Wesley Ward

King's Stand Target for Golden Pal

Breeders' Cup hero Golden Pal (Uncle Mo) is targetting the G1 King's Stand S. as his long term goal. Second on debut, the Ranlo Investments colourbearer filled that position again in the G2 Norfolk S. at this year's Royal Meeting before returning Stateside to take the Skidmore S. at Saratoga in September. Brought back to Keeneland for the Breeders' Cup, he turned in a solid effort to win the G2 BC Juvenile Turf Sprint on Nov. 6. Another likely Royal Ascot contender is Stonestreet Stables' G1SW Campanelle (Ire) (Kodiac {GB})....

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Friday Winners in Good Order

The winners of Friday's juvenile races at the Breeders' Cup were reported in good order Saturday morning. Trainer Brad Cox celebrated two winners on the championship card when Aunt Pearl (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) captured the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf S. and Godolphin homebred Essential Quality (Tapit) won the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile. "It was a fantastic day," Cox said. "Both came out of their races really well. So far so good. Both are a little tired, but they have a right to be. They both appear...

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Golden Boy: Wide Draw No Problem for Uncle Mo Colt in BC Juvenile Turf Sprint

Randall Lowe's speedy homebred Golden Pal (Uncle Mo) overcame the 13 hole and a few awkward strides to kick off the Breeders' Cup action Friday while providing trainer Wesley Ward with his second consecutive victory in the GII Juvenile Turf Sprint. Looking to avenge his dam Lady Shipman (Midshipman)'s neck second in the 2015 GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint over this same course and distance, the 4-5 favorite blasted out of the gate and cleared off early until Irad Ortiz, Jr. tapped on the brakes and Golden Pal began to...

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Not This Time Colt Romps at Keeneland

4th-Keeneland, $70,706, Alw, 10-24, (NW2L), 2yo, 1 1/16m (off turf), 1:44.32, gd, 11 3/4 lengths. NEXT (c, 2, Not This Time--Bahia Beach {MSP, $141,104}, by Awesome Again), a midfield sixth when favored on his June 14 debut over the Woodbine synthetic, shed the blinkers and fought his way to a half-length graduation sprinting at Kentucky Downs Sept. 16. The 9-5 second favorite broke running and settled nicely up front through fractions of :23.67 and :47.52 with token pressure to his outside. Rated along on the turn, the gray displayed a...

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Wesley Ward Joins TDN Writers' Room

Holding a typically strong hand of 2-year-olds heading into Future Stars Friday at the Breeders' Cup Nov. 6, trainer Wesley Ward joined the TDN Writers' Room presented by Keeneland Wednesday morning. Calling in via Zoom as the Green Group Guest of the Week, Ward talked about Golden Pal, the exciting son of Uncle Mo and Lady Shipman who figures to go favored in the Juvenile Turf Sprint, multiple group stakes winner in Europe Campanelle (Ire) and why he's so willing to run his fillies against the boys. Telling the story...

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Wesley Ward Joins the TDN Writers' Room

With just a few weeks until the Breeders' Cup, trainer Wesley Ward is heading into Future Stars Friday with his typical strong hand. Ward joined this week's TDN Writers' Room to talk juveniles Golden Pal and Campanelle.

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Tiznow Filly Runs to Favoritism in Matron

Three Chimneys Farm's homebred Royal Approval is two-for-two since returning from Royal Ascot followed a determined victory in the GIII Matron S. at Belmont Park Sunday. The 1-2 favorite tracked Union Gables (Speightstown) through a quarter in :22.53 and a half in :46.28. Union Gables attempted to scamper clear in upper stretch, but Royal Approval duly reeled in the scrappy pacesetter late to score going away. Royal Approval chased stablemate Campanelle (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) home when second in her debut going five furlongs over the Gulfstream turf May 31. She...

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Royal Approval Headlines Matron

Runaway last out Kentucky Downs maiden winner Royal Approval (Tiznow) looks like the one to beat in Sunday's GIII Matron S. at Belmont Park. Trained by Wesley Ward, the Three Chimneys homebred chased home her brilliant unbeaten G1SW stablemate Campanelle (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) in her first two trips to the post, finishing second as the favorite on debut at Gulfstream May 31 and 17th in the G2 Queen Mary S. at Royal Ascot June 20. Royal Approval, from the same female family as GI Kentucky Oaks heroine Summerly, returned to...

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Momos Switches to Grass for Futurity

'TDN Rising Star' Momos (Distorted Humor) will switch to grass for Sunday's GIII Futurity S. at Belmont Park, a 'Win and You're In' for the GII Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Keeneland. A runaway debut winner at Saratoga July 18, the $180,000 OBSMAR graduate pressed a hot pace and stayed on for third behind ultra-impressive unbeaten MGISW Jackie's Warrior (Maclean's Music) in the GII Saratoga Special S. last time Aug. 7. "He's been training well," trainer Christophe Clement said. "I trained him on the grass and thought he worked...

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Rising Star Seeks BC Berth in Bourbon

'TDN Rising Star' Mutasaabeq (Into Mischief) tries his hoof at turf and a spot in the gate for the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf in Sunday's GII Bourbon S. at Keeneland. An ultra-impressive debut winner sprinting on the Saratoga main track Aug. 8, the Shadwell runner checked in third in the GI Hopeful S. next out there Sept. 7. In addition to trying turf for the first time here, the Todd Pletcher pupil navigates two turns for the first time as well. Wesley Ward can never be counted out and...

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Kentucky to Consider Whip Penalty Changes

The penalty structure for the new slate of restrictive whipping regulations passed by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) back on June 16 appears to be on its way to an overhaul after the KHRC Rules Committee unanimously voted Sept. 29 to present a "days instead of dollars" system to the full board for reconsideration. In essence, a series of escalating disciplinary actions will replace the suspension-plus-fine system that was originally based on a percentage of the purse being taken away from  riders who violate the "six underhanded strikes per...

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No Nay Never Filly Beats Boys in Speakeasy

Amanzi Yimpilo bested the boys and secured a spot in the gate for the GII Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint S. A debut winner sprinting on the lawn at Gulfstream June 10 and was third in Saratoga's Bolton Landing S. Aug. 19. Shedding blinkers for this one, the chestnut pressed the pace from second through a swift opening quarter in :21.89. Keeping the pressure on through a half in :44.66, the $300,000 KEESEP buy swept to the front in the final sixteenth and held off a late run from Wyfire...

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