Keyword: Ken McPeek

  • Cerro hopes to use the Lexington as a springboard to the Preakness Stakes.

    Pure Fun, Cerro Head Coolmore Lexington

    The April 20 Coolmore Lexington (gr. III) offers 20 points and a potential place in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) starting gate, but not all contenders in the last-minute prep will aim for the first Saturday in May.

  • Hollywood Starlet winner Pure Fun is the favorite in the Bourbonette Oaks.

    Pure Fun Tops Full Field in Bourbonette Oaks

    Pure Fun, winner of the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) in December, gets her season started in the $100,000 Fathead Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) as the 8-5 favorite in a field of a dozen 3-year-old fillies March 23 at Turfway Park.

  • Frac Daddy (left) finished second in the Nov. 24 Kentucky Jockey Club behind Uncaptured.

    McPeek: Frac Daddy Likely for Florida Derby

    After sending out Frac Daddy for a five-furlong breeze at Gulfstream Park on the morning of March 16, trainer Ken McPeek reported that the 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy would likely run next in the $1 million Florida Derby.

  • Verrazano

    Pletcher Keeping Options Open for Verrazano

    Trainer Todd Pletcher was keeping his options open on the next start for Verrazano, who became the early favorite for the 2013 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with his March 9 win in the Tampa Bay Derby.

  • Pure Fun rolls to victory in the Hollywood Starlet.

    McPeek's Pure Fun Toys With Starlet Rivals

    Pure Fun, the lone shipper in this year's grade I Hollywood Starlet Stakes, turned in an electric performance in rallying from last at the quarter pole to win by one length Dec. 8 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

  • Gulfstream Park

    Gulfstream Expects Fast Start to 90-Day Meet

    Gulfstream Park will begin its 2012-2013 race meet Dec. 1 and the track's president and general manager Tim Ritvo expects the opening day Claiming Crown to help provide a fast start on the track and in wagering.

  • Golden Ticket, right, in the Travers dead heat with Alpha.

    Golden Ticket to Bypass Breeders' Cup

    Golden Ticket, dead-heat winner of the Travers Stakes (gr. I), was not pre-entered in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and will be out for an undetermined period of time, trainer Ken McPeek said Oct. 23.

  • Volcat Virginia

    Pin Oak Valley View to Be Run in Divisions

    An overflow of 24 sophomore fillies passed the entry box for the $125,000 Pin Oak Valley View (gr. IIIT), forcing Keeneland officials to split the Oct. 19 running of the race into divisions for the second time in history.

  • Volcat fends off Filare l'Oro to win the Virginia Oaks.

    Volcat Victorious in Virginia Oaks

    Volcat found the deep going at Colonial Downs to her liking when she opened up a commanding lead in the stretch and held on for a half-length victory in the $150,000 Virginia Oaks (gr. IIIT) in New Kent July 21.

  • Team O'Neill members set up I'll Have Another's stall as NYRA security monitors those entering and exiting Barn 2.

    O'Neill Delays Move to Belmont Stakes Barn

    Trainer Doug O'Neill said June 5 that he was holding off on relocating I'll Have Another to the barn set aside for Belmont Stakes (gr. I) horses at Belmont Park and that the move would now be made June 6.

  • Trainer Ken McPeek

    McPeek: 'Weird Things Can Happen' in Belmont

    Trainer Ken McPeek says he has brought two "solid 3-year-olds" to New York for a possible start in the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) because "we believe anything can happen in the third leg of the Triple Crown."

  • Manoel Cruz

    Manny Cruz Returning to Calder June 7

    Following his three mounts at Churchill Downs June 3, jockey Manny Cruz will return to Calder Casino & Race Course, where he is the all-time leading rider with 1,956 victories at the Miami track.

  • Bizzy Caroline catches Heavenly Landing late to win the Early Times Mint Julep Handicap.

    Bizzy Caroline Keeps Digging, Wins Mint Julep

    Favored Bizzy Caroline, making her second start of the year, dug in late to edge outsider Heavenly Landing by a neck in the $111,000 Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Churchill Downs turf June 2.

  • Racing Hearing

    Was Hearing a Self-Inflicted Black Eye?

    Thoroughbred racing got further bruises April 30 during an allegation-ridden congressional hearing into equine health and medication issues that furthered a call for federal intervention--at least on some level.

  • Drosselmeyer Moves Forward for BC Classic

    WinStar Farm's Drosselmeyer, most recently second in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), continued his preparations for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) by working five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 in company Oct. 22.

  • Here Comes Frazier

    Successful Surgery for Here Comes Frazier

    Surgery Oct. 13 on promising 2-year-old colt Here Comes Frazier to correct a multi-piece fracture of the right hock was successful and the prognosis is good the son of Badge of Silver could eventually return to competition.

  • Jockey Julien Leparoux being thrown into the infield.

    Surgery Planned for Here Comes Frazier

    Trainer Ken McPeek said Oct. 11 that surgery is planned for Here Comes Frazier in an effort repair a compound fracture to the right hock sustained by the colt during the Oct. 9 Bourbon Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland.

  • Bizzy Caroline takes the Regret Stakes under Manoel Cruz. <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%3D9569305%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Bizzy Caroline Keeps Plugging for Regret Win

    Bizzy Caroline, making her stakes debut, kicked clear late to register a 2 1/4-length win in the $138,125 Regret Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Churchill Downs turf course June 18, earning her third consecutive win.

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    Scotus Rallies to Score Matt Winn

    Peter Callahan's Scotus made a winning stakes debut June 18 when he took over inside the sixteenth-pole to score by one length in the $138,500 Matt Winn (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Churchill Downs.

  • Salty Strike wins the Dogwood Stakes.

    Salty Strike Makes the Grade in Dogwood

    Two weeks after demolishing a field of optional claimers, Craig Singer's homebred filly Salty Strike became a graded stakes winner, as she returned to Churchill Downs June 4 to take the Dogwood (gr. III) by 3 3/4 lengths.