Ian Wilkes

‘Matured’ Gentle Ruler Makes It Four In A Row In Robert G. Dick Memorial

Morsches Stable’s Gentle Ruler notched her first Graded stakes victory and her fourth win a row by winning the $200,000 Grade III Robert G. Dick Memorial at Delaware Park today. With Chris Landeros aboard, the daughter of Colonel John won by 2 3/4-lengths and returned $9.40 as the second choice in the field of eight. […]

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Leparoux Just Seventh Jockey To Win 900 Races Beneath Twin Spires

French-born jockey Julien Leparoux became only the seventh rider in Churchill Downs history to record 900 victories beneath the historic Twin Spires when Whitham Thoroughbreds’ promising 3-year-old filly With Dignity captured Sunday’s eighth race, a first level allowance/optional claiming event at 1 1/16 miles. “I’ve been very lucky throughout my career at Churchill to ride […]

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Street Sense Colt Brings $500,000 To Top Active First Day Of Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale

Paul Fireman has seen good fortune in the Baltimore area, having sent Senior Investment to a third-place finish in the 2017 Preakness Stakes. He left his mark on the city’s Thoroughbred industry again on Monday, buying a $500,000 Street Sense colt through trainer Kenny McPeek at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds In Training Sale. The bay […]

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McCraken Half-Sister ‘Impressive’ In Churchill Debut

Whitham Thoroughbreds’ With Dignity, a half-sister to multiple graded stakes-winning McCraken, lit up the toteboard at odds of 17-1 to win Saturday’s finale under jockey Julien Leparoux. Trained by Ian Wilkes, With Dignity rallied from seven lengths off of the early pace in the 6 ½-furlong maiden special weight contest for 3-year-old fillies to win her career debut. “I had an […]

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Oaks Notes: ‘Perfect’ Champagne Anyone, Lady Apple Breeze

BELLAFINA – The likely favorite for Friday’s $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G I) put in her final bit of western exercise Sunday morning at Santa Anita Park as trainer Simon Callaghan looked on. “She galloped a mile and a half and she looks very good. We’re very pleased with her,” the transplanted Englishman said. […]

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Oaks Works: Champagne Anyone ‘Did Everything Perfect,’ Street Band ‘Does It So Easily’

CHAMPANGE ANYONE – Six Column Stables and Randy Bloch’s Gulfstream Park Oaks (GII) winner Champagne Anyone turned in her third local work since her Florida victory by breezing five furlongs in company in :59.80 under jockey Chris Landeros at Churchill Downs. Working with 4-year-old allowance winner Kearny County, Champagne Anyone produced fractions of :12.60, :24.20, […]

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Kentucky Oaks: Champagne Anyone ‘Excelling,’ Street Band ‘Feeling Good’

Gulfstream Park Oaks (Grade II) winner Champagne Anyone along with Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) victor Street Band highlighted a chilly Monday morning training session at Churchill Downs as they began to ramp up their preparations for the $1.5 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) on May 3. Champagne Anyone, with regular rider Chris Landeros in the […]

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Bourbon Resolution Posts Ben Ali Upset For First Stakes Win

Sent off an 18-1 outsider under Chris Landeros, Bourbon Lane Stable’s Bourbon Resolution won Saturday’s $200,000, Grade 3 Ben Ali by 4 1/2 lengths to register his first stakes win in nine career starts for trainer Ian Wilkes. Nun the Less, sent off at 9-1 odds, finished second, with 7-1 outsider Third Day third in […]

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Champagne Anyone Posts $17.20 Upset In Gulfstream Park Oaks

Six Column Racing and Randall Bloch’s Champagne Anyone, third in back-to-back graded events earlier at the Championship Meet, gave her connections reason to celebrate by rallying past pacesetter Cookie Dough in mid-stretch and holding off favored Dunbar Road for her first career stakes triumph in Saturday’s $250,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2). The 49th running of […]

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Jeff Ruby Steaks: Counter Offer ‘Training Well,’ Twelfthofneverland Should ‘Love The Surface’

Exactly one month before this Saturday, Counter Offer rallied to finish fourth in the Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3), nosing out Knicks Go to collect the race’s last available point toward the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1). Saturday he is expected to join the hunt for 20 more points in the Jeff Ruby […]

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