Rockingham Ranch decided to honor the legacy of the late Lucky Pulpit by offering all broodmares on his book this year a free season to their own California stallion Finnegans Wake.
- Bay Colt
- Born 2009
The grade 1 winner and 8-year-old son of Powerscourt won or placed in 12 graded stakes.
Multiple graded stakes winners Ashleyluvssugar, Flamboyant, and Finnegans Wake will take the logical step forward on the Del Mar turf schedule for a run in the Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 20.
There's something about the Del Mar turf course that brings out the best in A Venneri Racing and Little Red Feather Racing's Midnight Storm.
David Bienstock and Chuck Winner's Flamboyant just started to hit his stride early in 2016, when he shipped overseas for the Dubai Turf (UAE-I) in March.
After winning the 2015 Last Tycoon (gr. IIIT) at the distance by 3 1/4 lengths at odds of 42-1, the 6-year-old son of Sageburg wowed again at 10 furlongs May 29 in the $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes (gr. IIT).
Trainer Peter Miller was forward about his intentions bringing grade I winner Finnegans Wake back off a nearly nine-month layoff last time out in the Thunder Road Stakes (gr. IIIT), which was a prep for bigger and better things.
What a View showed some versatility April 9 to secure his fourth straight victory on the Santa Anita Park turf.
Although a forecast calling for rain may affect the field, it can be argued that one of the deepest fields on a loaded stakes schedule April 9 is the $100,000 Thunder Road Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Park.
Accomplished veterans Ashleyluvssugar, Big John B, Ganesh, and Finnegans Wake head a talented cast of grass stars going long at Del Mar Aug. 22.
Heading back to Del Mar proved a winning move for Sam Britt and Michael House's Gabriel Charles, who closed to win the $400,500 Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IT) by 3 3/4 lengths July 18 at the seaside racetrack.
After a brief detour to dirt for a run in the Gold Cup (gr. I) June 27 at Santa Anita Park, Finnegans Wake will return to his comfort zone on the Southern California turf for the $400,000 Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IT) July 18.
Things have been working out for Victor Espinoza lately; the $500,000 Gold Cup (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park was the most recent example.
Finnegans Wake has found success running on grass late in his career, but trainer Peter Miller feels it is time to send him back to dirt for the $500,000 Gold Cup (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park June 27.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the competitive looking field of the Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes. watch video
West Point Thoroughbreds' Twilight Eclipse will look to make it a double June 6 in the $1 million Knob Creek Manhattan (gr. IT) at Belmont Park, coming off his first grade I win in the May 9 Man o' War Handicap (gr. IT).
Donegal Racing, which has run such grade I winners as Paddy O'Prado and Dullahan in Triple Crown races, is back with late-running Keen Ice, who encountered a ton of trouble last month in the Kentucky Derby.
Donegal Racing and Rockingham Ranch's Finnegans Wake returned from California in winning form to capture the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) May 2 at Churchill Downs.
Juddmonte Farms' Seek Again, who just missed winning last year's Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs, will try again in his first start of the year in $500,000 turf stakes May 2 at the Kentucky track.
Donegal Racing, which puts together racing partnerships, heads to Louisville with a three-pronged attack on a trio of grade I races, including the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, May 1-2 at Churchill Downs.
A year and a half after his last stakes race, Ashleyluvssugar broke through for his first graded stakes win in the $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes (gr. IIT) March 21 at Santa Anita Park.
The Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (HK-I) at Sha Tin April 26 drew 61 nominees, including last year's winner Designs On Rome, 2014 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner African Story, and U.S.-based Finnegans Wake.
Finnegans Wake, the 6-year-old son of Powerscourt, will look to extend his grade II turf winning streak to four in the $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes (gr. IIT) going 1 1/2 miles March 21 at Santa Anita Park.
Defending winner and two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan and 2014 champion turf male Main Sequence are among 74 horses on the list of early nominees to the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs.
Finnegans Wake extended his winning streak in graded turf races to three with a late-running victory in the San Marcos Stakes (gr. IIT) Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park.
Finnegans Wake and Patrioticandproud are set to renew their rivalry once again in the $200,000 San Marcos Stakes (gr. IIT) Feb. 7 on the grass at Santa Anita Park.
Santa Anita Park, Fair Grounds, Gulfstream Park, Parx, Laurel Park, Turfway. view slideshow
Veteran turf runner Finnegans Wake has found a home in California, coming from off the pace once again to capture the $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes (gr. IIT) Jan. 3 at Santa Anita Park.
After breaking through with his first stakes victory in six tries, Dynamic Sky attempts to surpass $1 million in career earnings as one of the favorites in the $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes (gr. IIT) Jan. 3 at Santa Anita Park.
Finnegans Wake recorded the biggest win of his career when he held off longshot Patrioticandproud to take the $251,250 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IIT) at Del Mar Race Course on Nov. 27.
Sycamore Stakes (gr. IIIT) winner Holiday Star, in the best form of his career, ships in from Maryland for trainer Graham Motion to test the firm turf at Del Mar in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IIT) Thanksgiving Day.
As part of Donegal Racing, Amanda Gillman often goes to the track with her mother Paula when one of their horses is in action, and accompanies them to the saddling paddock, flanking the runner's right side.
Bright Thought turned the tables on his heavily favored stablemate Big John B in the $200,000 John Henry Turf Championship (gr. IIT) Sept. 28 at Santa Anita Park with his first win since March 2013.
An overpowering 5 1/4-length winner of the Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) last month, Big John B returns for the John Henry Turf Championship (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Sept. 28 against many of the same horses he beat previously.
- By Claire Novak
Arlington Million contender Finnegans Wake Friday morning at Arlington Park. Watch Video
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Dale Romans trainee Finnegans Wake at Arlington Aug. 15, 2014.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's defending victor Real Solution is set for a showdown with 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Magician in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) at Arlington International Racecourse Aug. 16.
Two years ago, Finnesgans Wake entered the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) off a third-place finish in the Virginia Derby (gr. IIIT), and trainer Dale Romans promised, "This horse has a big one in him."
A short list of seven horses has been pre-entered for the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 16, headed by defending Million champion Real Solution and 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) victor Magician.
Arlington Park, Europe, Japan, Delaware Park, Gulfstream Park, Monmouth Park, Lone Star Park and more! view slideshow
Donegal Racing's Finnegans Wake tallied his first stakes victory in a thriller July 12, getting his head in front of fast-finishing Admiral Kitten at the wire to win the Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT).
There are three Pick 4 sequences on Arlington Million Preview Day on Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse. read blog
Multiple grade I winner Game On Dude and Travers (gr. I) victor Will Take Charge both drew well for the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) to be held Nov. 29 at Churchill Downs.
Eclipse Award hopeful Game On Dude worked a strong four furlongs at Betfair Hollywood Park Nov. 24 and afterward trainer Bob Baffert said he would ship to Churchill Downs Nov. 27 to compete in the Clark Handicap (gr. I).
A trio of contenders for the Nov. 29 Clark Handicap (gr. I)--Golden Ticket, Bourbon Courage, and Finnegans Wake--turned in their final works Nov. 23 for the premiere race of Churchill's autumn meet.
Game On Dude and Will Take Charge stand out on the nomination list released Nov. 17 for the upcoming $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) runner-up Will Take Charge breezed four furlongs Nov. 16 at Churchill Downs in preparation for the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare Nov. 29.
Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak handicap the Fayette Stakes at Keeneland this weekend. watch video
New millionaire Willcox Inn will try to score a victory in his second start at the current Keeneland fall meet when he faces an expected field of eight other starters in the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette Stakes (gr. II) Oct. 26.
|Jockey||Kent J. Desormeaux|
|Owner||Donegal Racing and Rockingham Ranch|
|Finnegans Wake View Five-Cross Pedigree||Powerscourt (GB)||Sadler's Wells|
|Rainbow Lake (GB)|
|Boat's Ghost||Silver Ghost|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Racing or stallion prospect||Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent||($45,000)|
Prices in parentheses indicate a horse did not sell because it did not meet its reserve price.