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McCraken Half-Sister ‘Impressive’ In Churchill Debut

Whitham Thoroughbreds’ With Dignity, a half-sister to multiple graded stakes-winning McCraken, lit up the toteboard at odds of 17-1 to win Saturday’s finale under jockey Julien Leparoux. Trained by Ian Wilkes, With Dignity rallied from seven lengths off of the early pace in the 6 ½-furlong maiden special weight contest for 3-year-old fillies to win her career debut. “I had an […]

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Multiple Graded Stakes Winner McCraken Retired To Airdrie Stud

McCraken, a multiple Graded Stakes-winning son of leading sire, Ghostzapper, has been retired from racing and will stand at Airdrie Stud in Midway, Kentucky in 2019. A homebred for Mrs. Janis R. Whitham’s Whitham Thoroughbreds, LLC, and trained by Ian Wilkes, McCraken first rose to national prominence during an undefeated juvenile campaign in 2016 that […]

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Clay Whitham To Be Keynote Speaker At 2018 HBPA Convention

When Eric Hamelback, the National HBPA’s chief executive officer, sought a keynote speaker for the organization’s 2018 convention in New Orleans, he wanted someone to follow in the steps of other recent headliners who offered inspiration mixed with constructive insight on how to improve the sport. So he asked Clay Whitham. Whitham co-manages with his […]

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McCraken ‘Doing Tremendous’ In Preparation For Haskell

Janis Whitham’s McCraken recorded a bullet workout over the Churchill main track on Thursday, preparing for the July 30 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. The 3-year-old son of Ghostzapper covered five furlongs in 1:00.40 under regular rider Brian Hernandez, Jr. According to drf.com, trainer Ian Wilkes has been extremely pleased with McCraken’s progress since his Matt […]

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Pese A La Mala Partida, McCraken Gana El Matt Winn Stakes En Churchill Downs

McCraken, crianza y propiedad de Janis Whitham, y que sufriera una laceración en uno de sus posteriores durante el Kentucky Derby, donde arribó octavo, regresó a las carreras con estilo el sábado 17 en la noche en el mismo hipódromo. El tresañero hijo de Ghostzapper, conducido por Brian Hernández Jr., partió un poco mal y […]

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McCraken Back To The Winner’s Circle Despite Bad Start In Matt Winn

Janis Whitham’s homebred McCraken, who suffered a hing leg laceration during the running of the Kentucky Derby to finish eighth, returned to the races in style on Saturday night beneath the same Twin Spires. The 3-year-old son of Ghostzapper, ridden by Brian Hernandez, Jr., hopped a bit at the start and was squeezed back by […]

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Walkabout Up Late For Matron Upset

Janis Whitham homebred Walkabout closed from well off the early pace to win Saturday’s G3 Matron Stakes at Churchill Downs by a neck over Improv. The 4-year-old daughter of Stroll, ridden by Brian Hernandez, Jr. for trainer Ian Wilkes, covered 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track in 1:44.06 to score her first graded […]

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Wilkes ‘Very Pleased’ With McCraken’s Six-Furlong Work At Keeneland

Whitham Thoroughbreds’ undefeated graded stakes winner McCraken on Monday morning worked 6 furlongs in 1:13.40 on a fast track at Keeneland as he continues preparations for the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on April 8, opening Saturday of the 2017 Spring Meet. The work was the second at Keeneland for McCraken, a 3-year-old son […]

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Undefeated McCraken, Champion Classic Empire Return To Work Tab

Janis Whitham’s McCraken, undefeated in four career starts, returned to the work tab on Saturday at Palm Meadows for the first time since he was diagnosed with a slight ankle strain on Feb. 28. The half-mile move in :50 1/5 was a good sign for the sophomore son of Ghostzapper, as trainer Ian Wilkes had […]

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On Track For Blue Grass: Wilkes ‘Very Pleased’ With McCraken’s Progress

Originally scheduled to contest the G2 Tampa Bay Derby this Saturday, undefeated sophomore McCraken will instead be sitting on the sidelines. The son of Ghostzapper sustained what trainer Ian Wilkes called a “minor ankle strain” in his left front leg during a workout on Feb. 27, which was discovered the next morning. According to bloodhorse.com, […]

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