Ian Wilkes

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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Eclipse Champion Jaywalk Heavy Favorite In G2 Davona Dale Saturday

Cash is King and D.J. Stable’s Jaywalk, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2018, will garner plenty of attention as she makes her highly anticipated sophomore debut in Saturday’s $200,000 Davona Dale (G2) at Gulfstream Park.  The 32nd running of the one-mile Davona Dale for 3-year-old fillies is among nine graded-stakes worth $1.65 million in purses on […]

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Going The Distance: Nessy Among Favorites In Two-Mile H. Allen Jerkens

Sierra Farm’s Nessy made late surges to finish second and third in his two graded-stakes starts at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., last season, but the Ian Wilkes-trained closer shouldn’t run out of ground Saturday in the $100,000 H. Allen Jerkens. Second in the 1 1/8-mile McKnight (G3) and third in the 1 3/8-mile Mac […]

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Nessy Tops 31 Nominees To Gulfstream’s H. Allen Jerkens Stakes

Siena Farms’ Nessy tops a list of 31 nominations for next Saturday’s $100,000 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The two-mile stakes honoring the memory the legendary Hall of Fame trainer will headline a program with five turf stakes, including the $100,000 Janus, $100,000 Abundantia, $75,000 Tropical Park Derby and $75,000 Tropical Park Oaks. […]

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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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