Keyword: nelson mcmakin

  • Pleuven gets the victory in the Wise Dan Stakes

    Improving Pleuven Scores Upset in Wise Dan

    Nelson McMakin's Pleuven, a French-bred gelding who was a close second in the Opening Verse Stakes May 21 in his Churchill Downs debut, stepped up big time with a victory in the $200,000 Wise Dan Stakes (gr. IIT) at the Kentucky track June 18.

  • Hot Cha Cha and James Graham come home best in the Early Times Mint Julep Handicap.

    Hot Cha Cha Skims Hedge to Win Mint Julep

    Hot Cha Cha used a ground-saving trip under James Graham and outdueled three rivals along the hedge in the final furlong to win the Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (gr. IIIT) by three-quarters of a length June 5 at Churchill.

  • Hot Cha Cha and James Graham celebrate victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.<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%3D8560492%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Hot Cha Cha Scores QE II Upset

    Hot Cha Cha found room along the inside turning for home and pulled away in the stretch under James Graham for an 8-1 upset in the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. IT) Oct. 17 at Keeneland.

  • Hot Cha Cha angled four-wide for her stretch run and caught 2-1 favorite Romacaca to post a 1 1/4-length victory in the Pucker Up Stakes on the Arlington Park turf course.

    Hot Cha Cha Rallies to Win Pucker Up

    Nelson McMakin's homebred Hot Cha Cha angled four-wide for her stretch run and caught 2-1 favorite Romacaca inside the sixteenth pole to post a 1 1/4-length victory under James Graham in the $200,000 Pucker Up (gr. IIIT) Sept. 7 on the Arlington Park turf course.

  • Hot Cha Cha Shows Moves in Bourbonette

    Hot Cha Cha, a 9-1 outsider making her stakes debut, seized the lead from favored Fitz Just Right leaving the eighth pole and drew away to a romping six-length win in the $150,000 Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) at Turfway Park March 21.