The Royal Ascot heavyweights are poised to square off in the first of two group 1 events on the second-last day of Royal Ascot.
The Prince of Wales's Stakes (G1), the richest race of the meeting and one of its most competitive at the top level, is the gem of the second day of Royal Ascot June 21.
Connections of some United States-based runners who plan to compete in the Royal Ascot meeting June 20-24 gathered for a news conference June 15 at the historic Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket.
Trainer Wesley Ward sent out 11 workers in five separate groups the morning of June 5 on Keeneland's turf course, headed by European champion Lady Aurelia who is bound for Royal Ascot a second straight year.
Keeneland-based trainer Wesley Ward sent out seven runners May 30, including European champion Lady Aurelia, for works over the turf course in preparation for stakes at Royal Ascot in England in June.
European champion Lady Aurelia, based at Keeneland with trainer Wesley Ward, worked five furlongs in 1:02 3/5 on a firm turf course the morning of May 23 at the Lexington oval as she continues training toward a start in the June 20 King's Stand (G1).
Ward sent out six contenders for half-mile works over the firm turf course at Lexington in preparation for Royal Ascot next month.
Lady Aurelia earned every style point April 15 in her first outing since last September when she whipped her way off the final turn to a 2 1/2-length victory in the $100,000 Giant's Causeway Stakes over the Keeneland lawn.
Not only will Stonestreet Stables, George Bolton, and Peter Leidel's group 1 winner face an overflow field in the $100,000 Giant's Causeway Stakes April 15 at Keeneland, but she'll also face older horses for the first time.
Trainer Wesley Ward said Keeneland's listed Giant's Causeway Stakes, at 5 1/2 furlongs on turf April 15, is scheduled to mark the 2017 debut of Stonestreet Farm, George Bolton, Peter Leidel's Lady Aurelia, Europe's 2016 champion 2-year-old filly.
Jockey Albin Jimenez reached the 1,000-win milestone Feb. 25, after Ice Wine Stable's Zarman led gate to wire in the fourth race at Turfway Park and drew off to break his maiden by a decisive 5 1/4 lengths.
Lady Aurelia turned in her second timed move of the year Feb. 15, covering three furlongs in :37.09 at Stonestreet Training Center as she readies for her sophomore debut, which will likely come during the Keeneland Spring meet.
While many Breeders' Cup pre-entered horses already are in Southern California, several also wrapped up final serious works elsewhere Oct. 29, including I'm a Chatterbox at Keeneland and 2015 Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Keen Ice at Belmont Park.
Star Kentucky-bred filly Lady Aurelia is to return to the United States for some time off at co-owner Stonestreet Farm near Lexington after a scope following her first defeat in the Sept. 24 Cheveley Park Stakes (Eng-I) shows she bled.
Evelyn Stockwell's homebred Brave Anna upset five other juvenile fillies Sept. 24 in the £102,078 ($132,701) Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket.
Trainer Wesley Ward believes his unbeaten juvenile filly Lady Aurelia just might run of the best race of her young career in the Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes (Eng-I) Sept. 24 at Newmarket.
While Red Lodge is the only stakes winner entered in the $250,000 Natalma Stakes (Can-IT) Sept. 18 on the Woodbine turf, the expected full field is dotted with juvenile fillies who flashed talent in their maiden wins.
A showdown between Scat Daddy's star juveniles Caravaggio and Lady Aurelia in the Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) Aug. 21 at Deauville will likely not take place as Caravaggio is being aimed instead toward a race in September, Racing Post reports.
Scat Daddy filly gets her final U.S. work at Keeneland Aug. 11 and will ship to France Aug. 13. Stablemate Acapulco will miss the Nunthorpe Stakes (Eng-I), however, due to a foot issue.
Ever So Clever, with a 93 Equibase Speed Figure in her July 1 debut, holds the edge with an outside post draw for the Aug. 13 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) for juvenile fillies at Saratoga.
"I got her in November, and she's a lovely filly," Ward said. "You can ship her anywhere, she's absolutely no problem."
The impressive winner at Royal Ascot last month is targeting her third win, and first in group I company, after impressively breaking her maiden at Keeneland in April and dominating the field in the Queen Mary (Eng-II).
Trainer Wesley Ward is favoring the Prix Morny (Fr-I) in France for his star juvenile filly Lady Aurelia, one of the most impressive winners at Royal Ascot in June, and hopes to work her at Keeneland in the next 10 days.
After earning a classic placing in her previous start in France, Al Shaqab Racing's Qemah would not be denied June 17 as she powered home in the final furlong of the £226,840 Coronation Stakes (Eng-I) to score a 1 3/4-length victory.
Lady Aurelia was incredibly impressive in her second start, winning the five-furlong Queen Mary Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot, on ground probably not to her liking.
Lady Aurelia, winner of a maiden special weight at Keeneland in April, followed up with a blowout victory in the Queen Mary Stakes (Eng-II) for 2-year-olds June 15 at Royal Ascot in England.
Hall of Fame jockey and three-time Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Kent Desormeaux issued a brief statement June 4 through his agent J. R. Pegram, stating that he will return to riding June 9 following a brief stay in an alcohol rehabilitation program.
The Wesley Ward-trained Acapulco, easy winner of the Unbridled Sidney Stakes May 14 at Churchill Downs, came out of the race fine and is set for a trip to Royal Ascot.
Ward plans on sending Acapulco to Royal Ascot in England to make a start in either the King's Stand on June 14 or the Commonwealth Cup on June 17. Both races are group I events.
AJ Suited Racing Stable's Power Alert (AUS) looks to become the first repeat winner of the $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint Presented by TwinSpires.com (gr. IIIT) when he faces 12 rivals including grade I winner Hootenanny May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Wesley Ward has entered three winning fillies against males in the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes Thursday, May 5 at Churchill Downs.
Toews On Ice heads a field of five 3-year-olds entered in the $100,000 William Walker Stakes on the April 30 opening night Churchill Downs card.
Freshman sire Union Rags' first progeny to race also became his first winner April 20 at Aqueduct Racetrack, where Brian Kahn's homebred Lady Stardust won impressively for trainer Wesley Ward.
Undrafted caught a sizzling pace to close into and rallied for the win April 9, taking the $200,000 Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIT) at Keeneland for owners Wes Welker and Sol Kumin.
Not surprisingly, trainer Wesley Ward began the Keeneland spring meet April 8 with a 2-year-old winner. But this one is a filly he bred.
Trainer Wesley Ward continued his roll at the Turfway Park winter/spring meet the evening of Feb. 19 with three victories, including the returning group II-winning filly Acapulco.
A full field of 3-year-olds will line up for the $50,000 WEBN Stakes at Turfway Park on Saturday, Feb. 20 for the 30th renewal of the 6-1/2 furlong race.
Wesley Ward's well-traveled Shrinking Violet will look for a repeat score in the $200,000 Monrovia Stakes (gr. IIT) Jan. 3, after taking the 2015 edition of the race a year ago.
Stakes winners Full Salute and Sheikh of Sheikhs top the field of seven 3-year-olds entered in the Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 2, one of five stakes on the first Saturday card of 2016.
The 2015 Longines Hong Kong International Races not only provided some of the best competition in the event's illustrious history but also cemented its position as the anchor leg of annual international competition.
U.S. horses Mongolian Saturday and Green Mask are both good to go for the Dec. 13 Longines Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I) at Sha Tin Racecourse, according to their trainers.
Always one of the most competitive races on the World Championships card, this year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) features the return of last year's winner, Bobby's Kitten, and a trio from Wesley Ward.
Resurgent champion jockey Frankie Dettori will be aboard Judy the Beauty when the reigning champion female sprinter bids for a repeat win in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak briefs us on the day's works, cancellations, and who to expect on the track tomorrow. Hear about Beholder's visits to the Keeneland training track and paddock as well as Wesley Ward's turf workers. watch video
Claire Novak briefs us on the day's works, cancellations, and who to expect on the track tomorrow. Hear about Beholder's visits to the Keeneland training track and paddock as well as Wesley Ward's turf workers.
With no main track workers, morning workouts for Breeders' Cup hopefuls at Keeneland Oct. 25 were highlighted by breezes over the turf course, including a quartet from trainer Wesley Ward.
Sunset Glow and Osaila, the 2-3 finishers from last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT), head a field of 14 sophomore fillies for the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (gr. IIIT) Oct. 24 at Keeneland.
Champion Judy the Beauty tuned up for the defense of her title in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I) by working five furlongs in company in 1:01 4/5 at Keeneland Oct. 19.
A pair of Winchell Thoroughbreds' leading contenders for the Breeders' Cup were on the track at Keeneland early Oct. 18, with Untapable breezing five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 and Tapiture getting the same distance in 1:00 3/5.
Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) contender Undrafted has raced at 11 different tracks during a 21-race career that has included two forays to England.
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