Matt Winn Stakes

McCraken ‘Doing Tremendous’ In Preparation For Haskell

Janis Whitham’s McCraken recorded a bullet workout over the Churchill main track on Thursday, preparing for the July 30 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. The 3-year-old son of Ghostzapper covered five furlongs in 1:00.40 under regular rider Brian Hernandez, Jr. According to drf.com, trainer Ian Wilkes has been extremely pleased with McCraken’s progress since his Matt […]

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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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The Weekend Lineup: Gun Runner Back In Action

Saturday night’s racing action features the return of Dubai World Cup runner-up Gun Runner in the G1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs, along with a line-up of four other graded stakes on the card. McCraken returns to action in the G3 Matt Winn and Forever Unbridled does the same in the G2 Fleur de […]

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McCraken Looks To Regain Winning Form In G3 Matt Winn Stakes

Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC’s multiple stakes-winning homebred colt McCraken was installed as the 4-5 favorite against five other 3-year-olds in Saturday’s 20th running of the $100,000 Matt Winn (Grade III) at Churchill Downs. The son of Ghostzapper will attempt to rebound from a disappointing eighth-place finish in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI). […]

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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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Bradester ‘Better Than Ever’ After Stephen Foster Victory

All five stakes victors on Saturday evening’s card at Churchill Downs exited their wins in good shape, according to their connections. Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) winner Bradester walked away from his first Grade I triumph “better than he had ever come out of a race,” according to trainer Eddie Kenneally’s assistant Ronan Quinn. “Last […]

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Gun Runner Sets Stakes Record In Strong Matt Winn Performance

Winchell Thoroughbreds, Besilu Stables and Three Chimneys Farm’s Gun Runner was the dominant, 5 1/4-length winner of Saturday evening’s Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs. The sophomore son of Candy Ride covered 1 1/16 miles in a new stakes record time, stopping the clock at 1:41.12 (Successful Dan holds the course record at […]

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Weekend Lineup: Songbird Returns, Seven Contest Stephen Foster

This weekend’s graded stakes action is highlighted by both the return of undefeated juvenile champion Songbird, sidelined with a fever after the Santa Anita Oaks in April, and by Churchill Downs’ Grade 1 Stephen Foster on Saturday evening. The first graded stake Saturday afternoon is the Grade 3 Poker Stakes at Belmont Park, at one […]

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Churchill Downs: Gun Runner, Untapable Put In Final Works For Saturday Stakes

The Steve Asmussen-trained duo of Gun Runner, third in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), and 2014 Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Untapable both breezed a half-mile for their respective starts in the $100,000 Matt Winn (GIII) and $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (GII) on Saturday night at Churchill Downs. A son […]

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