Ian Wilkes

Gentle Ruler Draws Clear For Dowager Victory

Morsches Stable’s Gentle Ruler shot to the front at midstretch and easily held off Elysea’s World (IRE) by 2½ lengths to win the 28th running of the $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) for fillies and mares before a Sunday afternoon crowd of 14,735 at Keeneland. Trained by Ian Wilkes and ridden by Chris Landeros, […]

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Nessy Will Try To Emulate His Full Brother, Bullards Alley, In Canadian International

In 2017, the late Bullards Alley shipped in from Kentucky and was a 10 ¾ length winner while returning a record $87.90 in the Grade 1 Pattison Canadian International at Woodbine. On Saturday, his full brother, Nessy, will be looking to replicate the feat in the 82nd running of the $800,000 showpiece over 1 ½ […]

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‘Matured’ Gentle Ruler Makes It Four In A Row In Robert G. Dick Memorial

Morsches Stable’s Gentle Ruler notched her first Graded stakes victory and her fourth win a row by winning the $200,000 Grade III Robert G. Dick Memorial at Delaware Park today. With Chris Landeros aboard, the daughter of Colonel John won by 2 3/4-lengths and returned $9.40 as the second choice in the field of eight. […]

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Leparoux Just Seventh Jockey To Win 900 Races Beneath Twin Spires

French-born jockey Julien Leparoux became only the seventh rider in Churchill Downs history to record 900 victories beneath the historic Twin Spires when Whitham Thoroughbreds’ promising 3-year-old filly With Dignity captured Sunday’s eighth race, a first level allowance/optional claiming event at 1 1/16 miles. “I’ve been very lucky throughout my career at Churchill to ride […]

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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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