Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes

Field Of 14 Juveniles Set For G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes

Godolphin LLC’s Enticed, who finished third behind Firenze Fire and eventual Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) winner Good Magic in last month’s Champagne (GI) at Belmont Park, is among a promising and ultra-competitive cast of 14 2-year-olds that were entered for Saturday’s 91st running of the $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) at Churchill […]

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Weekend Lineup Presented By Del Mar: Feasting On Graded Stakes

The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is hardly a down time in the sport of racing. In fact, between Thursday and Sunday there are more than 20 graded stakes on tap from coast to coast. The action begins on Turkey Day with a quartet of races at Aqueduct, Churchill Downs and Del Mar. In Aqueduct’s Grade 3 […]

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Brisset Eyes First Stakes Victory With Undefeated Quip

Former Bill Mott assistant trainer Rodolphe Brisset has been training horses on his own for less than seven months but is already targeting his first graded stakes victory in the Nov. 25 Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) at Churchill Downs with undefeated juvenile Quip. “It’s a very special spot to be in,” Brisset said. “Quip […]

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Pese A La Mala Partida, McCraken Gana El Matt Winn Stakes En Churchill Downs

McCraken, crianza y propiedad de Janis Whitham, y que sufriera una laceración en uno de sus posteriores durante el Kentucky Derby, donde arribó octavo, regresó a las carreras con estilo el sábado 17 en la noche en el mismo hipódromo. El tresañero hijo de Ghostzapper, conducido por Brian Hernández Jr., partió un poco mal y […]

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McCraken Back To The Winner’s Circle Despite Bad Start In Matt Winn

Janis Whitham’s homebred McCraken, who suffered a hing leg laceration during the running of the Kentucky Derby to finish eighth, returned to the races in style on Saturday night beneath the same Twin Spires. The 3-year-old son of Ghostzapper, ridden by Brian Hernandez, Jr., hopped a bit at the start and was squeezed back by […]

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Wilkes ‘Can’t Read Too Much Into’ McCraken’s Derby Run; Colt Preparing For Matt Winn

McCraken appeared back on the Churchill Downs work tab on Tuesday morning, cruising through an easy half-mile in :49 4/5 seconds. The sophomore son of Ghostzapper, eighth in the Kentucky Derby after suffering a puncture wound during bumping at the start, is being aimed at the G3 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill on June 17, […]

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‘Filled Out, Stronger’ McCraken Works Five Furlongs At Keeneland Monday

Whitham Thoroughbreds’ undefeated graded stakes winner McCraken, who arrived at Keeneland on Thursday to begin preparations for the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on April 8, worked five furlongs in one minute flat Monday with jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. aboard. The time was the fastest of seven works at the distance. Keeneland clockers caught […]

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On Track For Blue Grass: Wilkes ‘Very Pleased’ With McCraken’s Progress

Originally scheduled to contest the G2 Tampa Bay Derby this Saturday, undefeated sophomore McCraken will instead be sitting on the sidelines. The son of Ghostzapper sustained what trainer Ian Wilkes called a “minor ankle strain” in his left front leg during a workout on Feb. 27, which was discovered the next morning. According to bloodhorse.com, […]

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McCraken: Wilkes Tentatively Lays Plans For Tampa Bay Derby

Ian Wilkes says his role in helping McCraken get to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands at Churchill Downs on May 6 is relatively simple. “I’ve just got to stay out of his way and let him take me,” Wilkes said this morning. The unbeaten (4-for-4) 3-year-old colt raised his connections’ optimism several notches […]

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Wilkes Breathes Sigh Of Relief, Heads Off On Vacation To Australia

Trainer Ian Wilkes felt relieved on Sunday morning following his promising 2-year-old McCraken’s victory in the $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) on Saturday evening, which made the son of Ghostzapper an undefeated 3-for-3. “It’s a relief,” Wilkes said. “With the anticipation and hype around a 2-year-old, you don’t want to let anyone down and […]

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