Ian Wilkes

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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‘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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