‘He Was Good To Me’: Hootenanny Returns To Ward Ranch To Stand Privately

In many ways, Hootenanny represented the best of what Wesley Ward has done as a trainer. Now, he’ll try to do the same for Ward as a stallion owner. The 7-year-old son of Quality Road relocated to Ward Ranch across the road from the Keeneland property in Lexington, Ky., this past breeding season to stand […]

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‘Precocious’ American Pharoah Juveniles To Debut Wednesday At Aqueduct

Wednesday afternoon’s opening race at Aqueduct Racetrack will mark the year’s first 2-year-old maiden race at the Big A, featuring the debut of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah’s first two starters in North America when Lady Delaware and Tesorina are unveiled. American Pharoah, standing at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud division in Versailles, Ky. for a […]

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Breeders’ Cup Winner Hootenanny Retired, Will Stand At Buck Pond Farm In 2018

Winner of the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita in 2014,5-year-old Hootenanny has officially been retired. According to drf.com, the son of Quality Road will stand the 2018 breeding season at Kentucky’s Buck Pond Farm. In addition to his Breeders’ Cup win, Hootenanny won the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot and ran […]

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Go Bro Surprises With $91.30 King Edward Victory

Gustav Schickedanz’ homebred Go Bro was the surprise winner of Sunday’s G2 King Edward Stakes, winning a photo finish over Hootenanny on Woodbine’s turf course to earn his first graded stakes victory. The 6-year-old gelded son of Proud Citizen covered one mile over the firm turf in 1:34.09 under Jesse Campbell for trainer Michael Keogh. […]

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Ward Trainees Head Kentucky Juvenile Stakes On ‘Thurby’ At Churchill

Trainer Wesley Ward, who beat the boys with the filly Silvertoni in 2016, will send out the filly Happy Like a Fool and Waterford Stable’s McErin as a coupled entry for Thursday’s 24th running of the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile for 2-year-olds going five furlongs on the main track. The Kentucky Juvenile will go as the […]

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‘Here Are Your Riding Instructions’: Surprise Phone Call At Belterra Park

Globetrotting trainer Wesley Ward elected to make a stop in Cincinnati on Saturday at Belterra Park with his 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf victor Hootenanny.  While he had three horses entered at Kentucky Downs with purses totaling $625,000 that afternoon, he elected to accompany his now 4-year-old colt. “He’s something special to me,” said Ward.  […]

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Longshot Muhaarar Much The Best In Commonwealth Cup

Sheikh Hamdan’s Muhaarar took command with just over a furlong to run and pulled away for an impressive 3 3/4-length victory in the inaugural Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. Dismissed by the bettors at odds of 10-1, Muhaarar raced toward the rear of the 18-horse field as Goken led the runners through the […]

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American Challengers Gearing Up For Royal Ascot

According to a story by The National, the American presence at Royal Ascot is 13-strong, with 10 of those trained by Wesley Ward. Ward has already found success at Royal Ascot in past years and is looking to strike gold again with a formidable group of challengers. In the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, California Chrome […]

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Trainer Wesley Ward Finalizes Royal Ascot Team

Trainer Wesley Ward is in the process of finalizing his plans on sending yet another strong raiding party to Royal Ascot. According to Racing UK, Ward will send over a talented team led by G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Hootenanny, who will run in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup. Undrafted, who was recently second […]

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