Keyword: Brian Hernandez Jr.

  • Patrona Margarita opens up on her competition in the stretch of the Pocahontas Stakes

    Patrona Margarita Surges to Pocahontas Victory

    Stretching out in distance seemed to do the trick for Patrona Margarita who pulled away from her competition in the stretch to win the Sept. 16. $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs. 

  • Romantic Vision wins the Locust Grove Stakes Sept. 16

    Romantic Vision Upsets Locust Grove

    Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. expertly guided Romantic Vision along the rail to victory in the $100,000 Locust Grove Stakes (G3) Sept. 16 at Churchill Downs. 

  • McCraken is suspended midair as he wins the Matt Win Stakes

    McCraken Back to His Old Self in Matt Winn

    The McCraken that inspires confidence from trainer Ian Wilkes is the one that showed up in the June 17 Matt Winn Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs, unleashing his typical kick after ranging up on the final turn en route to a 2 1/4-length triumph. 

  • Finley'sluckycharm wins the 2017 Winning Colors Stakes

    Finley'sluckycharm Romps in Winning Colors

    Finley'sluckycharm broke sharply and never looked back as she romped by 5 1/2 lengths to score her first graded stakes win, the $100,000 Winning Colors Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs May 27. 

  • Walkabout  gets the victory in the Matron

    Walkabout, Some in Tieme Win Churchill Stakes

    Janis Whitham homebred Walkabout secured her first stakes win when she rallied from ninth place and 15 1/2 lengths back under jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. to secure a neck victory in the $100,000 Matron Stakes (G3) May 20 at Churchill Downs.

  • McCraken works at Churchill Downs under Brian Hernandez Jr. April 24

    McCraken Finishes Strong in Five-Furlong Move

    Whether McCraken becomes the latest Derby winner to come out of Churchill's Barn 26 remains to be seen, but the bay colt put in five-furlong drill in 1:00 3/5 April 24 that was nearly as buzz worthy as Street Sense's final move before his triumph.

  • Girvin comes home strong to win the Louisiana Derby

    Girvin Reigns in Louisiana Derby

    Girvin booked his trip to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (G1) with a 1 1/4-length victory over Patch in the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) April 1 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

  • McCraken comes home strong to win the Sam F. Davis (G3)

    McCraken Too Good in Sam F. Davis

    The built up to McCraken's seasonal bow ended with results to match. Under some left-handed urging from jockey Brian Hernandez Jr., the unbeaten colt unleashed a wicked turn of foot down the middle of the track to win the $250,000 Sam F. Davis (G3).

  • Brian Hernandez Jr.

    Hernandez Has Momentum, Confidence on His Side

    As the regular rider for McCraken, the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3), jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. could find his current groundswell of momentum dwarfed by what could come his way should his mount prevail.

  • McCraken wins the 2016 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes

    McCraken the Real Deal in KY Jockey Club

    The build up around McCraken live up to the billing in the 1 1/16 miles Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes as Janis Whitham's homebred used his big turn of foot to edge clear late under Brian Hernandez Jr. and remain unbeaten in three career starts.

  • Linda and Brian Hernandez Jr. win Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs.

    Linda Powers Home to Win Mrs. Revere Stakes

    After dueling in early stretch with grade I winner Harmonize, Linda found another gear in the final furlong to register a clear win in the $200,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Thatcher Street wins the 2016 River City Handicap

    Thatcher Street Caps Wilkes' Three-Win Day

    Thatcher Street capped a big day at Churchill Downs for Australian-born trainer Ian Wilkes when his 5-year-old gelding came back to beat chief rival Pleuven by a half-length to win the $100,000 River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 24.

  • Ahh Chocolate wins Allaire DuPont Distaff

    Ahh Chocolate Works Half for Fleur de Lis

    Stoneway Farm's homebred Ahh Chocolate worked a half-mile at Churchill Downs June 14 in preparation for her next start in the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares June 18 at the Kentucky track.

  • Control Stake rolls to victory in the Thanksgiving Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-kS24hj8">Order This Photo</a>

    Control Stake Too Tough in Thanksgiving 'Cap

    Maggi Moss' Control Stake, the lone 3-year-old in the field, got the jump on the competition from the gate and wasn't headed en route to a solid win in the $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

  • Ahh Chocolate bounds home to take the Falls City Handicap.

    Ahh Chocolate Smooth in Falls City

    James Stone's homebred Ahh Chocolate, by Candy Ride, tracked the pace of longshot Gamblers Rose and pounced to win the $200,000 Falls City Handicap Nov. 26 at Churchill Downs.

  • Lotta Kim and Dede McGehee

    Half Brother to Rachel Alexandra Wins Debut

    Heaven Trees Farm's 2-year-old colt Dolphus, a half brother to Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, made his first start a winning one when he captured a maiden special weight event at Fair Grounds Nov. 22.

  • Tiz Windy comes running late to win the Indiana Oaks.

    Tiz Windy Breaks Through, Takes Indiana Oaks

    Tiz Windy made her second attempt in graded stakes company a successful one when she ran down the leaders late to take the $200,000 Indiana Oaks (gr. II) at Indiana Grand Race Course the evening of Oct. 4.

  • Embellishing Bob (center) was awarded the 2014 Derby Trial win after Bayern (inside) was disqualified.

    Embellishing Bob Gets Derby Trial Win on DQ

    Embellishing Bob, stepping up into graded stakes company off a maiden win, won the Derby Trial (gr. III) on the disqualification of Bayern under the lights on the opening night of the Churchill Downs spring meet April 26.

  • Fort Larned won the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2012-Breeders-Cup/Classic/26128658_j8xsjs#!i=2325558744&k=khNd7p5">Order This Photo</a>

    Fort Larned Works Five Furlongs at Churchill

    Janis Whitham's Fort Larned completed serious preparation for this week's bid for consecutive victories in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park with a five-furlong workout Oct. 28 at Churchill Downs.

  • Fort Larned delivers victory in the Homecoming Classic.

    Fort Larned Coasts to Homecoming Classic Win

    Owner/breeder Janis Whitham's Fort Larned, winner of the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), prepped for another shot at the race with a wire-to-wire score in the inaugural $191,275 Homecoming Classic at Churchill Sept. 28.

  • 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Fort Larned runs in the Homecoming Classic Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2012-Breeders-Cup/Classic/26128658_j8xsjs#!i=2193297292&k=QqvKxZH">Order This Photo</a>

    Churchill Offers Up Homecoming, Jefferson Cup

    On the final Saturday of Churchill Downs' "Homecoming" meet, the Louisville track will offer up a competitive field of nine 3-year-olds in the Jefferson Cup (gr. IIIT) and the first edition of the Homecoming Classic Stakes.

  • Fort Larned

    Fort Larned Breezes at Churchill Downs

    Trainer Ian Wilkes sent 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Fort Larned through a five-furlong breeze in :59 4/5 May 24 at Churchill Downs, continuing preparations for the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I).

  • Departing dominates the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne.

    Departing Dusts Rivals in Illinois Derby

    Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Departing rolled to a strong 3 1/4-length victory in the $750,000 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne April 20, proving his class after a third-place finish in the March 30 Louisiana Derby.