Ian Wilkes

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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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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