Joking Gets Back On Track For Friday’s True North Stakes

It’s been a while, about 20 months, since Joking was seen in the winner’s circle after the Grade 1 Vosburgh, which punched his ticket to the 2016 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint for owner-trainer Charlton Baker. Joking never got a chance to run in the Breeders’ Cup. The now 9-year-old son of Distorted Humor developed […]

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Vosburgh Winner Joking Recovered From Illness, Returns To Training At Belmont

Talented sprinter Joking, who captured the G1 Vosburgh Stakes last fall, has returned to Belmont Park and has begun jogging for owner-trainer Charlton Baker. According to the Daily Racing Form, the 8-year-old Distorted Humor gelding began jogging two weeks ago. Baker said that he will begin galloping in a week or so, and could possibly return to […]

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Vosburgh Winner Joking Remains In California As He Recovers From Illness

Grade 1 Vosburgh winner Joking remains at an equine clinic in California after having a relapse of pneumonia. The Daily Racing Form reports that the 7-year-old Distorted Humor gelding is being treated at Chino Valley Equine Hospital. Joking had shipped to California from New York in order to run in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, but developed pneumonia […]

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Joking Spikes Temp, May Miss Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Vosburgh Stakes winner Joking will not run in Saturday’s G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint after developing a temperature. According to the Daily Racing Form, the 7-year-old gelding came down with a temperature after arriving at Santa Anita last Friday. Owner – trainer Charlton Baker told the DRF, “The horse came up with a temperature when he came here, it went […]

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Joking ‘Bouncing In His Stall’ After Vosburgh Win; On To Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Charlton Baker was still in a smiling mood a day after Joking punched his ticket to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in November with his win in Saturday’s Grade 1, $350,000 Vosburgh at Belmont Park. Joking, the 7-year-old bay gelding owned and trained by Baker, won the “Win and You’re In” challenge by going six-wide and […]

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Joking Takes Advantage Of Quick Pace To Land Vosburgh

Owned and trained by Charlton Baker, Joking took advantage of a quick early pace in Saturday’s Grade 1 Vosburgh Stakes, closing down the stretch to win by a length over Stallwalkin’ Dude. The 7-year-old son of Distorted Humor covered six furlongs over Belmont Park’s muddy (sealed) main track in 1:09.18 under Manny Franco, earning a […]

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‘Most Successful Meet Of My Career’: Charlton Baker Celebrating At Saratoga

Riding high coming off a notable spring meet at Belmont Park in which he captured his first graded stakes victory as an owner and trainer with 7-year-old Joking in the Grade 2 True North, Charlton Baker came into the summer meet at Saratoga with modest expectations but leaves feeling more than fulfilled accomplishing his most […]

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Eric Kalet’s Triple Crown Photo Blog: Friday Fun

The Paulick Report is excited to have photographer Eric Kalet back in New York this year to share his unique perspective on Belmont Stakes week. Each day, we’ll see through Eric’s eyes the preparations, festivities, and important moments leading up to the 148th running of the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. The Belmont contenders were once again out in […]

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Joking Last-To-First For First Graded Win In True North

Charlton Baker’s Joking, whom he both owns and trains, was the last-to-first surprise winner of Friday’s Grade 2 True North Stakes at Belmont Park. The 7-year-old son of Distorted Humor came with a late rush down the center of the track to get his neck in front on the wire, covering six furlongs in 1:08.04 […]

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