Calumet Farm

Lukas Says Bravazo ‘A Much Better Horse Than I Took To The Preakness’

Justify and Calumet Farm’s Preakness runner-up Bravazo were the only racehorses on the track during Churchill Downs’ special 7:30-7:40 a.m. time slot for Grade 1 Belmont Stakes horses Tuesday morning. Bravazo had another lively gallop under exercise rider Danielle Rosier. “He’s had a good week,” said trainer D. Wayne Lukas, a four-time Belmont Stakes winner. […]

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Belmont: Bravazo ‘Full Of Himself,’ Friday Works Planned For Vino Rosso, Noble Indy

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, whose 14 victories in Triple Crown races is matched only by Bob Baffert, said fast-closing Preakness runner-up Bravazo could work as early as Wednesday. “I’m going to check the weather for the next few days,” Lukas said. “It could be Wednesday or Thursday. I’ll play it by ear.” Calumet Farm’s Bravazo […]

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Calumet Hires Former O’Neill Assistant Sisterson As Private Trainer At Keeneland

Jack Sisterson worked for trainer Doug O’Neill in 2010, and was a part of the team that prepared I’ll Have Another for his Kentucky Derby and Preakness victories. On Monday, the former assistant told drf.com that he will be going out on his own as a private trainer for Calumet Farm. Sisterson expects to have horses […]

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Fan-Favorite Patch Finishes Strong To Start 2018 Season With A Victory

One of the best-loved colts on last year’s Triple Crown trail, the Calumet homebred Patch made his 2018 debut this Saturday at Belmont Park. The one-eyed son of Union Rags came flying down the center of the track to win the sixth race, a 1 1/16-mile allowance event on the main track. Ridden by John […]

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Fan Favorite Patch Prepping For 4-Year-Old Debut This Weekend

Calumet Farm’s one-eyed fan favorite Patch will make his 4-year-old debut in Race 6 on Saturday at Belmont Park, an allowance for 4-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on the main track. It is his first start since his fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Racetrack on August 5. The son […]

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Jockey Club Issues First Digital Foal Registration Certificate

The Jockey Club announced today that a colt by Pioneerof the Nile out of Mildly Offensive, born Feb. 19 at WinStar Farm, is the first foal to be issued a digital certificate of foal registration. The transition to digital foal certificates from hardcopies begins with the 2018 foal crop and was first announced at the […]

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Funny Duck Wins G3 Pat Day Mile Swimmingly In The Slop At 39-1

As the phrase suggests, Funny Duck took to the rain-soaked Churchill Downs dirt track Saturday just like a duck to water, winning the Grade 3 Pat Day Mile by 4 3/4 lengths. At 39-1, the son of Disorted Humor surprised in his second graded stakes run, having broken his maiden less than three months ago. […]

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Bravazo ‘Just Like We Wanted’ In Six-Furlong Derby Work

Calumet Farm’s Risen Star (Grade II) winner Bravazo breezed six furlongs in 1:15.40 Friday morning at Churchill Downs in preparation for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI), which will be staged for the 144th consecutive year on Saturday, May 5. Bravazo breezed in company with stablemates Take Notice and Berko (1:16.40) through splits of :25.20, :37.80, :50.60 and 1:03, before finishing five […]

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Bravazo Breezes Through ‘Maintenance’ Work At Churchill Downs

Risen Star (Grade II) winner Bravazo began his serious preparations for the Grade I, $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve on Friday morning when he breezed five furlongs in 1:01.20 at Churchill Downs.  Bravazo stepped on the track at 5:30 a.m. EDT and worked through splits of :12.80, :24.80 and :37, before galloping out six furlongs in 1:16.40, according […]

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Looking Back: Alydar Gave Lucille Markey A ‘Big Thrill’ In 1978 Blue Grass

The post parade of Keeneland’s 1978 Blue Grass left an indelible memory in Thoroughbred racing lore. As the field meandered to the starting gate, jockey Jorge Velasquez steered Calumet Farm’s homebred Alydar to the outside rail, where his owners Lucille and Admiral Gene Markey waited on the Clubhouse lawn. Lucille Markey was 81 and in failing health […]

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