Wesley Ward

Jason Barkley Prepares To Saddle First Stakes Starter At Oaklawn

Trainer Jason Barkley is scheduled to saddle his first career stakes starter (Arch Avenue) in Saturday’s $125,000 Martha Washington for 3-year-old fillies, Oaklawn’s first of three major preps for the Kentucky Oaks. Barkley, 29, has already checked off one box this year at Oaklawn, winning last Sunday’s fifth race with Strolling ($8.20). It was Barkley’s […]

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European Rider Jamie Spencer Takes A ‘Working Holiday’ At Gulfstream Park

European jockey Jamie Spencer started a working holiday in the U.S. at Gulfstream Park Sunday, riding Brendan Walsh-trained Bantu to a fourth-place finish in the ninth race, a one-mile allowance for older horses on turf. “I’m basically on a working holiday. I came do some track work for Brendan Walsh, Wesley Ward. I’ve been galloping […]

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Brazilian Newcomer Luan Machado Turning Heads At Turfway

Leading jockey honors at Turfway Park came down to the wire, with Rodney Prescott edging newcomer Luan Machado by one win, 21 to 20. Machado began closing night two behind Prescott and turned up the heat with wins in the second and third races before settling for second place with 20 wins from 106 mounts. […]

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Maker, Ward In Tie For Turfway Training Title; Ramseys Leading Owner For 15th Time

When Red Hot Kitten crossed the wire a neck to the good in Turfway Park’s last race on New Year’s Eve, the final day of the 2018 holiday meet at the northern Kentucky track, Mike Maker claimed sole possession of the record for training titles at the Northern Kentucky track with 21. Maker had been […]

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Undefeated Dream Tree Puts Her Record On The Line In La Brea

Bob Baffert trainee and brilliant undefeated filly Dream Tree will attempt to extend her win streak to six as she heads a field of nine sophomore fillies in Santa Anita’s Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes at seven furlongs on opening day, Wednesday, Dec. 26. Owned by Phoenix Thoroughbred III, Dream Tree, a bay filly […]

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Dollar Fridays And More Part Of Turfway Park’s 43rd Holiday Meet

Kentucky’s year round Thoroughbred racing circuit makes its annual stop at Turfway Park (“Turfway”) beginning Wednesday, Nov. 28, the start of the Northern Kentucky track’s 43rd holiday meet. Turfway will offer eight races nightly, Wednesday through Saturday, with first post at 6:10 p.m. ET. Racing is also scheduled for New Year’s Eve, a Monday, with post time […]

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Several European Breeders’ Cup Contenders To Stay In U.S. With New Trainers

Four of the record 50 European contenders in this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships will not be making return flights, and instead will look toward U.S.-based campaigns with new trainers. Fourth-place finisher in the Juvenile Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs on Friday, Queen of Bermuda (Exceed and Excel) will be transferred to the barn of […]

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Four 2-Year-Olds Work For Breeders’ Cup Engagements On Churchill’s Turf Course

With light rain falling at 9:45 a.m. Friday at Churchill Downs, Breeders’ Cup contenders Chelsea Cloisters, Forty Under, Pakhet and Shang Shang Shang recorded works over the “yielding” Matt Winn Turf Course. Trainer Wesley Ward’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint hopefuls Chelsea Cloisters and Shang Shang Shang breezed a half-mile, in company, in :50.80 and :51.40, […]

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Injury Knocks Its Gonna Hurt Out Of Juvenile Turf Sprint; Sharp Samurai Scratched Due To Illness

A pair of scratches from Breeders’ Cup races were announced on Friday, according to bloodhorse.com. Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint contender Its Gonna Hurt was diagnosed with a suspensory injury, said trainer Brian Koriner, while Breeders’ Cup Mile hopeful Sharp Samurai came down with a throat infection this morning. Its Gonna Hurt (Violence), winner of the […]

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Six Of Ward’s Eight Pre-Entrants Aimed For Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint

Keeneland-based trainer Wesley Ward said eight horses he trains have been pre-entered in the Nov. 2-3 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs. All are fillies and mares. Breeders’ Cup pre-entries will be announced Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.. Ward’s contingent includes six starters in the inaugural $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at 5½ […]

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