Ian Wilkes

Landeros Preparing For ‘Working Vacation’ With Family At Gulfstream Park

Jockey Chris Landeros will be off to a busy start at his second straight Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park, with mounts in seven of Saturday’s 11 races including five of the nine Claiming Crown stakes as he seeks to improve on his 2017-18 numbers. In his first full winter at Gulfstream, riding primarily for his […]

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Enliven Stretching Out In Demoiselle; St. Lewis Eyes Another Upset

Seven promising 2-year-old fillies are set to square off in the 96th running of the Grade 2, $250,000 Demoiselle on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack led by the regally bred Enliven for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and Godolphin. The 1 ⅛-mile Demoiselle will be joined by three other graded dirt events on a star-studded Saturday program headlined […]

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Bonnie Arch, I Remember Mama Top Contentious Cardinal Handicap

A highly-contentious field of 10 filly and mare turf specialists are set for Thursday’s 45th renewal of the $100,000 Cardinal Handicap (Grade III) – a 1 1/8-mile test over the grass at Churchill Downs. The co-feature on the 12-race Thanksgiving Day card, along with the $200,000 Falls City Handicap (GIII), is slated as Race 9 […]

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Capt. Candyman Can Still A Favorite In Off-Track Career

Capt. Candyman Can was a fan-favorite on the track. Winner of the King’s Bishop-G1 and several other stakes or graded stakes events, he enjoyed a career spanning the better part of six years on the track. These days he’s still adored by fans when he steps onto the track, but now it is in an […]

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Multiple Graded Stakes Winner McCraken Retired To Airdrie Stud

McCraken, a multiple Graded Stakes-winning son of leading sire, Ghostzapper, has been retired from racing and will stand at Airdrie Stud in Midway, Kentucky in 2019. A homebred for Mrs. Janis R. Whitham’s Whitham Thoroughbreds, LLC, and trained by Ian Wilkes, McCraken first rose to national prominence during an undefeated juvenile campaign in 2016 that […]

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Champagne Problems Flies Late To Win Groupie Doll Stakes

Brad Stephens, Randy Bloch, John Seiler, Fred Merritr and David Hall’s Champagne Problems showed off a big late kick to win Sunday’s Grade 3 Groupie Doll Stakes at Ellis Park by about four lengths. The 4-year-old Ghostzapper filly, ridden by Calvin Borel for trainer Ian Wilkes, covered a mile over the fast main track in […]

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Imperial Hint 124-Pound Highweight In Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap

Raymond Mamone’s Grade 2 True North winner Imperial Hint will shoulder the 124-pound high weight as he makes his first start at Saratoga Race Course against a field of seven in the Grade 1, $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs on Saturday. Last year, the Florida-bred son of Imperialism […]

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Enhanced Ship And Win Program Bringing New Stables To Del Mar

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racing secretary David Jerkens and his crew were hard at work over the weekend taking entries for opening day on Wednesday and day two on Thursday. But Jerkens took a moment to look forward optimistically to a summer season in which there will be several newcomers to the Del Mar training […]

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McCraken Takes On Baffert’s Dr. Dorr In Prairie Meadows Cornhusker

A field of nine has signed on for the $300,000 Grade 3 Cornhusker Handicap on July 6 at Prairie Meadows, topped by the Bob Baffert-trained Dr. Dorr. A lightly-raced 5-year-old son of Lookin at Lucky, Dr. Dorr has won three of his four starts in 2018, including the G2 Californian Stakes. Most recently, he finished […]

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Asmussen, Hernandez Capture Titles At Churchill Downs Meet Topped By Record Derby Week

A Kentucky Derby Week that established records on several fronts and headlined by a victory in the “Run for the Roses” that launched unbeaten Justify’s run to a Triple Crown provided a strong start to Churchill Downs Racetrack’s 2018 Spring Meet that concluded its successful 38-day run on Saturday, June 30. Along with Justify’s unforgettable performance at […]

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