Wesley Ward

‘Ecstatic’ Katie Davis Wins First Race Back After 10 Months On Sidelines

Jockey Katie Davis made a successful return to the irons on Friday, rallying Winners Circle Partners XII’s His Royal Majesty to a tenacious nose victory in the sixth race at Laurel Park in Maryland, her first mount in more than 10 months. After settling His Royal Majesty in third along the rail through a half-mile […]

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Lady Aurelia To Be Offered At Fasig-Tipton November Sale

Multiple Group 1 winner and champion Lady Aurelia will be offered at this year’s Fasig-Tipton November Sale, to be held on Nov. 4 in Lexington, Ky. Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency will consign the four-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy on behalf of Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet and co-owner Peter Leidel. “Lady Aurelia is the embodiment of Stonestreet’s breeding […]

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Thursday’s Old Friends Stakes Draws Overflow Field Of 15 At Kentucky Downs

Thursday’s featured $250,000 Old Friends Stakes at Kentucky Downs is for horses who haven’t won a stakes race in 2018. That doesn’t mean the horses in the overflow field of 15 don’t possess talent. The Old Friends, conducted at a mile and 70 yards, attracted an excellent field whose entries include a Grade 1 winner […]

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Bound For Nowhere Among Stakes Winners On Big Opening Day At Kentucky Downs

Kentucky Downs had its second-highest betting day in track history on Saturday’s opening card of the five-day meet offering among the highest average daily purses in the world, with a total of $6,205,873 bet on the 10-race card that featured four stakes. The day is topped only by the $8,487,323 wagered on what would have […]

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Kentucky Downs Meet Ready To ‘Kick It Up A Notch’ In 2018

It’s post time for the Fastest Five Days in Racing as Kentucky Downs kicks off America’s most unique race meet Saturday with a 10-race card featuring four stakes worth $1.8 million, including purse supplements for Kentucky-born and -sired horses. “The enthusiasm and buzz going into this meet is unprecedented in Kentucky Downs’ 26 seasons of […]

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Derby Dreaming: Wesley Ward To Expand Horizons Beyond Royal Ascot

Wesley Ward, celebrated as a masterful trainer of precocious 2-year-olds and for breakthrough success at Royal Ascot, wants to take the next step in his career by targeting the Kentucky Derby as never before. “I sure would like to get some athletes in the barn that can be on the big stage there,” he said […]

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Two-Time Royal Ascot Winner, ‘Amazing Filly’ Lady Aurelia Retired

Cartier Award winner Lady Aurelia, who during her 3-year-old season traveled from her Kentucky base to England’s Royal Ascot to beat older males in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes, has been retired. Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet, which bred the 4-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy and raced her in partnership with George Bolton and Peter Leidel, […]

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‘She Would Want Me To Be Happy’: Lanerie Back In The Irons Saturday At Arlington

Jockey Corey Lanerie will return to the saddle this Saturday at Arlington Park, riding for the first time since his wife’s sudden death just 15 days ago. Shantel Lanerie was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer in early 2018, according to courier-journal.com, but died of sepsis on June 22. “I don’t know if I’m strange or […]

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Paulick Report 6/21 News Minute Presented By Woodbine Racetrack

Here’s your daily update on what’s been happening today in the world of Thoroughbred racing. In today’s edition of the Paulick Report News Minute, Scott Jagow has the latest developments from Royal Ascot, plus a preview of the rest of the meet and the Queen’s Plate a week from Saturday. Watch below.

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Royal Ascot: Ward-Trained Filly Shang Shang Shang Wires Norfolk Stakes By A Nose

The only filly in a field of 10 juveniles, Shang Shang Shang took up the early running and held on late to capture the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot Thursday. The daughter of Shanghai Bobby broke sharply under Joel Rosario and held off the charge of 20-1 Pocket Dynamo to prevail by a […]

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