable mounts include: Uncle Mo, Da Hoss, Lemon Drop Kid, Lawyer Ron, and Rags to Riches.

Starlight Racing


Starlight Racing was founded by Jack and Laurie Wolf and was represented early on by millionaire earner and Kentucky Debry starter Harlan's Holiday. As a leading partnership in racing they have also campaigned back to back Eclipse Award champion and Kentucky Oaks winner Ashado. They have been in business for over ten years and in 2004 were joined in the current partnership by Barbara and Donald Lucarelli. Additional top stable runners include Algorithms, Keyed Entry, Octave, Purge, Monba, Sam P and Take the Points.


Harlan's Holiday-Intensify, by Unbridled's Song

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Intense Holiday's sire Harlan's Holiday and broodmare sire Unbridled's Song were both beaten Kentucky Derby favorites in their respective years.

Harlan's Holiday was seventh as the 6-1 choice in the 2002 Run for the Roses. His marquee wins came at 1 1/8 miles, including the Florida Derby and Blue Grass at three and the Donn Handicap as an older horse. Although winless from six tries at 1 1/4 miles, Harlan's Holiday did place in such elite races as the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Dubai World Cup and Hollywood Gold Cup at that classic distance.

A successful sire who unfortunately died last November, Harlan's Holiday is responsible for all types of runners. On the Triple Crown scene, his best son was Denis of Cork, the third-placer in the 2008 Kentucky Derby and runner-up in the Belmont.

Harlan's Holiday has also sired Shanghai Bobby, the champion two-year-old male of 2012; top juvenile Into Mischief (a hot young sire himself); speedy sprinter Majesticperfection; turf performer Willcox Inn; synthetic specialist Mendip, who won at up to 1 3/16 miles in Dubai; and current three-year-olds Ami's Holiday and Poker Player.

Intense Holiday is the second registered foal from Intensify, who failed to place from five career starts.

Intensify is by top sire Unbridled's Song. The winner of the 1996 Florida Derby and Wood Memorial, he was fifth as the 7-2 favorite in that year's Kentucky Derby in his only 1 1/4-mile attempt.

Unbridled's Song was bred to handle the classic distance, however, as a son of 1990 Derby-winning champion Unbridled.

Sadly, Unbridled's Song died last summer, just as three of his sons were coming to prominence. Will Take Charge went on to clinch champion three-year-old honors by taking the Travers and Clark and just missing in the Breeders' Cup Classic, while Graydar and Cross Traffic established themselves as leading older males.

Other progeny include Eight Belles, the ill-fated second in the 2008 Derby; Dunkirk, runner-up in the 2009 Belmont Stakes; 2008 champion juvenile colt Midshipman; and Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic heroines Unbridled Elaine (2001) and Unrivaled Belle (2010).

Daughters of Unbridled's Song have produced the likes of General Quarters and his half-brother, classy Japanese performer A Shin Top; Australian celebrities Puissance de Lune, Mrs. Onassis and Once Were Wild; and U.S. Grade 1 stars Unbridled Command and The Lumber Guy.

Intensify is a half-sister to millionaire Crafty Shaw, a grand old campaigner who won 15 of 44 career starts. Twice victorious in the Turfway Park Fall Championship, he scored additional Grade 3 wins in the Rebel, Essex and Hanshin Cup. Another half-sibling is multiple stakes queen and Grade 2-placed Her She Kisses.

Intensify, Crafty Shaw and Her She Kisses are all out of Her She Shawklit, who was Grade 1-placed at Saratoga. Her She Shawklit is by yet another beaten Kentucky Derby favorite, Air Forbes Won, seventh in the 1982 running. She is a full sister to Shawklit Won, runner-up in the 1987 Gotham and third in the Wood Memorial, and a half-sister to Grade 3 hero Mr. Shawklit. 

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