Keyword: Ralph Nicks

  • Speechify won the 2014 Mr. Prospector Stakes.

    Mr. Prospector Winners Back for More

    Neither has crossed the wire in front since notching their respective first graded stakes victories in the Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III) a year apart, but Speechify and Singanothersong hope to end that streak Dec. 19.

  • Spinaway on Radar for Debut Winner Tap to It

    Two-year-old filly Tap to It overcame some difficulty in capturing her career debut Aug. 16 at Saratoga Race Course, pleasing trainer Ralph Nicks and stamping herself as a candidate for the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) next month.

  • Speechify
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    Speechify Goes for Grade in Mr. Prospector

    Fresh off of a victory in last month's Kenny Noe Jr. Stakes, Speechify will be the one to beat in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 27 from Gulfstream Park.

  • Aubby K
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    Grade I Winner Aubby K Sold After Retirement

    Aubby K, winner of the Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I) and the Inside Information Stakes (gr. II), was retired from racing this week with a fractured sesamoid in her foreleg sustained after a workout at Saratoga July 29.

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    Grade I Winner Aubby K Scares Few in Chicago

    While Aubby K improved to 2-for-2 as a 4-year-old by securing the first grade I win of her career in her previous start, nine other fillies and mares will test her in the Chicago Handicap (gr. III) June 29 at Arlington.

  • Aubby K wins the Inside Information.
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    Comebacker Aubby K Aces Inside Information

    Aubby K, making her first start since she was unplaced in the Test Stakes (gr. I) more than six months ago, became a grade II winner when she put away nine rivals in the $150,000 Inside Information Stakes (gr. II).

  • El Caballo pulls away to victory in the Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap.

    Col. Bradley 'Cap: El Caballo Sharp in Return

    James Spence's El Caballo shook off a more than seven-month layoff to earn his first stakes victory, as he rolled to an easy 3 1/4-length win in the $100,000 Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap (gr. IIIT) Jan. 23 at Fair Grounds.

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    Turf Rivalry Heats Up in Bernard Baruch

    Darley Stable's Justenuffhumor and Magnolia Racing Stable's Cowboy Cal resume what may be a budding rivalry when they meet Aug. 28 in the $200,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at 1 1/8 miles on the inner turf at Saratoga.

  • Seaspeak Sails to Dallas Turf Cup Victory

    Dr. John A. Chandler's homebred Seaspeak made quick work of his five overmatched rivals in the $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup (gr. IIIT) May 25 at Lone Star Park, taking over after a half-mile and romping to a 4 3/4-length victory under Julien Leparoux.

  • Terrain is continuing to train for the Louisiana Derby.

    Terrain Tunes Up For Louisiana Derby

    Terrain breezed a bullet six furlongs in 1:13.60 March 6 at Fair Grounds in advance of his 3-year-old debut in the $600,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) March 14.

  • Friesan Fire takes the Risen Star at Fair Grounds.

    Friesan Fire Turns Back 12 in Risen Star

    Vinery Stables and Fox Hill Farms' Friesan Fire stamped himself as a legitimate Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender by winning his second consecutive graded stakes race at Fair Grounds. This time, the A.P. Indy colt posted a two-length victory in the $200,000 Risen Star (gr. III) Feb. 7.

  • Grade II Winner Cool Conductor Recuperates

    David Garner's Cool Conductor, winner of the 2005 Dixie Handicap (gr. IIT) and Arlington Park Handicap (gr. IIIT) is sidelined while he recovers from surgery to remove a small bone chip.

  • Onthedeanslist wins the Col. Bradley Handicap at the Fair Grounds meet at Harrahs Louisiana Downs.

    Onthedeanslist Takes Col. Bradley Laurels

    Team Valor Stables' Onthedeanslist set the pace, then held off the charge of odds-on favorite Fort Prado to capture the $75,000 Col. E.R. Bradley Handicap for older turf horses Sunday at the Fair Grounds meet at Harrah's Louisiana Downs.

  • Added Edge won the Razorback in his final career start.

    Canadian Champ Added Edge Retired

    Team Valor and Robert Wilson's multiple grade III winner Added Edge, who went unbeaten in four starts when voted champion 2-year-old colt in Canada, has been retired from racing. Stud plans have not been determined.

  • Cool Conductor Takes Arlington Express

    Cool Conductor took advantage of a pace vacuum in Saturday's $200,000 Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT), going gate to wire under Cornelio Velasquez to upset Vangelis on the Arlington Park turf.

  • Cool Conductor Engineers Dixie Upset

    Cool Conductor finished first in an optional claiming race but was disqualified to third on Kentucky Derby (gr. I) day at Churchill Downs. But on Preakness day,he stepped up and took the $200,000 CompUSA Dixie (gr. IIT), upsetting heavily favored Artie Schiller by a nose in a thrilling stretch duel.

  • Team Valor Parts Ways With Ralph Nicks

    Team Valor has ended its employment contract with Ralph Nicks, who took over training for the Kentucky-based stable of syndicated runners in January.

  • Team Valor Aims for American Oaks With German Filly

    Team Valor has purchased German stakes winner La Ina and is pointing her for her United States debut in the $700,000 American Oaks (gr. I) on July 3 at Hollywood Park if she is invited, according to president Barry Irwin.

  • Team Valor Buys Half-Interest in Cartoonist

    Team Valor has purchased a 50% interest in Cartoonist, who broke his maiden by two lengths at the Fair Grounds. The juvenile colt is a half-brother to multiple grade I winner Voodoo Dancer and is by Louisiana Derby (gr. III) winner Comic Strip.

  • Team Valor Hires Nicks as Private Trainer

    Ralph Nicks, a former assistant to Bill Mott, has been hired by Team Valor and will become the stable's private trainer, Team Valor president Barry Irwin said Tuesday.

  • Transition Time Wins Arlington Feature

    Rene Douglas got the mount on the filly he wanted and completed a sweep of the weekend turf stakes as a result, winning the Office Wife Stakes Sunday in Chacago.

  • Ubiquity, with Craig Perret aboard, following his upset victory in the Clark Handicap.

    Mott-Trained Longshot Ubiquity in Clark Upset

    Ubiquity, a 4-year-old trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, was sent off at 18-1 odds to post a front-running upset victory in Friday's $452,000 Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.