Keyword: John T. Ward Jr.

  • 1999 Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Beautiful Pleasure

    Champion Beautiful Pleasure Dies

    Beautiful Pleasure, voted the 1999 champion older female after winning the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), died recently in Kentucky because of complications from laminitis.

  • Oxley, Ward to Run Pair in Travers

    Owner John Oxley and trainer John Ward confirmed Monday morning they plan to run both Minister's Bid and Dr. Pleasure in Saturday's $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.

  • Booklet, won his comeback at Churchill Downs.

    Booklet Victorious In Return

    Grade I winner Booklet was victorious in his return to the track in a $59,500 allowance race for 3-year-olds and up Tuesday at Churchill Downs. Under jockey Pat Day, the son of Notebook covered the mile distance in 1:34.68, crossing the wire three-quarters of a length in front of Rock Slide, with Dash for Daylight another three-quarters of a length back in third.

  • Grade I Winners Square Off in Sabin

    Miss Linda and Forest Secrets, both grade 1 winners last year, make their seasonal debuts at Gulfstream Park Friday when they head a field of 12 fillies and mares in the $100,000 Sabin Handicap (gr. III) at 1 1/16-miles.

  • Assistant trainer Yvonne Azeff with Monarchos prior to the Preakness.

    Azeff Still Unconscious; Vital Signs Are Good

    Assistant trainer Yvonne Azeff, who was injured Saturday after being thrown and pinned beneath the stable pony, was still unconscious at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Fla. as of Monday morning, a spokesperson at trainer John Ward's barn said. All tests have proven negative and all her vital signs are good. "She's getting better, but very slowly," the spokesperson said.

  • Booklet, Harlan's Holiday to Meet Again in Fountain of Youth

    Booklet and Harlan's Holiday, the respective first and second place finishers in Saturday's Holy Bull Stakes, are expected to meet again Feb. 16 in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I), the next step on the road to the Florida Derby (gr. I).

  • Ubiquity upsets the Clark Handicap.

    From the Print Edition: Upsets Abound at Churchill

    Forest Secrets, with Craig Perret aboard, put away pacesetter Miss Linda at the top of the stretch and charged home for a 1 ¼-length upset victory over Printemps in Thursday's featured $273,500 grade III Falls City for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up at Churchill Downs.

  • Assistant trainer Yvonne Azeff holds up a pail for Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos in Stall 40, the traditional home of the Kentucky Derby winner at Pimlico Race Course.

    Derby Winner Monarchos Arrives at Pimlico for Preakness

    John Oxley's Kentucky Derby hero Monarchos arrived at Pimlico Race Course Wednesday with plans to gallop under regular exercise rider Bryan Beccia Thursday. Trained by John Ward, Jr., Monarchos was accompanied on the flight by 3-year-old stablemate Hero's Tribute and a maiden, as well as the stable pony, and arrived under the supervision of assistant trainer Yvonne Azeff. Ward is due in Baltimore Saturday.

  • Beautiful Pleasure, winning the Shuvee Handicap in May.

    Personal Ensign 'Cap Features Distaff Rematch

    Beautiful Pleasure and Heritage of Gold will begin their rematch from neighboring starting gate stalls as the two drew post positions two and three, respectively, for Friday's $400,000 Personal Ensign Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga.