First Foals Reported For Airdrie Stud’s McCraken

The first foals by Airdrie Stud’s McCraken, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of Ghostzapper, have been reported. Adele Dazeem, an Unbridled’s Song daughter of the stakes winner Seacrettina, produced a colt foal at Machmer Hall in Paris, Ky. “He is a big leggy colt with tremendous bone showing that McCraken was well suited to one […]

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Airdrie Stud’s 2020 Roster Led By Cairo Prince At $25,000

Brereton C. Jones’ Airdrie Stud has announced stud fees for their roster for the 2020 breeding season. New stallion Preservationist, a Grade 1-winning millionaire son of Arch, will stand for $10,000 and joins a young roster headlined by Cairo Prince (Pioneerof the Nile) whose fee will remain at $25,000 for a third consecutive year. Cairo […]

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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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Signalman Scores Derby Points With Game Kentucky Jockey Club Win

Signalman, who finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) just 22 days ago, grabbed the lead with three-sixteenths of a mile to run and turned back a late charge from Plus Que Parfait to win Saturday’s 92nd running of the $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) at Churchill Downs by a neck. Signalman […]

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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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McCraken Takes On Baffert’s Dr. Dorr In Prairie Meadows Cornhusker

A field of nine has signed on for the $300,000 Grade 3 Cornhusker Handicap on July 6 at Prairie Meadows, topped by the Bob Baffert-trained Dr. Dorr. A lightly-raced 5-year-old son of Lookin at Lucky, Dr. Dorr has won three of his four starts in 2018, including the G2 Californian Stakes. Most recently, he finished […]

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‘Happy’ McCraken Pointed To Met Mile

Having exited an allowance victory on the Kentucky Derby undercard in good order, McCraken is now being pointed for the Grade 1 Metropolitan Mile on June 9 at Belmont Park, reports to The 4-year-old son of Ghostzapper was making his first start in six months, most recently finishing third in last fall’s Fayette Stakes. “He’s […]

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Clark Handicap: The Player ‘Put It All Together,’ McCraken Withdrawn From Consideration

Carl Hurst and William “Buff” Bradley’s The Player continued his preparation for the Grade I, $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare with a five-furlong move in :59.60 Friday morning at Churchill Downs. The Player, under jockey Calvin Borel, clipped through splits of :24.40 and :36.20, before galloping out six furlongs in 1:12.60 and seven […]

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‘I’d Love To Get A G1 Victory For Him’: McCraken Targeting Clark Handicap

Janis Whitham’s homebred McCraken, seeking to land an elusive Grade I victory, continues to prepare for his next start in the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) on “Black Friday,” Nov. 24 at Churchill Downs. “I am so proud of how well he ran in the Fayette (GII) off a two-month layoff,” […]

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