Weekly Horse Racing News

Royal Ascot 2017 results a success for Ward

Wesley Ward had a productive season and the 2017 Royal Ascot results speak volumes about it. Lady Aurelia winner of King’s Stand and Con Te Partiro, winner of Sandringham have been closely monitored by trainer Ward. The 3-year old fillies are due to arrive in Chicago and then they will complete a 42-hour quarantine at Arlington Park. However, it was the prodigal Lady Aurelia who stole the show with another impressive victory.

Alongside jockey John Velazquez, Aurelia scored a 3-length win edging past 16 elder male and female competitors. At the 5-furlong King’s Stand, Aurelia celebrated her second Royal Ascot win adding to her Queen Mary success by 7-length. Aurelia has been a boon to her owners helping them win $718617. Ward has praised Aurelia as one of the most gifted fillies and will look to groom it better for the rest of the year.


Relieving Todd Pletcher while celebrating his 50th birthday

Todd Pletcher is widely regarded as an efficient and hardworking trainer, and is North America’s one of the prolific trainers with seven Eclipse Awards to his name. Todd was a James Madison High School graduate, and completed his schooling in Texas. He was an understudy to legendary trainer D. Wayne Lukas and started his own training six years later in 1995. His first New York Stakes race was with Jersey Girl in Astoria in 1997, which was followed by a first graded stakes race with Rare Rock a year later.

1999 saw him bag the Belmont title, and after a barren three year run, he marked his 1000th official victory with Left Bank Championship. 2004 saw him earn his first eclipse award Kentucky Oaks and Breeders’ Cup race that was followed by a productive 2005, 2006, and 2007 campaign, where he won three consecutive eclipse awards. In 2008 Todd won his 2000th official race.


Noah Abraham getting used to life at Laurel Park

A thoroughbred trainer Noah Abraham has had a topsy-turvy start to his fledgling career. Abramson the first horse that entered Hunca Rock could only reach the starting gate after a delay and had to be canceled. A 3-year old filly of the 25-year old Md. made a dream debut winning his first official start. Temple Sky won $31.87 after being sent off nearly at 15-1. Davy’s fancy returned $61 after getting dismissed at 25-1.

Abramson who was inspired by the show world where he had previously worked as a trainer helped him compete against the best riders at present. Before joining Carol Kaye, Abramson was well known to the thoroughbred game as he had plied his trade for revered trainers Mike Trombetta and JB Secor. Noah had shown his interest in horses, since the age of 11.