Keyword: Hal Wiggins

  • Legends: Rachel Alexandra, Filly for the Ages

    Jockey Calvin Borel said the key to their success together was to allow Rachel Alexandra to be the boss. She knew she could handle fractions that often seemed impossibly fast. His biggest job was to stay out of the way.

  • Morrison's Gold Edge Preps for Lassie

    Dolphus Morrison's Gold Edge, winner of the Lisa M Stakes at Arlington Park Aug. 4, breezed five furlongs over the Polytrack in 1:00 4/5 the morning of Sept. 3 in preparation for the upcoming Arlington-Washington Lassie.

  • HRTV's Inside Information: Rachel's Story

    HRTV's Inside Information presents the special story of Hal Wiggins, Rachel Alexandra, and Rachel Mattson. For more of HRTV's Inside Information, visit HRTV.com.

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    Trainer Wiggins Joins Legacy Bloodstock

    Retired trainer Hal Wiggins, who developed Rachel Alexandra and trained her early in her Horse of the Year campaign, has joined Legacy Bloodstock to assist in client relations and owner recruiting.

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    Trainer Wiggins Goes Out a Winner at 26-1

    With his final starter as a trainer Nov. 27, Hal Wiggins watched as Robert V. Hovelson's High Spirit closed from far back to win Churchill Downs' 10th race by a nose and pay $55.60 under Terry Thompson.

  • Hopeful winner Dublin returns in the Iroquois at Churchill Downs.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8461713%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Dublin Returns in Churchill's Iroquois Stakes

    Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has entered Robert Baker and William Mack's highly-touted Dublin in the $100,000 Iroquois (gr. III) for juveniles at a mile on the main track. A field of 12 was drawn for the Churchill Downs fall meet opening day co-feature.

  • Hal Wiggins is retiring at the end of the Churchill Downs meet on Nov. 28, two days before his 67th birthday.

    Wiggins Hopes To Go Out a Winner

    Hal Wiggins hit the apex of his training career this spring when he saddled Rachel Alexandra to her resounding victory in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 1. He hopes the final month on the backside gets off to a rousing start Nov. 1 when he sends out Brassy Boy in the Iroquois (gr. III) for longtime client Millsap Stables.

  • Rachel Alexandra holds off Macho Again for an historic victory in the Woodward. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8459488%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel Holds Off Macho Again in Woodward

    Rachel Alexandra cemented herself as one of the best fillies of all-time in a race for the ages, as she set a suicidal pace and then was all out under Calvin Borel to hold off a bold charge from Macho Again to win the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) by a head in electrifying fashion Sept. 5 at Saratoga.

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    Wiggins to Retire After Churchill Meet

    After training horses for more three decades and having his career peak this year with the success of the sensational filly Rachel Alexandra, Hal Wiggins will ride off into the sunset of retirement at the end of Churchill Downs' fall meet in November.

  • Trainer Hal Wiggins sends out Brassy Boy in the Bashford Manor.

    Brassy Boy Could Be Wiggins' New Star

    It is unlikely that Hal Wiggins will find a horse like Rachel Alexandra any time soon, but he does have a promising young colt making his stakes debut in the $100,000 Bashford Manor (gr. III), a sprint for 2-year-olds July 3 at Churchill Downs.

  • Calvin Borel and Rachel Alexandra made a good team in the Kentucky Oaks.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8062164%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Borel Confident in Decision to Ride Filly

    With all the rain recently in Kentucky, and with a minor business matter requiring him to be out of town over the weekend, Calvin Borel had an important project to finish before leaving town. The morning of May 15 he was mowing his grass.

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    Rachel Alexandra Sold

    Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables and Harold T. McCormick have purchased spectacular Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra from Dolphus Morrison and Mike Lauffer.

  • Rachel Alexandra worked a very fast four furlongs at Churchill Downs April 27. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2F81492%2Fphoto%2F8045148%2F%3Fo%3D1">Order This Photo</a>

    Oaks: Rachel Sizzles a Half in :46 2/5

    Though her work was a bit fast for his taste, trainer Hal Wiggins was more than satisfied when his filly Rachel Alexandra made it back to the barn in good shape after zipping through a half-mile in :46 2/5 at Churchill Downs the morning of April 27.

  • Rachel Alexandra is scheduled to work on April 27.

    Oaks: Rachel Alexandra Readies For Final Work

    L and M Partner's Rachel Alexandra, who figures to be the favorite for the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), galloped a mile and a half under exercise rider Rudy Gallegos shortly before 7 a.m. April 25 at Churchill Downs.

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    Oaks: Fillies Prepare for Final Works

    L and M Partners' Rachel Alexandra continued to show her readiness for the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) by galloping a mile and a half under stout restraint from exercise rider Rudy Gallegos at Churchill Downs April 22.

  • Rachel Alexandra worked 5 furlongs at Churchill Downs on April 16.

    Oaks: Rachel Alexandra Zips Through Work

    Trainer Hal Wiggins was looking for an easy work April 16 at Churchill Downs for L & M Racing's Rachel Alexandra, the likely favorite for the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs May 1.

  • I Want Revenge works at Churchill Downs on April 14, 2009 under Joe Talamo.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8006146%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    I Want Revenge Works at Churchill

    David Lanzman and IEAH Stables' I Want Revenge, the possible favorite for the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), turned in his first serious training move since his arrival at Churchill Downs when he worked an easy half-mile over a muddy track on April 14.

  • Fantasy winner Rachel Alexandra will ship to Churchill Downs April 8.

    Rachel' Gearing Up For Big Ky. Oaks Run

    Rachel Alexandra, the probable $500,000 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) favorite who has dominated all three of her starts this season, will ship from Hot Springs, Ark. to Louisville, Ky. on April 8 to begin training at Churchill Downs, trainer Hal Wiggins said.

  • Fair Grounds Oaks favorite Rachel Alexandra took the Martha Washington Stakes by 8 lengths.

    Derby Not the Goal For 'Rachel', For Now

    At the moment, trainer Hal Wiggins is resisting the temptation to seriously consider racing Rachel Alexandra against the boys. But, if the ultra-talented filly should put on another scintillating performance in the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) March 14, Higgins admits the plot would thicken.

  • Rachel Alexandra will make her next start in the Fair Grounds Oaks.

    FG Oaks: 'Alexandra to Face Short Field

    A field of only four or five opponents is shaping up to face Golden Rod (gr. II) winner Rachel Alexandra in the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II), which is scheduled for March 14 at Fair Grounds.

  • Swingit Nips Luna Dorada in Exciting Edgewood

    Closing from the rear of the field after the opening half-mile, Robert V. Hovelson's homebred Swingit proved a game winner when she bettered Luna Dorada by a head to win the $171,500 Edgewood for 3-year-old fillies on Friday at rainy Churchill Downs.

  • Dash of Humor Tops Truly Bound Line-Up

    James Conway's Dash of Humor, winner of last month's Furl Sail Handicap, shares top weight of 118 pounds as the 3-1 morning line favorite in the $75,000 Truly Bound Handicap Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course.

  • Dash of Humor (10) noses out longshot Aly's Vow, rear, to win the Furl Sail Handicap, Sunday at Fair Grounds Race Course.

    Dash of Humor Sly Winner of Furl Sail 'Cap

    James Conway's Dash of Humor, ridden patiently by Brian Hernandez Jr., captured the $75,000 Furl Sail Handicap for fillies and mares by a head Sunday in a tight three-way finish at Fair Grounds Race Course.

  • Protest Filed Over Finish of Indiana Derby

    The connections of Star Dabbler have filed a protest with the Indiana Horse Racing Commission centering around the 3-year-old colt's dead-heat victory in the $513,200 Indiana Derby (gr. II) Oct. 7. Owner Barry Schwartz and trainer Michael Hushion, who feel their entry hit the wire first, faxed the protest to the IHRC Oct. 9.

  • Rapid Proof DQ'd from Mervin Muniz Win

    The Louisiana State Racing Commission has disqualified Rapid Proof from his win in the March 19 Mervin Muniz Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) at Fair Grounds as a result of a positive test for dexamethasone, according to the New Orleans <i>Times-Picayune</i>.

  • Rapid Proof Must Answer Distance Question

    Rapid Proof brings the best form into Monday's $100,000-added Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs. But he must answer a major distance question if he is to defeat six rivals in the 1 3/8-mile event on the Matt Winn Turf Course.

  • Rapid Proof Shows He's No Fluke in Connally

    Rapid Proof unleashed a powerful kick in the stretch run to nip defending champion Warleigh by a head in the $216,000 John B. Connally Breeders' Cup Turf at Sam Houston Race Park Saturday night.

  • Longshot Rapid Proof (inside) wins the Muniz Memorial Handicap.

    Wiggins Gets Second Grade With Rapid Proof

    Rapid Proof, dismissed at odds of 31-1, edged out A to the Z and America Alive in a three-horse photo to win the $500,00 Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Fair Grounds turf course. Local runners dominated the New Orleans track's signature turf event .

  • Too Much of Lotta Kim in Tiffany Lass

    Lotta Kim overcame a rough journey Sunday to notch her first career stakes victory, winning the $100,000 Tiffany Lass Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Sunday at Fair Grounds.

  • Wiggins Duo Tops Tiffany Lass Hopefuls

    Trainer Hal Wiggins holds a strong hand in Sunday's $100,000 Tiffany Lass at Fair Grounds, entering a pair of strong contenders in Lotta Kim and All Electric.

  • Wiggins Hopes Late Kick Carries Red Mountain

    Trainer Hal Wiggins, who captured the Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) with three straight heart-pounding victories with Chorwon, starts Dolphis Morrison's Red Mountain against eight rivals Saturday in the $100,000-added fixture at Churchill Downs.

  • Jake the Flake Suffers Severe Tendon Injury

    Jake the Flake, Jack Murphy and Pam Slaughter's 6-year-old gelding set to go in Sunday's $150,000-added River City Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, suffered a career-threatening torn tendon.