Wesley Ward

Nootka Sound Makes Noise In Soaring Softly

Hat Creek Racing’s Nootka Sound started strong and finished even better, going gate-to-wire to notch her first career stakes win in capturing the fifth running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Soaring Softly for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday, Preakness Day, at Belmont Park. Originally carded as seven furlongs on the Widener turf, a driving rainstorm moved […]

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Happy Like A Fool Much The Best In Miss Preakness

Coolmore and Merriebelle Stable’s Happy Like A Fool was easily the best in Friday’s Grade 3 Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, rolling home 6 1/2 lengths in front for trainer Wesley Ward. Tyler Gaffalione sent the 3-year-old Distorted Humor filly firmly from the gate, urging her to take the lead down the backstretch. Once out […]

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Ward Sends Con Te Partiro To Arlington Matron With Royal Ascot In Mind

Trainer Wesley Ward is widely known for his pursuit of victory during the prestigious Royal Ascot meet and hopes that a start in Saturday’s Grade 3 $100,000 Arlington Matron will gear up Con Te Partiro for a return across the pond. Named after a song by Italian singer and songwriter Andrea Bocelli, the 4-year-old daughter […]

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Jose Corrales Hoping Black-Eyed Susan Day Will Be Something Awesome

In case you’ve forgotten about Bodhisattva … oh, wait. Maybe you have. Three years ago, the horse with the hard-to-pronounce name was among seven opponents defeated by eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the 140th Preakness Stakes (G1). Back then, Maryland-based trainer Jose Corrales called it a “dream” to have been part of the […]

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Lady Aurelia Works Over Keeneland Turf For Third Royal Ascot Bid

Stonestreet Stables and Peter Leidel’s European champion Lady Aurelia, based at Keeneland with trainer Wesley Ward, worked 4 furlongs on a firm turf course in :48.80 Tuesday in preparation for her third annual appearance in June at Royal Ascot in England, where she won the 2016 Queen Mary (G2) and 2017 King’s Stand (G1). Lady Aurelia, a 4-year-old […]

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Kirby’s Penny Kicks Clear For Vagrancy Triumph

Kent Spellman’s Kirby’s Penny kicked clear in the final eighth of the Grade 3 Vagrancy Stakes, earning her first graded stakes win in the third race on Belmont’s Saturday card. The 5-year-old daughter of Macho Uno, sent to the post at odds of 7-1, took a three-wide path around the far turn, then overtook the […]

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Owners, Trainers Tie For Keeneland Titles; Geroux Leads All Riders With 19 Wins

The race for Keeneland’s Spring Meet leading owner, trainer and jockey came down to the wire on closing day and resulted in a tie in two categories. Three owners – Marc Detampel, G. Watts Humphrey Jr and Ken and Sarah Ramsey – tied for leading honors with four wins each. It is the first Keeneland […]

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Mucho Macho Man’s First Starter, Mucho Amor, Wins At Keeneland

Adena Springs’ Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Mucho Macho Man was represented by his first winner with his first-ever starter April 26 at Keeneland when 2-year-old filly Mucho Amor won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race under Joel Rosario at Keeneland. Trained by Wesley Ward for Ten Broeck Farm, Mucho Amor went right to […]

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Trainer Brad Cox, Jockey Florent Geroux Could Collect First Keeneland Titles

With three days remaining in the 2018 Spring Meet, trainer Brad Cox has 12 wins and jockey Florent Geroux has 18 wins to lead their respective standings as they take aim on their first Keeneland titles. The two have teamed to win nine races this season. Cox has 12 wins, putting him one win ahead […]

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Adena Springs Freshman Sire Capo Bastone Gets First Winner From First Starter

Adena Springs’ Capo Bastone, the Grade 1-winning son of Street Boss, sired his first winner from his first starter on Wednesday when 2-year-old colt Hargus won his debut in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race at Keeneland. Trained by Wesley Ward for Danny Pate, the chestnut colt broke quickly from post 10 and was head-to-head with […]

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