Woodford Reserve Turf Classic

Wise Dan Connections to Take Wait-and-See Approach After Woodford Win

According to the Daily Racing Form, Wise Dan came out of his victory in Saturday’s Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs in good shape. Plans for a next start are still unknown, though the two-time Horse of the Year could reappear in the Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga in July. As for the Stephen Foster […]

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Wise Dan All Heart in Turf Classic Victory

Owner-breeder Morton Fink’s reigning two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan survived a tense stretch duel with Seek Again to prevail by a head and become the second two-time winner of the $559,100 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I). Trained by Charlie LoPresti and ridden John Velazquez, Wise Dan covered the mile and an eighth […]

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Wise Dan Seeks Second Woodford Reserve Turf Classic

Morton Fink’s two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan will seek to become the second two-time winner of the $500,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I) on Saturday when he faces nine foes in the 29th running of the 1 1/8-mile race. The Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, along with the 28th running of the […]

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Vaccarezza Pulls Little Mike From Turf Classic Over Testing Dispute

Multiple Grade 1 winner Little Mike will not run in Saturday’s G1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on the Kentucky Derby undercard at Churchill Downs. Carlo Vaccarezza, who bred  Little Mike and took over his training from Dale Romans after the now 7-year-old gelding ran ninth in Hong Kong in December, is upset with officials from […]

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Little Mike to Take On Wise Dan in Woodford Reserve

The Daily Racing Form reports that multiple Grade 1 winner Little Mike may make his 2014 debut in the G1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs May 3. The 7-year-old gelding captured the 2012 edition of the Woodford Reserve. It appears that Little Mike could face reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan in […]

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Wise Dan Leads Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Nominations

Two-time Horse of the Year and defending winner Wise Dan is the brightest name on an international roster of 90 early nominations to the 28th running of the $500,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I) on the Kentucky Derby Day undercard on Saturday, May 3 at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/8-mile contest for 4-year-olds and […]

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Early Nomination Deadline for KY Oaks, Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Feb. 22

Owners and trainers of horses being pointed toward the 140th running of the $1 million-guaranteed Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) on Friday, May 2 at Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) face an early nomination deadline of Saturday, Feb. 22 to make their horses eligible to compete in the 2014 renewal America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies […]

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Record Six Grade 1’s Top Churchill’s Spring Stakes Schedule

The 140th runnings of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and $1 million-guaranteed Longines Kentucky Oaks and the 33rd running of the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap are the highlights of a record six Grade I events that headline Churchill Downs Racetrack’s schedule of 24 stakes races cumulatively worth $7.675 million during its […]

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LoPresti Mapping Out Similar Strategy for Wise Dan in 2013

Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who dominated his rivals when winning the G1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on Saturday, came out of the race in great shape according to trainer Charlie LoPresti. LoPresti told the Daily Racing Form that the chestnut gelding would make the G2 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga on […]

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Freshly Minted: $1,000 Julep Returns to Derby

For the eighth year, the $1,000 mint julep will be available at Saturday’s Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs courtesy of Woodford Reserve. The classic drink comes in a sterling silver cup with engraving and a gold plated straw. Proceeds from the sales of the drinks in previous years have generated $354,000 in charitable donations from […]

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