Keyword: Ken McPeek

  • Trainers Plot Course in Florida Derby Series

    South Florida is a 3-year-old mecca because of Gulfstream's Florida Derby Series, which starts on Jan. 18, with the running of the $100,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III). The series continues Feb. 15 with the $200,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I), and comes to a fitting climax March 15 with the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I).

  • Ten Take Aim at $500,000 Delta Jackpot

    K.K. & Vilasini Jayaraman's Comic Truth, winner of the Lafayette Stakes at Evangeline Downs, heads a field of 10 2-year-olds entered Wednesday for Delta Downs' $500,000 Delta Jackpot Stakes at a mile Saturday.

  • McPeeks Earn Big Sport of Turfdom Award

    The Turf Publicists of America have named trainer Ken McPeek and his wife, Sue, the 2002 winners of the Big Sport of Turfdom Award. The award is presented annually to a person who enhances coverage of Thoroughbred racing through corporation with the media and Thoroughbred racing publicists.

  • Sarava preparing for California campaign.

    Sarava Joins Baffert Stable in California

    Sarava, winner of this year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has been transferred from trainer Kenny McPeek to the barn of Bob Baffert in preparation for a 2003 Southern California campaign that his owners hope will carry him to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, held during the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita on Oct. 25.

  • Wagering, Attendance Averages Down at Churchill

    Churchill Downs established a record for total wagering in the 30-day Fall Meet that ended on Nov. 30, but also suffered declines in average daily on-track wagering and attendance.

  • Take Charge Lady, winning the Ashland Stakes.

    Take Charge Lady Falls City Choice

    Select Stable's Take Charge Lady, one of the brightest stars in an outstanding crop of 3-year-old fillies, looms as a solid favorite as she faces older rivals in the grade II, $250,000 Falls City Handicap on Thanksgiving Day.

  • Lido Palace, Take Charge Lady Given Top Weights

    Grade I winners Lido Palace and Take Charge Lady have been assigned the high weight, respectively, for the $400,000-added Clark handicap (gr. II) and the $250,000-added Falls City Handicap (gr. II), the final handicap races of the 113th Fall Meet at Churchill Downs.

  • Allamerican Bertie Tunes Up for Falls City

    Delaware Oaks (gr. III) winner and Alabama (gr. I) runner-up Allamerican Bertie tuned-up for a run in next weeks' Falls City Handicap (gr. II) with a sharp five furlong work on Wednesday at Churchill Downs.

  • Florida Winter Planned for Harlan's Holiday

    Harlan's Holiday, the winner of this year's Florida Derby (gr. I), will be back at Gulfstream Park this winter taking aim at the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) to be run at 1 1/18 miles on Feb. 22.

  • Take Charge Lady Works Strongly at Churchill

    Select Stable's Take Charge Lady took aim on an expected start in the $250,000-added Falls City Handicap (gr. II) Nov. 28 with a sharp five-furlong work on Friday over her home track at Churchill Downs.

  • Repent Still Breeders' Cup Bound, Says McPeek

    Trainer Ken McPeek said Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) favorite Repent came out of Saturday's big race in good order, making the colt's seventh-place finish even more puzzling.

  • McPeek Takes a Peak

    Repent, Minister's Baby, Fabulous Brush and Risky Cat are among trainer Ken McPeek's hopefuls to hit the track at Belmont Wednesday to prepare for important fall races.

  • Imperial Gesture cruises to victory in the Gazelle.

    Gazelle Goes to Pace-Making Imperial Gesture

    Godolphin Racing's Imperial Gesture set her own pace, then had more than enough to hold off the stalking Take Charge Lady to score a 2 1/2-length victory in the $250,000 Gazelle Handicap (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park Saturday.

  • Take Charge Lady Will Have All She Can Handle

    Take Charge Lady will make her first start since May 25, and she will have to do it against tough rivals like Bella Bellucci and Imperial Gesture, part of a strong field for the $250,000 Gazelle Handicap (gr. I) at 1 1/8 mile for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.

  • Comebacker Band Is Passing Takes Miami Mile

    Band Is Passing, coming into the Miami Mile Breeders' Cup Handicap (IIIT) off a 5 ½-month layoff for his breeder/owner/trainer Stanley Ersoff, showed he was worth the wait by winning the $150,000 feature by two lengths.

  • Hall of Fame Hosts Trainers

    The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will be hosting the 2nd seminar of its "Guests in the Gallery" program on Wednesday August 14th at 11:00 a.m.

  • Museum Hosts Second Guests Panel

    The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will be hosting<br>the second seminar of its "Guests in the Gallery" program on<br>Aug. 14th at 11 am. Participants scheduled to attend the panel<br>discussion are trainers H. James Bond, Leah Gyarmati, Kiaran McLaughlin, Ken McPeek, and Tom Voss.

  • Repent impressed trainer Ken McPeek with his workout Sunday.

    Repent in Travers? Only a 50-50 Chance

    Repent's enthusiastic breeze Sunday morning at Saratoga made trainer Kenny McPeek think he should consider running the colt in the $1 million Travers on Aug. 24, even though Repent hasn't raced since April 6.

  • Sarava, holding off Medaglia d&#39;Oro in the Belmont Stakes.

    Belmont Winner, Favorite Depart; Saratoga Next

    New Phoenix Stable's Sarava, who paid $142.50 as the longest priced Belmont Stakes winner ever, flew out of New York and back to Kentucky at about 8:30 a.m.Sunday morning.

  • Longshot Sarava noses out Medaglia D&#39;Oro for an upset victory in the Belmont Stakes.

    Sarava Posts Stunning Upset; War Emblem Stumbles

    In the biggest upset in Belmont Stakes history, 70-1 longshot Sarava held off Medaglia d'Oro to win the third classic Saturday as favored War Emblem's chance for a Triple Crown was lost when he stumbled at the start of the 1 1/2-mile race.

  • Harlan&#39;s Holiday, now trained by Todd Pletcher.

    Harlan's Holiday Sent to Pletcher

    After War Emblem, Wiseman's Ferry, Proud Citizen, and Perfect Drift exited a plane Wednesday morning that had carried them from Kentucky to New York for Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), a surprise passenger walked off and was loaded into a van. His name: Harlan's Holiday.

  • McPeek's Late Developing Sarava Preps for Belmont Stakes

    New Phoenix Stable's Sarava, winner of Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico, breezed four furlongs in :49.20 for trainer Ken McPeek. Jockey Patricia Cooksey was in the saddle for the work by the son of Wild Again, who will make his fourth start for McPeek in the Belmont Stakes.

  • Ashland Stakes winner Take Charge Lady looks to rebound in the Dogwood Stakes.

    Take Charge Lady Eyes Dogwood at Churchill

    Select Stable's Take Charge Lady, who finished second in the Kentucky Oaks and won the grade I Ashland Stakes, is expected to compete at Churchill Downs May 25 in the grade III Dogwood Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.

  • No Belmont for Harlan's Holiday

    Trainer Ken McPeek said Harlan's Holiday, seventh as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby and fourth in the Preakness, will not run in the June 8 Belmont Stakes. But McPeek will still be represented in the third jewel of the Triple Crown by Sarava, an impressive winner of Saturday's Sir Barton Stakes on the Preakness undercard at Pimlico.

  • McPeek Gets Preakness Day Win with Sarava

    Sarava made his North American stakes debut a winning one when the Ken McPeek-trained colt rallied for an impressive victory over Withers Stakes (gr. III) runner-up Shah Jehan in the $100,000-guaranteed Sir Barton Stakes for 3-year-olds on the Preakness undercard.

  • Bob Baffert: &quot;At this point, you have a bunch of trainers trying to psyche each other out.&quot;

    Preakness Buzz is All About Pace Scenario

    On the eve of Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the buzz around Baltimore's Pimlico Racecourse is which horses will be on the lead or pressing the pace so that War Emblem does not get an uncontested victory as he did in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Harlan&#39;s Holiday, in his final workout for the Kentucky Derby.

    Likely Derby Favorite, Others in Final Workouts

    Starlight Stable's Harlan's Holiday, the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) and Florida Derby (gr. I) winner and likely favorite for the Kentucky Derby, underwent his final workout for Saturday's classic when he breezed a half-mile in :49 3/5.

  • Take Charge Lady had her final workout for the Kentucky Oaks on Friday.

    Take Charge Lady Turns in Final Oaks Work

    Ashland Stakes (gr. I) winner Take Charge Lady turned in her final workout in preparation for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) when she worked five-eighths of a mile in :59 3/5 at Churchill Downs on Friday morning.

  • Harlan's Holiday Breezes in :47.60

    Starlight Stable's Harlan's Holiday, winner of the Florida Derby (gr. I), breezed four furlongs in :47.60 over a "sloppy" track in his final major training move before a scheduled run in Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.

  • Came Home, Repent on Target for Weekend Races

    San Rafael Stakes winner Came Home, scheduled to compete April 6 in the grade I Santa Anita Derby, worked a half-mile in :48.20 the morning of April 2 in preparation for the race, co-owner John Toffan said. Meanwhile, Louisiana Derby winner Repent is galloping up to the grade II Illinois Derby to be held the same afternoon.

  • Harlan's Holiday Works Toward Florida Derby

    With owners Jack and Laurie Wolf looking on, Halran's Holiday breezed five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday as he continued preparations for the March 16, $1-million Florida Derby (gr. I).

  • Haskin says Repent&#39;s victory in Sunday&#39;s Risen Star Stakes &quot;finally gave us something to get excited about.&quot;

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Repent's Star Rises to the Top

    In the wild, wacky, wonderful world of cliches, you could say Repent finally showed us a light at the end of the tunnel, giving us something to sink our teeth into; something we can hang our hat on; something to bring a smile to our face and twinkle to our eye. OK, you get the point. In short, Repent's victory in Sunday's Risen Star Stakes finally gave us something to get excited about.