Wesley Ward

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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Juvenile Turf Sprint: Strike Silver Earns Spot With Indian Summer Win At Keeneland

John C. Oxley’s Strike Silver has the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint on his calendar after clinching a fees-paid slot with his triumph in Sunday’s $200,000 Indian Summer. The inaugural running of the Juvenile Turf Sprint will be at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2. “The game plan is to go for the Breeders’ Cup,” trainer Mark Casse’s assistant […]

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Ward Bringing As Many As Five Juveniles For Turf Stakes At Belmont

Well known for his precocious 2-year-olds on the turf, trainer Wesley Ward said Friday that he could have as many as five runners between the $150,000 Futurity and the Grade 3, $150,000 Matron, both for juvenile grass sprinters next weekend at Belmont. Ward said Calumet Farm’s Fayette Warrior is likely to target the Futurity on […]

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‘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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