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Champagne Anyone Posts $17.20 Upset In Gulfstream Park Oaks

Six Column Racing and Randall Bloch’s Champagne Anyone, third in back-to-back graded events earlier at the Championship Meet, gave her connections reason to celebrate by rallying past pacesetter Cookie Dough in mid-stretch and holding off favored Dunbar Road for her first career stakes triumph in Saturday’s $250,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2). The 49th running of […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Turning Left Into A Bright Future?

For as long as she can remember, 32-year-old Kelsey Danner has been making left turns. It began in her father’s barns at Churchill Downs and Oaklawn Park, scrubbing buckets and leading Thoroughbred racehorses around and around the shed row before school each morning. As she got older, she graduated to riding those same racehorses along […]

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‘He Didn’t Quit’: Wilkes Not Disappointed With McCraken’s Blue Grass Effort

Trainer Ian Wilkes was not terribly disappointed in his star 3-year-old colt on Sunday morning, telling bloodhorse.com that McCraken will definitely move forward off the effort. The son of Ghostzapper, previously undefeated, finished third in the G2 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday. “He’s a little tired,” Wilkes said. “He’s jogged, but he’s a […]

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Whitham, Wilkes Enjoying The Ride With Top 3-Year-Old McCraken

February is a very good time to have an ascending 3-year-old colt on the road to the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby. Janis Whitham and Ian Wilkes, the respective owner-breeder and trainer of Saturday’s G3 Sam F. Davis winner McCraken, are enjoying the ride. “We’re all excited,” Wilkes said in the blush of the Ghostzapper colt’s […]

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McCraken: Wilkes Tentatively Lays Plans For Tampa Bay Derby

Ian Wilkes says his role in helping McCraken get to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands at Churchill Downs on May 6 is relatively simple. “I’ve just got to stay out of his way and let him take me,” Wilkes said this morning. The unbeaten (4-for-4) 3-year-old colt raised his connections’ optimism several notches […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘You Don’t Get In The Way’ Of Good Horses

Success on the racetrack often comes in bunches. That was certainly the case last weekend, as trainer Ian Wilkes won a total of three stakes races at Churchill Downs. Starting on Thursday, Thatcher Street won the Grade 3 River City Handicap. Linda took the G2 Mrs. Revere on Friday, and on Saturday the talented juvenile […]

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Wilkes Breathes Sigh Of Relief, Heads Off On Vacation To Australia

Trainer Ian Wilkes felt relieved on Sunday morning following his promising 2-year-old McCraken’s victory in the $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) on Saturday evening, which made the son of Ghostzapper an undefeated 3-for-3. “It’s a relief,” Wilkes said. “With the anticipation and hype around a 2-year-old, you don’t want to let anyone down and […]

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Thatcher Street’s River City Triumph Helps Wilkes Hit Milestone

Thatcher Street capped a big day at Churchill Downs for Australian-born trainer Ian Wilkes when his 5-year-old gelding came back to beat chief rival Pleuven (FR) by a half-length to win Thursday’s 39th running of the $100,000 River City Handicap (GIII). In May, Thatcher Street beat Pleuven (FR) by the same margin in Churchill Downs’ […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: ‘They Found The Horse’s Calling’

Scouts for major sports teams see thousands of players throughout their careers, and they develop a honed eye for knowing when someone has the “it factor.” The same can be said for certain equine professionals, like Lexington, Ky.-based veterinarian and equestrian Dr. Carol McLeod. After laying her eyes on thousands of horses over the course […]

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G1 Winner, Prominent Sire Vicar Dies In Korea

Vicar, winner of the 1999 G1 Florida Derby and a prominent sire in Korea, died earlier this year at the Korean Racing Authority’s Jeju Stud Farm. He was 20. The website Horse Racing in Korea reports that the stallion died Jan. 24 of a throat obstruction. Vicar raced in the colors of Jim Tafel and was trained by Carl Nafzger […]

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