Ian Wilkes

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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‘Happy’ McCraken Pointed To Met Mile

Having exited an allowance victory on the Kentucky Derby undercard in good order, McCraken is now being pointed for the Grade 1 Metropolitan Mile on June 9 at Belmont Park, reports to drf.com. The 4-year-old son of Ghostzapper was making his first start in six months, most recently finishing third in last fall’s Fayette Stakes. “He’s […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Doc’s Products, Inc.: A Cat Called Ian Wilkes

Sometime early in Kentucky Derby week, Keith Desormeaux assistant and longtime partner Julie Clark acquired a very persistent fan. A friendly brown tabby showed up in the barn where My Boy Jack and several other Desormeaux shippers have been stabled, toward the Longfield Ave side of the barn complex. The cat (Clark wasn’t sure if […]

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Record Thurby Crowd Watches Weiland, Mr Cub Take Kentucky Juvenile, Opening Verse Stakes

John Ennis’ Weiland outgamed Myhotrodlincoln by a head to win the 25th running of the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile for 2-year-olds before a record Thurby crowd of 48,134. Trained by Ennis and ridden by Carlos Villasana, Weiland covered five furlongs on a fast main track in :59.32. It was the first career stakes win for Ennis. The victory was worth $60,760 and increased […]

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Nessy Shows Up In San Juan Capistrano

Ridden with confidence by Mike Smith, Florida invader Nessy ran to his 4-5 post time odds in taking Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes at Santa Anita by a measured length while getting the marathon mile and three quarters on turf in 2:48.03.  Trained by Australian-born Ian Wilkes, whose biggest moment in racing came in […]

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Assistant Trainers: The ‘Eyes And Ears’ Of The Racing Stable

Their phone rings after midnight, a barn watchman alerting them to an emergency situation with a sick horse. Or they have to explain to their boss how a horse got loose from a hotwalker, possibly impacting its chances in its next race. On the track, they exercise a horse too fast during a workout, upsetting the […]

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Weekend Lineup: Cardinal Handicap

The lone graded stakes race on the docket this weekend is the G3 Cardinal Handicap on Saturday at Churchill Downs. With a scheduled post time of 5:24 p.m. Eastern, the Cardinal is a nine furlong turf contest for fillies and mares age three and up. Ignacio Correas’ trainee Dona Bruja is the 8-5 morning line […]

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Clark Handicap: The Player ‘Put It All Together,’ McCraken Withdrawn From Consideration

Carl Hurst and William “Buff” Bradley’s The Player continued his preparation for the Grade I, $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare with a five-furlong move in :59.60 Friday morning at Churchill Downs. The Player, under jockey Calvin Borel, clipped through splits of :24.40 and :36.20, before galloping out six furlongs in 1:12.60 and seven […]

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