Keyword: Elliott Walden

  • Inish Glora Holds Canadian Hope in Nassau

    Robert Costigan's Inish Glora, last year's Sovereign Award winner as Canada's top female turfer, takes on a select group of five rivals, including stakes-winning shippers Ocean Drive and Dyna Da Wyna, Saturday at Woodbine in the featured $272,250 Nassau Stakes (Can-III).

  • Ole Faunty to Join Pimlico Special Fray

    Ole Faunty will join the select cast of top runners lining up for Friday's Pimlico Special (gr. I), according to Wendy Pensivy, stakes coordinator for the Maryland Jockey Club. The stakes-winning son of Quiet American is expected to face a bang-up field that will have grade I winners Funny Cide, Southern Image, and Evening Attire, along with major winners Dynever and Midway Road.

  • Ole Faunty to Join Pimlico Special Fray

    Ole Faunty will join the select cast of top runners lining up for Friday's Pimlico Special (gr. I), according to Wendy Pensivy, stakes coordinator for the Maryland Jockey Club. The stakes-winning son of Quiet American is expected to face a bang-up field that will have grade I winners Funny Cide, Southern Image, and Evening Attire, along with major winners Dynever and Midway Road.

  • Dyna Da Wyna takes four-horse photo to finish Stravinsky romp.

    Dyna Da Wyna Wins Tight Stravinsky Finish

    Favored Dyna Da Wyna prevailed in a four-horse photo finish to win the $85,575 Stravinsky Stakes for fillies and mares at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf.

  • Request for Parole Returns for Pan American

    Jeri & Sam Knighton's Request for Parole figures to be a slight choice in the wagering over six opponents, including an entry, in Saturday's $200,000 Pan American Handicap (gr. IIT), Gulfstream Park's traditional 1 1/2-mile grass course marathon.

  • Dean Re-elected President of Chaplaincy Program

    Don Dean, a Washington, D.C.-based corporate Congressional representative and Maryland Thoroughbred owner and breeder, was re-elected president of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America during the organization's National Chaplain's School and Convention Jan. 7-12 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

  • Awesome Humor Retired With Injury

    WinStar Farm's Awesome Humor, one of the nation's top 3-year-old fillies, has been knocked out of Saturday's $300,000-added Falls City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs by injury and has been retired from racing.

  • Training Setback Forces Ipi Tombe to Retire

    South African import Ipi Tombe, who became an international racing star early this year with a trio of dominating victories in Dubai, has been retired from racing after a training setback that would have kept her from a return trip to Dubai.

  • Dyna Da Wyna Scratches from Mrs. Revere

    Saturday's $150,000-added Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs lost a major contender Saturday morning when trainer Elliott Walden decided to scratch WinStar Farm's Dyna Da Wyna from the turf test for 3-year-old fillies.

  • Awesome Humor, Yell Duel in Distaff

    WinStar Farm's Awesome Humor and Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Yell, a pair of leading 3-year-old fillies, loom as major contenders in a field of 10 entered in Saturday's $200,000-added Churchill Downs Distaff (gr. II).

  • Awesome Humor Nearing End of Racing Career

    With her days as a race mare numbered, grade I winner Awesome Humor is looking to go out a winner when she takes the gate for Saturday's $200,000 Churchill Downs Distaff (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. If all goes well in the Distaff trainer Elliott Walden expects her to wrap up her career in Churchill Downs' $300,000 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) on Thanksgiving Day before joining the broodmare band at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.

  • Leigh Gray Wins First 'White Horse Award'

    Former Southern California exercise rider Leigh Gray was honored Thursday by the Race Track Chaplaincy of America with the organization's first "White Horse Award," given to a backstretch employee who puts their own life at risk in order to help a horse or human in danger.

  • Perfect Drift, continues to work toward Breeders' Cup Classic.

    Perfect Drift, 'Lady, Tiger Hunt Work in Kentucky

    Stonecrest Farm's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) contender Perfect Drift, Select Stable's Distaff (gr. I) hope Take Charge Lady, and Team Valor's Juvenile (gr. I) hopeful Tiger Hunt each worked five furlongs in dense fog at Churchill Downs Saturday morning in their last training moves before they fly to California to compete in the Breeders' Cup at Oak Tree at Santa Anita Oct. 25.

  • Dyna Da Wyna Has No Complaint in Valley View

    Dyna Da Wyna caught Mexican Moonlight in midstretch and gradually pulled away to a three-quarter of a length win in the $112,900 Valley View Stakes (gr. IIIT) Saturday at Keeneland.

  • Awesome Humor Ends String of Seconds

    Winstar Farm's favored Awesome Humor, seeking to regain her tremendous 2-year-old form, registered her first stakes win of 2003, holding off Cloakof Vagueness by three quarters of a length in Friday night's $300,000 Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III) at muddy Hoosier Park.

  • Ipi Tombe May Return to Jogging at Churchill Downs

    Two months after she injured a left leg during a four-furlong workout on the dirt at Churchill Downs, turf superstar Ipi Tombe continues to recover and is slowly making her way back to the racetrack.

  • Hennie's Song Tests 'Humor in Delaware Oaks

    Phillip and Marcia Cohen and Steve Klesaris' undefeated Hennie's Song has passed each of her five tests in impressive fashion, but Saturday's $500,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. III) at Delaware Park will be her most difficult yet.

  • Minor Leg Injury Derails Ipi Tombe's Diana Plans

    South African champion Ipi Tombe, winner of the Locust Grove Handicap (grade III) at Churchill Downs in her U.S. racing debut, has suffered a minor leg injury that will cause her to miss a planned start in the $500,000 Diana Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga on July 26.

  • Ipi Tombe, left, holds off Kiss The Devil at the wire to capture the Locust Grove Handicap at Churchill Downs Saturday.

    Ipi Tombe Shows Style in U.S. Debut

    Overcoming a slow break, Ipi Tombe showed her South African championship form in her American debut to register a no-sweat half-length victory in Saturday's $164,400 Locust Grove Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs. It was her eighth consecutive triumph.

  • All Eyes On Ipi Tombe in Locust Grove

    The international reputation of Ipi Tombe has helped limit the opposition to only five rivals as the South African champion makes her American racing debut Saturday in the $150,000-added Locust Grove Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.

  • Ipi Tombe Breezes for Locust Grove

    Ipi Tombe completed her serious training for her American racing debut in Saturday's $150,000 Locust Grove Handicap (gr. IIIT) by breezing a half-mile Tuesday at Churchill Downs. The 5-year-old Zimbabwe-bred daughter of Manshood covered four furlongs around the dogs on firm turf in :51 for trainer Elliott Walden.

  • Ipi Tombe Impresses Day, Walden in Work

    South African champion Ipi Tombe moved another step closer to her American racing debut, turning in a sharp five furlong workout Thursday on Churchill Downs' Matt Winn Turf Course.

  • Bullet Work for Awesome Humor, Acorn Possible

    WinStar Farm's Awesome Humor, a multiple stakes winner who suffered the first loss of her career in a recent allowance race at Churchill Downs, rebounded from that setback with a sizzling half-mile work on Sunday.

  • WinStar's Walden Sees Sunny Side of Funny Cide

    Although WinStar Farm would love to have a Kentucky Derby winner under its colors, the victory in Derby 129 by the WinStar-bred Funny Cide was certainly the next best thing. It could get even better if he adds a Preakness (gr. I) win tomorrow.

  • Future Uncertain for Awesome Humor After First Career Loss

    The return to competition by WinStar Farm's previously unbeaten Awesome Humor on Wednesday at Churchill Downs did not turn out as well as hoped, so trainer Elliott Walden will take a "wait and see" approach on a game plan that had been pointing the filly toward the $250,000 Acorn (gr. I) at Belmont Park on June 6.

  • Unbeaten Awesome Humor Returns Wednesday

    Unbeaten Awesome Humor, a finalist for the Eclipse Award for champion 2-year-old filly of 2002, will make her anticipated return to competition in Wednesday's featured eighth race at Churchill Downs.

  • Funny Cide's Half-Brother to Run at Churchill

    The 4-year-old half-brother to Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Funny Cide is scheduled to test his talent under the famed Twin Spires of Churchill Downs in an allowance race on Sunday's Mother's Day racing card.

  • Quest Star Bests 'Man' in Pan American

    Mansell Stables' Quest Star and jockey Edgar Prado dictated the pace from the start and scored a sharp 1 3/4-length victory over 3-5 favorite Man From Wicklow in the $200,000 Pan American Handicap (gr. IIT) on the lawn at Gulfstream Park Saturday.

  • Filly Awesome Humor Forced to Sidelines

    Awesome Humor, winner of three straight graded stakes races and considered one of the favorites the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), will undergo minor surgery and miss the remainder of the season, trainer Elliott Walden reported on Saturday.

  • Inesperado, Mr. Mellon Top Del Mar Derby Field

    Headed by multiple graded stakes winner Inesperado and the Grade II-winning shipper Mr. Mellon, nine 3-year-old grass runners will head postward Saturday for the 58th running of the $300,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. II).

  • Awesome Humor, right, defeats Forever Partners in the Spinaway.

    Awesome Humor Takes Spinaway

    WinStar Farm's Awesome Humor kept her record perfect and her place among the leaders of the 2-year-old filly division intact Friday afternoon, holding off favored Forever Partners to win the 111th running of the $200,000 Spinaway (gr. I) by 2-3/4 lengths.

  • Awesome Humor Tops Spinaway

    That question may be answered on Friday afternoon, when she is tested against 11 others in the $200,000 Spinaway (gr. I) – the marquee race for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs Saratoga Race Course.

  • Zimbabwe Horse Farms Under Attack

    At a time when the mare Ipi Tombe becomes the first Zimbabwe-bred imported to North America, the horses remaining in her native land face injury and slaughter due to a government land grab.

  • Lukas Hopes Holiday Runner Can Stay Unbeaten

    Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas is hoping to keep S.J. Bee Stable's Holiday Runner unbeaten as she faces five other 2-year-old fillies in the 87th running of the $150,000 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) at 6 1/2 furlongs at Saratoga Race Course on Monday.

  • Mr. Mellon a Classic at Arlington

    WinStar Farm and Tom VanMeter's Mr. Mellon scored his second career stakes victory June 29 with a stout finish in the Arlington Classic (gr. IIT) at Arlington Park.