The first day of turf works for the upcoming spring meet at Keeneland brought out a contingent of horses from trainer Wesley Ward's barn March 31, headed by two Breeders' Cup winners.
Last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. I) runner-up Luck of the Kitten will try to start his 3-year-old season on the right foot when he faces a large field in the $100,000 Transylvania Stakes (gr. IIIT).
The Great War, who was last of 10 in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park Feb. 28 after bleeding during the race, is no longer a candidate for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The Great War, a blowout winner of the 96ROCK Stakes in his 2015 debut, will take the next step at Turfway Park when he faces 10 other 3-year-olds in the $125,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes Feb. 28 at the Kentucky track.
Prohibitive favorite The Great War appears to have bigger battles ahead after winning for fun in his 3-year-old debut Jan. 31 in the $75,000 96ROCK Stakes under the lights at Turfway Park.
The Great War, a promising colt who finished fourth in last year's Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) is set to make his 2015 debut in the $75,000 96ROCK Stakes for 3-year-olds Jan. 31 at Turfway Park.
Hard as it is to believe that a daughter of a Horse of the Year out of a mare by another Horse of the Year sold for only $20,000 as a yearling, it isn't hard to see that she could become a champion.
Shrinking Violet, a bargain buy for owner/trainer Wesley Ward making her initial start at Santa Anita Park, scored a 10-1 upset in the $200,000 Monrovia Stakes (gr. IIT) on the hillside turf course Jan. 4.
While Crown the Kitten is scheduled to make his graded stakes debut in the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes Jan. 3 on the turf at Gulfstream Park, the Kitten's Joy gelding enters the 1 1/16 mile turf race with experience.
There was no Groupie Doll to stand in her way this season, and Judy the Beauty would not be denied victory in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Hootenanny, a Quality Road colt owned by the connections of Coolmore Stud, wore down pacesetter Luck of the Kitten to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park Oct. 31.
- By Steve Haskin
Let's start by saying that this year's Breeders' Cup is one of the toughest to handicap in many years, with deep, wide-open fields, none of which, except perhaps one, have a clear-cut favorite that stands far above the others read blog
Trainer Wesley Ward could get his Breeders' Cup Saturday started in a big way Nov. 1 if Richies Party Girl delivers in the $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes (gr. IIIT)
Trainer Wesley Ward provides insight into how his Breeders' Cup contenders are coming into the race. Ward's contenders include No Nay Never, Undrafted, Judy the Beauty, Hootenanny, and Luck of the Kitten. watch video
Group I victor No Nay Never led the quartet with a bullet five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 on a firm course in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT).
Hootenanny has proven himself against talented juvenile turf runners in Europe and Luck of the Kitten banked a graded stakes at Santa Anita, giving trainer Wesley Ward two good chances to land his first Breeders' Cup win.
Two-time grade I winner Artemis Agrotera boasts a three-race win streak going into this year's $1 million DraftKings Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Wes Welker's Undrafted worked five furlongs in :59 1/5, best of 27 at the distance, on the fast main track at Keeneland Oct. 19 as he prepares for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita Park.
Two prominent horses being pointed to this year's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, Judy the Beauty and Midnight Lucky, will enter the seven-furlong race off long breaks. Both have shown ability to win off long breaks.
A long layoff proved no problem for the talented No Nay Never, who scored a front-running victory in the $150,000 Woodford Stakes Presented by Keeneland Select (gr. IIIT) Oct. 4 at Keeneland.
Martin Racing Stable's Marchman, winner of the Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland earlier this year, returns to the Lexington track for the $150,000 Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 4.
Kentucky Downs closed out its highly successful 2014 live racing season Wednesday, Sept. 24, and the track established new records for wagering handle and starters per race during the five race-date season.
Two-time Horse of the Year worked five furlongs on the turf Sept. 23 in 1:01.20.
For his first start back from Europe after a fourth-place finish in the Darley July Cup (Eng-I), grade III winner Undrafted will try the European-style turf course at Kentucky Downs.
Suntracer, beaten by 20 lengths in his last start, was all out to hold off the closing Pyrite Mountain by a nose to win the $347,400 Kentucky Cup Turf (gr. IIIT) over the twisting Kentucky Downs turf course Sept. 13.
Odds-on favorite Sunset Glow bulled her way between horses at the top of the stretch to get the lead and repelled the determined rally of Her Emmynency to capture the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) Aug. 30.
On the morning of Aug. 28, Keeneland Race Course opened its new state-of-the-art dirt main track to training for the first time since the artificial Polytrack surface was replaced.
Sunset Glow handled her rivals in the Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) with consummate ease last time, and she is a standout among the field of untried 2-year-old fillies entered for the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) Aug. 30.
The Wow Signal edged past U.S.-based Hootenanny nearing the finish of the Aug. 24 Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) for 2-year-olds at Deauville and won by a half-length to kept his perfect record intact.
Royal Ascot winners Hootenanny and The Wow Signal are set to face off in a field of nine 2-year-olds set for the Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) Aug. 24 at Deauville.
Judy the Beauty, able to sit off a hot pace duel, swung into action in the stretch and inched away to a clear victory in the $147,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 17 at Del Mar.
Following up on a runner-up effort at Royal Ascot in June, well-traveled Sunset Glow dominated the field in the $200,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar Aug. 6, leading all the way for a 3 1/4-length victory.
Eliminating race-day Salix is gaining momentum. read blog
Sunset Glow, runner-up in a group III test that drew 21 competitors at Royal Ascot in June, returns to action for trainer Wesley Ward in the $200,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 6 at Del Mar.
Making his first start in stakes company, front-running Tourist put away Storming Inti rounding the turn for home and spurted clear in the stretch to take the $100,000 Sir Cat Stakes on opening day at Saratoga July 18.
The $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. III) July 19 at Saratoga Race Course pits two undefeated stakes winners in Bessie's Boy, six-length winner of the Tremont at Belmont, and impressive Bashford Manor victor Cinco Charlie.
Trainer Wesley Ward, who saddled a 2-year-old stakes winner at the Royal Ascot meet, demonstrate his prowess with juveniles again June 20 at Belmont Park, sending out Bessie's Boy to a six-length victory in the Tremont.
Doug Salvatore handicaps the Tremont Stakes and recaps two maiden races from June 19. read blog
American trainer Wesley Ward's annual trip to Royal Ascot was off to a dazzling start opening day June 17, when 2-year-old colt Hootenanny dominated 23 overmatched rivals in the Windsor Castle Stakes.
With his Triple Crown assault aboard California Chrome behind him, jockey Victor Espinoza is set to add to his frequent flier miles when he leaves for England Sunday, June 15.
NFL star wide receiver Wes Welker's turf sprinter Undrafted put the finishing touches on preparations for a trip to Newmarket next month with a clear victory in the June 7 Jaipur Invitational Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park.
Wes Welker's Undrafted charged from off the pace to win the $300,000 Jaipur Invitational Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 7 at Belmont Park. The son of Purim completed the six furlongs in 1:07.24.
Trainer Wesley Ward sent out four Royal Ascot hopefuls, all 2-year-olds, for four-furlong drills the morning of May 26 at Arlington International Racecourse.
Doug Salvatore handicaps juvenile races at Churchill Downs and Santa Anita. read blog
With only three horses from the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contesting the Preakness Stakes (gr. 1) May 17, Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas said he will initiate discussions to change the spacing between races.
Pablo Del Monte, third in the grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes in April, will attempt to go even longer, and this time on dirt, in the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course.
Ring Weekend breezed six furlong in 1:13 1/5 at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md. the morning of May 10 and appears likely for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Pedigree Handicapping With Brisnet.com & Doug Salvatore: Race 6 Friday at Churchill read blog
Wes Welker's Undrafted is being pointed to the six-furlong Darley July Cup (Eng-I) July 12 at Newmarket. Trained by Wesley Ward, Undrafted registered a runner-up finish in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes (gr. IIIT).
California Chrome had no trouble handling the plethora of speed horses in the Kentucky Derby. Will the new wave of talented speed horses expected for the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) pose a bigger problem for him?
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