Keyword: Wild Desert

  • Rudy Rodriguez

    Vyjack Trainer Rodriguez Gets KY License

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission license review committee April 16 recommended Rudy Rodriguez conditionally be approved for a license in the state. Rodriguez will be required to maintain 24-hour sureveillance.

  • Wild Desert

    Wild Desert to McMahon

    Millionaire Wild Desert, winner of Canada's greatest classic, has arrived for stallion duty at Joe and Anne McMahon's McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds near Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Premium Tap coasts home with a comfortable win in the Clark Handicap, Sunday at Churchill Downs.

    Premium Tap Uncorked in Clark Handicap

    Friday's $572,000 Clark Handicap, run for the first time as a grade I race, went to the only grade I winner in the field -- by a bunch -- when favored Premium Tap left his rivals far behind leaving the Churchill Downs' eighth pole in nearly track record time.

  • Premium Tap Tops Dozen Entered in Clark Handicap

    George Kline, Peter Alevizos and David Whelihan's Premium Tap, third to Invasor in the Breeders' Cup Classic powered by Dodge (gr. I) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4, returns to the historic Louisville track on Friday in search of a season-ending grade I victory when he faces 10 rivals in the 132nd running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap presented by Norton Healthcare.

  • Premium Tap Assigned Top Weight for Clark

    Premium Tap, winner of the Woodward (gr. I) at Saratoga and third to Invasor in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), has been assigned top weight of 122 pounds for next week's 132nd running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I).

  • Flower Alley looks to regain his former brilliance in the Woodward.

    Sadness in Woodward for Flower Alley's Connections

    The running of the $500,000 Woodward (gr. I) Saturday at Saratoga could turn out to be the most crucial start of the year for 2005 Travers (gr. I) champion Flower Alley. It will be the colt's first race since the death of his breeder, George Brunacini, one of 49 people who perished Sunday morning in the crash of Comair Flight 5191 in Lexington.

  • Bowling Green winner Go Deputy among eight to contest the Sword Dancer.

    Without English Channel, Eight Enter Sword Dancer

    With English Channel heading out of Saratoga for a trip to Chicago for the Arlington Million (gr. IT), eight older turf horses have been entered for Saturday's Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT). The 12-furlong Sword Dancer goes as the ninth race and is one of two graded stakes on the Saratoga program.

  • Grade I Winners Face Buzzards Bay in Foster

    Buzzards Bay, authoritative winner of the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) in his last start more than two months ago, takes on grade I winners Brass Hat and Perfect Drift in the $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs Saturday.

  • Three Contenders Work Toward Stephen Foster

    Fred Bradley's Brass Hat and Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, the local stars that could be the favorites for Saturday's 25th running of the $750,0000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, turned in their final major pre-race preps on Tuesday with training moves at Trackside Louisville training center.

  • Queen's Plate winner Wild Desert will miss the Travers Stakes and likely be out for the rest of the year.

    Wild Desert to Miss Travers Due to Suspensory Injury

    Queen's Plate winner Wild Desert, who had been training sharply in preparation for the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 27, will miss the "Mid-Summer Derby" and likely be out the rest of the year due to a suspensory injury, according to trainer Richard Dutrow.

  • Wild Desert Turns in Sharp Work for Travers

    Queen's Plate winner Wild Desert, who was upset in the recent Prince of Wales Stakes, worked five furlongs in a sharp :59 3/5 over the main track at Saratoga Tuesday in preparation for the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 27.

  • Wild Desert and jockey Pat Velenzuela following the Queen's Plate.

    Borislow Responds to Wild Desert Probe

    Owner Daniel Borislow has responded to a probe by the racing commissions in New Jersey and New York concerning the whereabouts of Wild Desert before his win in the Queen's Plate at Woodbine.

  • Ablo Wins Prince of Wales; Wild Desert Third

    Front-running Ablo fended off several challenges from a determined Autumn Snow to register a game neck victory in the $500,000 (Canadian) Prince of Wales Stakes Sunday at Fort Erie in the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.

  • Jockey Pat Valenzuela pumps his fist aboard Wild Desert after winning the Queen's Plate.

    Frankel Takes Queen's Plate with Wild Desert

    Wild Desert gave jockey Patrick Valenzuela and stand-in trainer Bobby Frankel their first victory in the $1 million Queen's Plate, the first leg of the Triple Crown for 3-year-old Canadian-breds at Woodbine Sunday.

  • <a href="http://www.exclusivelyequine.com/ee.asp?PI=P25-1004"target="_blank;">Bellamy Road</a>, impressive in Wood Memorial victory.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: A Road Less Traveled

    There was no one on Bellamy Road (also known as the Aqueduct stretch on Saturday) except one lone traveler who cruised along in isolated splendor as if out for an afternoon joy ride. But the Wood Memorial (gr. I) was not the only big race last weekend, despite what one may think of the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).

  • Rockport Harbor, left, accompanied by trainer John Servis on pony, at Oaklawn Park Wednesday.

    'Rocky 50-50 for Arkansas Derby; Lexington Stakes More Likely

    Rick Porter, owner of Rockport Harbor, said that although the colt is doing much better after suffering his third setback of the year, he is 50-50 at best to make the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. II), and that the April 23 Lexington Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland appears to be the more likely spot at this time."

  • Afleet Alex's Owner Accepts Borislow's Challenge

    Cash is King Stable managing partner Chuck Zacney, co-owner of Afleet Alex, announced Tuesday he has accepted Dan Borislow's $50,000 challenge matching Borislow's Wild Desert against Afleet Alex and Rockport Harbor in a horse-against-horse showdown in the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. II).

  • P Val to Ride Wild Desert in Ark. Derby; Owner to Offer Challenge

    Patrick Valenzuela has been named to ride Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) runner-up Wild Desert in the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. II), majority owner Dan Borislow said Monday. If Wild Desert runs well enough at Oaklawn to merit a trip to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Valenzuela will remain aboard.

  • Did sealed track play into Flower Alley's hand in Lane's End Stakes?

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Visibility Zero

    The Twin Spires are out there somewhere. We should see them once the fog lifts. The crystal clear path that once was the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail is no more. No matter how we analyze, theorize, or just plain romanticize, we all meet this time every year at the same crossroads, with no idea in which direction we're heading.

  • Flower Alley, with jockey Jorge Chavez up, leads Wild Desert (3) and Magna Graduate (2) to the finish line to win the Lane's End Stakes, Saturday at Turfway Park.

    Pletcher's Flower Alley Blooms in Lane's End

    One race after watching his Proud Accolade flop as the heavy favorite in the Rushaway, trainer Todd Pletcher's inexperienced Flower Alley surprised his rivals in the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds Saturday at muddy Turfway Park.

  • Declan's Moon, passed a big test in the Santa Catalina.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Nick, Alex, and Declan Speeding Toward Louisville

    The Kentucky Derby (gr. I) picture finally cleared up a bit last Saturday as Declan's Moon and Afleet Alex returned in grand style and Nick Zito put the finishing touches on his powerful four-horse Derby package, all of whom are coming off impressive victories. But the weekend's events still left us with several questions.

  • Jockey John McKee takes Churchill riding title for 2004 with 27 wins in the 21-day meet.

    Greater Good Never Better, Helps McKee Wrap Up Title

    While the battle raged in the middle of the track Greater Good, ridden by John McKee, slipped through along the inside with a furlong to go and went on to an impressive 1 3/4-length win in the $223,200 Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) for 2-year-olds on closing day at Churchill Downs Saturday.