Hootenanny has proven himself against talented juvenile turf runners in Europe and Luck of the Kitten banked a graded stakes at Santa Anita, giving trainer Wesley Ward two good chances to land his first Breeders' Cup win.
Two-time grade I winner Artemis Agrotera boasts a three-race win streak going into this year's $1 million DraftKings Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Wes Welker's Undrafted worked five furlongs in :59 1/5, best of 27 at the distance, on the fast main track at Keeneland Oct. 19 as he prepares for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita Park.
Two prominent horses being pointed to this year's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, Judy the Beauty and Midnight Lucky, will enter the seven-furlong race off long breaks. Both have shown ability to win off long breaks.
A long layoff proved no problem for the talented No Nay Never, who scored a front-running victory in the $150,000 Woodford Stakes Presented by Keeneland Select (gr. IIIT) Oct. 4 at Keeneland.
Martin Racing Stable's Marchman, winner of the Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland earlier this year, returns to the Lexington track for the $150,000 Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 4.
Kentucky Downs closed out its highly successful 2014 live racing season Wednesday, Sept. 24, and the track established new records for wagering handle and starters per race during the five race-date season.
Two-time Horse of the Year worked five furlongs on the turf Sept. 23 in 1:01.20.
For his first start back from Europe after a fourth-place finish in the Darley July Cup (Eng-I), grade III winner Undrafted will try the European-style turf course at Kentucky Downs.
Suntracer, beaten by 20 lengths in his last start, was all out to hold off the closing Pyrite Mountain by a nose to win the $347,400 Kentucky Cup Turf (gr. IIIT) over the twisting Kentucky Downs turf course Sept. 13.
Odds-on favorite Sunset Glow bulled her way between horses at the top of the stretch to get the lead and repelled the determined rally of Her Emmynency to capture the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) Aug. 30.
On the morning of Aug. 28, Keeneland Race Course opened its new state-of-the-art dirt main track to training for the first time since the artificial Polytrack surface was replaced.
Sunset Glow handled her rivals in the Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) with consummate ease last time, and she is a standout among the field of untried 2-year-old fillies entered for the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) Aug. 30.
The Wow Signal edged past U.S.-based Hootenanny nearing the finish of the Aug. 24 Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) for 2-year-olds at Deauville and won by a half-length to kept his perfect record intact.
Royal Ascot winners Hootenanny and The Wow Signal are set to face off in a field of nine 2-year-olds set for the Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) Aug. 24 at Deauville.
Judy the Beauty, able to sit off a hot pace duel, swung into action in the stretch and inched away to a clear victory in the $147,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 17 at Del Mar.
Following up on a runner-up effort at Royal Ascot in June, well-traveled Sunset Glow dominated the field in the $200,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar Aug. 6, leading all the way for a 3 1/4-length victory.
Eliminating race-day Salix is gaining momentum. read blog
Sunset Glow, runner-up in a group III test that drew 21 competitors at Royal Ascot in June, returns to action for trainer Wesley Ward in the $200,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 6 at Del Mar.
Making his first start in stakes company, front-running Tourist put away Storming Inti rounding the turn for home and spurted clear in the stretch to take the $100,000 Sir Cat Stakes on opening day at Saratoga July 18.
The $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. III) July 19 at Saratoga Race Course pits two undefeated stakes winners in Bessie's Boy, six-length winner of the Tremont at Belmont, and impressive Bashford Manor victor Cinco Charlie.
Trainer Wesley Ward, who saddled a 2-year-old stakes winner at the Royal Ascot meet, demonstrate his prowess with juveniles again June 20 at Belmont Park, sending out Bessie's Boy to a six-length victory in the Tremont.
Doug Salvatore handicaps the Tremont Stakes and recaps two maiden races from June 19. read blog
American trainer Wesley Ward's annual trip to Royal Ascot was off to a dazzling start opening day June 17, when 2-year-old colt Hootenanny dominated 23 overmatched rivals in the Windsor Castle Stakes.
With his Triple Crown assault aboard California Chrome behind him, jockey Victor Espinoza is set to add to his frequent flier miles when he leaves for England Sunday, June 15.
NFL star wide receiver Wes Welker's turf sprinter Undrafted put the finishing touches on preparations for a trip to Newmarket next month with a clear victory in the June 7 Jaipur Invitational Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park.
Wes Welker's Undrafted charged from off the pace to win the $300,000 Jaipur Invitational Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 7 at Belmont Park. The son of Purim completed the six furlongs in 1:07.24.
Trainer Wesley Ward sent out four Royal Ascot hopefuls, all 2-year-olds, for four-furlong drills the morning of May 26 at Arlington International Racecourse.
Doug Salvatore handicaps juvenile races at Churchill Downs and Santa Anita. read blog
With only three horses from the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contesting the Preakness Stakes (gr. 1) May 17, Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas said he will initiate discussions to change the spacing between races.
Pablo Del Monte, third in the grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes in April, will attempt to go even longer, and this time on dirt, in the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course.
Ring Weekend breezed six furlong in 1:13 1/5 at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md. the morning of May 10 and appears likely for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Pedigree Handicapping With Brisnet.com & Doug Salvatore: Race 6 Friday at Churchill read blog
Wes Welker's Undrafted is being pointed to the six-furlong Darley July Cup (Eng-I) July 12 at Newmarket. Trained by Wesley Ward, Undrafted registered a runner-up finish in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes (gr. IIIT).
California Chrome had no trouble handling the plethora of speed horses in the Kentucky Derby. Will the new wave of talented speed horses expected for the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) pose a bigger problem for him?
Pablo Del Monte, the also-eligible who got a chance to draw in to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) following the withdrawal of Rebel Stakes (gr. II) winner Hoppertunity, will not run in the classic.
An injured left front foot will keep Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) runner-up Hoppertunity from competing in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The scratch of Hoppertunity dominated the news for Thursday. The update includes comments from trainer Bob Baffert on Hoppertunity, and from trainer Wesley Ward on a possible start for Pablo Del Monte. Watch Video
Owner/trainer Wesley Ward's Judy the Beauty, a seven-time winner who never has finished worse than third in 15 starts, eyes consecutive grade I victories in the $300,000 Humana Distaff Stakes at Churchill May 3.
The Keeneland spring meet closed April 25 with a record 15-day meet attendance and gains in on-track wagering.
Pablo Del Monte, third-place finisher in the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I), worked six furlongs at Keeneland April 25 to prepare for a possible start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
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A look at 2-year-old racing, stabling changes because of a surface change, and a strong program with Polytrack. read blog
Hootenanny, the first starter for freshman sire Quality Road, skipped away from the field in the stretch of Keeneland's second race April 17, scoring a 4 1/4-length win in the 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight test.
A decision on whether to send Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner Dance With Fate to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will not be made for a week, trainer Peter Eurton said April 13.
Judy the Beauty, the 3-5 favorite, wins the $300,000 Madison Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland. The 5-year-old Ghostzapper mare is owned and trained by Wesley Ward.
Truth in the Lies became the first winner for dual graded stakes victor Hold Me Back when the juvenile filly captured her career debut in the first race at Pimlico Race Course April 10.
Already 3-for-3 at Keeneland, Judy the Beauty will try to nail down the first grade I victory of her career April 12 in the $300,000 Madison Stakes (gr. I) at the Lexington track.
Pedigree Handicapping with Brisnet.com and Doug Salvatore: Saturday, April 5, at Keeneland read blog
Judy the Beauty, game runner-up in last fall's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), began what Wesley Ward hopes is a championship campaign with a sharp win in Santa Anita's $100,000 Las Flores Stakes (gr. III) March 9.
Florida-based Judy the Beauty heads a field of five for the $100,000 Las Flores Stakes (gr. III) March 9 at Santa Anita Park, her first start since the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) last fall.
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