ESKIMO KISSES graduates 9-2 in the FAIR GROUNDS OAKS 03/20/2018
One newcomer to the Fair Grounds for the Fair Grounds Oaks is Magdalena Racing, Gainesway Stables and Harold Lerner's Eskimo Kisses, a daughter of To Honor and Serve who will be going for her third straight victory for trainer Kenny McPeek. Both of her last efforts took place at Oaklawn Park when she broke her maiden on Feb.1 and then romped in an allowance race by 11½ lengths later that month. Eskimo Kisses is trained by Kenny McPeek and will be ridden by Florent Geroux who scored a Fair Grounds Oaks win in 2015 with I'm A Chatterbox. She breaks from post four at 9-2.
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Surprised to see Ken McPeek, readying his top class stock for an assault on Keeneland.
McPeek informed us that he is moving a large division to South Florida late this spring and summer, returning to a place where it all began for him. Indeed, McPeek was a graduate of McGaughey University when first starting out.
Payson Trifecta: (left to right) McPeek, Clement, Mott
BLUERIDGE TRAVELER wins axxam Gold Cup Stakes = 185th stakes win for Ken 02/25/2018
Selected by Ken as a yearling, BLUERIDGE TRAVELER (To Honor and Serve) off the favorite, settled and then flew late to win the Maxxam Gold Cup Stakes at Sam Houston by a neck. Now owned solely by Horizon Stables, he has earned over $186,000. Last spring, BLUERIDGE TRAVELER added graded black type running 2nd in the Jack Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (Gr. 3)
SKY PROMISE closed like a train but had to settle for 2nd in the John Battaglia Memoria 02/24/2018
SKY PROMISE trailed the field early and came flying 7 wide at the end - his usual modus operandi - but could not quite get to the wire in time and had to settle for second in the JOHN BATTAGLIA MEMORIAL S at Turfway Park. He is owned by Stephen R. Baker and was bred by Normandy Farm LLC. Ken McPeek won this race last year and for sure wanted a repeat, but has to be proud of his horse.
ESKIMO KISSES explodes to take allowance at Oaklawn by 11 1/2 length 02/23/2018
3-year-old filly ESKIMO KISSES (To Honor and Serve) graduated in a MSW at Oaklawn by a neck 3 weeks ago. Running back in allowance company she was unhurried early and put on the afterburners at the half to explode to a win by 11 1/2 lengths! She is owned by Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek), Gainesway Stable and Harold Lerner.WATCH FOR THIS ONE!
Look for SKY PROMISE in the JOHN BATTAGLIA MEMORIAL STAKES 02/23/2018
RACE 5: THE JOHN BATTAGLIA MEMORIAL STAKES
SKY PROMISE was dead last turning for home in his three-year-old debut but closed well and galloped out strongly. He figures to move forward for Ken McPeek, who won this race last year, and he gets the nod with Jack Gilligan back aboard. ROAMING UNION showed dramatic improvement last out for Kelly Breen and won impressively. He made an easy lead from the inside post in that one but will probably rate just behind the early leaders tonight. Look for another solid performance with Martin Garcia coming in for the mount. TRUTH BE TOLLED is another one who has improved with every start. He has the speed to be on or near the lead and figures to be tough to catch. FAMILY KITTEN is a maiden but Maker adds blinkers and he has to be respected in a well matched renewal of the John Battaglia Memorial.
BLUERIDGE TRAVELER takes $80,000+ allowance at Oaklawn 02/11/2018
Courtesy of the TDN: 9th-OP, $80,560, Alw, 2-10, (NW1$X), 4yo/up, 1 1/16m, 1:46.23, sy. BLUERIDGE TRAVELER (c, 4, To Honor and Serve) broke his maiden a year ago at Oaklawn last February and ran a good second in the G3 Spiral S. to add black-type, He hit the board in his last two starts at Churchill Downs. Off the favorite, he raced behind horses after being squeezed at the start. He then rallied and splashed to score a length victory. Lifetime Record: GSP, 9-2-4-1, $226,500. O-Horizon Stables; B-Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd. (KY).
ESKIMO KISSES graduates in a MSW at Oaklawn 02/02/2018
Already with 2 seconds to her name, 3 year old filly ESKIMO KISSES (To Honor and Serve) got the job done with a rally to graduate in a MSW at Oaklawn by a neck. Going a mile on the dirt she was unhurried early on the rail and then shifted 5 wide for the win. She is owned by Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek), Gainesway Stable and Harold Lerner.
SOME IN TIEME (BRZ) 2nd in the G3 John Connally Stakes 01/30/2018
GSW SOME IN TIEME ( BRZ) added to his accomplishments running second by a length in the G3 John Connally Stakes at Sam Houston and upped his earnings to over $455,000, He is owned by Some In Time, Inc and was bred by Haras Santa Maria de Araras.
GSW RATED R SUPERSTAR back with strong allowance win 01/28/2018
5 year old GSW RATED R SUPERSTAR is back on track with a nice allowance win at Oaklawn where he came from off the pace and outgamed the field. At 3 he won the Grade 3 Carry Back, beating top sprinter Awesome Banner at the seven-furlong King's Bishop distance. He came from 9 ½ lengths back in that race to win by three-quarters of a length. He should be set up for a nice 2018 campaign.
GSW WONDERMENT adds black tyoe 01/20/2018
Newly turned 5-year-old mare GSW WONDERMENT adds still more black type to her resume running third in the La Verdad going 7 furlogs at Aqueduct.. She is owned by Walking L Thoroughbreds and Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek). The Cosmonaunt filly was bred in NY by Michael S. Landers. The NY Bred mare has upped her earnings to $387,870.
Fern Circle Stables' 2-year-old filly STRONGER THAN EVER (Congrats) broke her maiden in her first start and won her next start as well. Trying stakes for the second time in the Trapeze S at Remington Park, she added her first black type. Going a mile on the dirt, she came 4 wide from way off the pace, but had to settle for third.
SENIOR INVESTMENT 2nd in the Discovery G3 11/26/2017
Selected by Ken as a yearling from the Keeneland September sale, SENIOR INVESTMENT won theStonestreet Lexington Stakes (Gr. 3) and then made a willing 6 wide move to capture the show spot in the Preakness G1. Running in the G3 Discovery Stakes at Aqueduct, he came on with a kick, but had to settle for the place. He has earned $477,093 to date for his owners Fern Circle Stables and is earning at the rate of $36,000 per start.
On the same day at Churchill, ONE THIRTY NINE (Creative Cause) broke his maiden for owner Stephen Baker. Due to frequent on the board finishes, he has earned over $57,000.
DADDY'S LIL DARLING 2nd in the Mrs. Revere G2 11/25/2017
Graded stakes winner DADDY'S LIL DARLING comes from off the pace and she was just a tad late getting started in the Mrs. Revere S G2 at Churchill. She had to make do with the show position, but still, she added G2 black type to her resume, She is approaching a million dollars in earnings for her O/B Normandy Farm .
2yo filly DEADLINE graduates by almost 5 at Churchill 11/17/2017
Two year old Flat Out filly DEADLINE, broke her maiden at Churchill in exciting fashion. She swung six wide from 8th and cleared her rivals to win by almost 5 lengths. She is owned by Walking L Thoroughbreds and was bred by Malibu Farm, LLC. Keep an eye on this one!
2 WINNERS at Churchill 11/11/2017
2-year-old GRANDPA KNOWS BEST (More Than Ready) edged clear to win a 1 X allowance race going 1 1/16 on the dirt at Churchill to make it 2 victories in a row as he broke his maiden last out. The $220,000 Fasig-Tipton July Fern Circle purchase moved out from the rail into the three path and sustained a long drive to get up in time for the half-length score.
On the same card, LEVANTO (ARG) broke his maiden also going 1 1/16 and graduated by 7 lengths! Levanto is owned by Magdalena Racing.
GOING RATE takes MSW at Churchill 11/03/2017
Selected by Ken as a yearling at Saratoga, 3-year-old GOING RATE (Exchange Rate) figured out racing today at Churchill and circled the field and then swallowed it up for a graduate in a MSW at Churchill by 2 1/2 lengths. He found 1 1/8th on the turf to his liking.
MSW PAT ON THE BACK adds a stakes placing in the Hudson at Belmont 10/22/2017
Another stakes placing for SW PAT ON THE BACK: (Congrats) Consigned by St. George Sales, agent, to 2015 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga NY-Bred Preferred Yearling Sale, purchased by Ken for $70,000. Three-time stakes winner Pat On the Back has been making quite the name for himself in New York, scoring at distances from six furlongs to a mile for trainer Kenny McPeek to earn over $413,000. With a record of four wins, a second and four thirds from 15 starts.”
Today in the Hudson he overcame a brush at the start and tracked the pace before coming wide while altering course for the best shot at the wire to close willingly for the show. He is owned by Harold Lerner LLC, AWC Stables and Nehoc Stables
Pat On the Back was picked out at the sale by McPeek. “Kenny McPeek usually buys a nice horse, he’s a great judge,” said St. George. “His track record really speaks for itself.”
Good day racing: 2 allowance wins at Keeneland 10/21/2017
STRONGER THAN EVER (Congrats) won her second in a row, splitting foes and taking an allowance race at Keeneland for Fern Circle. She rallied from far out of it, tipped out for clear sailing in upper stretch and kicked away down the center en route to a convincing 2 1/2-length success. Watch for this one!
Also winning at Keeneland in allowance company was BLUE RIDGE TRAVELER (To Honor and Serve). Ater breaking his maiden at Oaklawn Park, he returned with a runner-up performance in the G3I Spiral S. Back after a nearly seven-month layoff in this allowance condition, he saved all the ground and then charged five wide down the straight and got the victory by a neck for Horizon Stables. He has bankrolled almost $200,000.
DADDY'S LIL DARLING 2nd in the Queen Elizabeth G1 10/15/2017
Last out, Normandy Farm's homebred Daddys Lil Darling asserted herself at the top of the Kentucky Downs' stretch and set a course record going 1 5/16 miles in the $200,000 Dueling Grounds Oaks Sept. 10. Today she tipped out and kicked on to run second in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup S. presented by Lane's End (Gr. 1) at Keeneland. She is approaching a million in earnings!
MSW & MGSP KATHBALLU gave O/B O/B-Five-D Thoroughbreds a nice allowance win at Keeneland 10/08/2017
Racing 7 furlongs in a $100,000 AOC, MSW & MGSP KATHBALLU was never far back and challenged for the lead on the turn. She took command and held well to report home 1 1/4 lengths to the good. Lifetime : 29-8-4-4, $478,685.
PRINCESS WARRIOR adds G1 BlackType second time out 10/06/2017
Princess Warrior (Midshipman) broke her maiden last month at Churchill Downs and stepped up today into the G1 Darley Alcibiades Stakes. She came outside and ran down all but the winner to annex G1 black-type to her pedigree. She is owned by Evan Trommer, Matthew Trommer and Andrew Trommer and was bred by George M. Veloudis Jr.
GSW WONDERMENT adds still another stakes win to her resume - the Arctic Queen - her 4th. She came 4 wide, dueled and prevailed by a nise. She is owned by Walking L Thoroughbreds and Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek). The Cosmonaunt filly was bred in NY by Michael S. Landers. This makes Ken McPeek's 182nd lifetime stakes win!
GRANDPA KNOWS BEST takes MSW at Churchill for FERN CIRCLE 09/30/2017
Another win for FERN CIRCLE as GRANDPA KNOWS BEST knew what was best and wired the field to break his maiden at Chuchill. The 2 year old More Than Ready colt set the pace out of the gate and drew away to win by 3 lengths in a MSW going 6/1/2 furlongs on the dirt.
KATHBALLU added black type to her pedigree 09/24/2017
Multiple graded stakes placed and stakes winner, KATHBALLU started the year well with a stakes win in the Spring Fever Stakes at Oaklawn, Today she added to her laurels running second in the Pink Ribbon at Charles Town. She is a homebred for Five-D Thoroughbreds, LLC and has added $432,515 to their coffers.
TRUE BOOTS graduates at Churchill for Fern Circle 09/22/2017
Ken is doing very well for Fern Circle these days with another winner: TRUE BOOTS (Yes It's True) who broke her maiden at Churchill. She stalked and then came wide to cllear the field for the win going 7 furlongs on the dirt. The 3 year old filly has been knocking on the door and already has earned over $70,000.
Another 2 yo wins at Churchill 09/18/2017
HONOR WITH PRIDE (To Honor and Serve), closed with a rush to graduate at Churchill Downs by a head over the favorite, The 2 year old filly is owned by Fern Circle Stable. She makes it the 3rd 2 year old filly to win at Churchill in 2 days!
KEN McPEEK quoted on the Keeneland Website 09/15/2017
Trainer Kenny McPeek: “I really liked the horses that I saw yesterday. I’m really just getting going. Typically, the middle and end of the sales is where I (buy the most horses). I’m not typically a first-session, second-session buyer, but we did get a beautiful horse yesterday and a couple of really nice fillies we partnered with Three Chimneys on.”
2 yo colt JOHN TIPMANN stakes placed at KY DOWNS 09/08/2017
2 year old colt JOHN TIPMANN (Tiz Wonderful), added his first black type rallying to get the place position in the Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Juvenile Stakes at KY Downs. It was his third start. JOHN TIPMANN is owned by Owner: Albert T. Baldassari, Daniel, Lion, Francis Demayo, and John Tippmann.
PAT ON THE BACK 3rd in the Albany S at Saratoga 08/26/2017
SW PAT ON THE BACK, bobbled at the start and then was carried three wide around both turns. He attempted to come between horses but had to settle for third. He has earned over $396, 000 for owners Harold Lerner LLC, AWC Stables and Nehoc Stables and provided breeder;s awards to Sugar Maple Farm.
2 stakes placed at Ellis in the 2 Juvenile stakea 08/21/2017
Ken had to be content with 2 stakes placings in the colts and fillies division of the Ellis Park Junenile Stakes. TEN CITY, winner of the Bashford Manor, G3 got hemmed in and had to settle for third. None the less his earnings are already over $100,000 for owners Tommie M Lewisand Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek), Ken selected the Run Away and Hide colt at Fasig Tipton October and paid $12,000 for him. What a great ROI already!
In the filly division, Animal Kingdom's daughter SW SUNNY SKIES was unhurried early and swung 6 wide to get into contention and was gaining in the stretch. The Normandy Farm homebred has earned over $100,000 in 3 starts,
Exciting 2 year old at SARATOGA 08/20/2017
Ken selected the current 2 year old, HONORABLE TREASURE (To Honor and Serve) for his owners Harold Lerner LLC, AWC Stables, Scott Akman, and Nehoc Stables from last year's Keeneland September sale. The bay colt took aim at the leaders in his second start, found a seam and took off for the wire to win by over 6 lengths . He raced 7 furlongs on the Saratoga dirt. HONORABLE TREASURE was bred by Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd.
2 YO OSKAR BLUES graduates at Saratoga - first out 08/13/2017
Two year old colt, OSKAR BLUES (Speightstown) was overlooked at 33-1 for his first outing. Big Mistake! Purchased for $350,000 at Fasig-Tipton July, OSKAR BLUES fought down the lane in very tight quarters and got his nose on the wire for the MSW win at 7 furlongs. He is owned by Fern Circle Stables and was bred by-Southern Equine Stables, LLC. Watch for this guy, he is tough.
Nice 2 year old winner at Ellis 08/12/2017
Ken is known to unveil a nice 2 year old at Ellis and he did it today with JOHN TIPPMANN (Tiz Wonderful) for owners Albert Baldassari, Daniel Lion, Francis Demayo and John Tippmann himself! The chesnut colt made a bold move from off the pace and took command for the win in his second start life time. He was bred by Albert Baldassari.
Harlan Strong (Arg) second in the Lamplighter Stakes at Monmouth 07/31/2017
Harlan Strong (Arg), broke his maiden at the end of last month and stepping up into stakes company, he ran tracked inside and ran second in the Lamplighter Stakes at Monmouth to add black type to his resume. The colt is owned by Fern Circle Stables amd was bred in Argentina by Firmamento.
Nice 2 yo winner and a stakes placing for the McPeek Barn 07/23/2017
Multiple Stakes Winner PAT ON THE BACK (Congrats), winner last out of the Ontario County Stakes at Finger Lakes came back in the NY Derby and had to settle for the show position. He came on willingly and only missed the win by 3/4 of a length. He is owned by Harold Lerner LLC, AWC Stables and Nehoc Stables and was bred by Sugar Maple Farm. PAT ON THE BACK, has bankrolled $371,115 for his connections. He was selected by Ken as a yearling at the Saratoga NY Bred sale for $70,000.
At Ellis Park, where Ken likes to race his 2 year olds, SKY PROMISE (Sky Mesa) broke his maiden despite a bump at the start which put him towards the back of the field and forced him to clear rivals 6 paths wide. He has not been off the board in 4 starts at 3 different race tracks. Like Daddys Lil Darling and other good ones, he was bred by Normandy Farm.
Exciting new 2 year old winner CLASSY MUSIC 07/08/2017
Going a mile off the turf at Ellis, 2 year old filly CLASSY MUSIC by MACLEAN'S MUSIC found herself last after an awkward break, but was immediately rushed closer to the pace and then moved to the rail as the leader ran a half in :46.80, Very eager to run, she went very wide to score by an open 4 3/4-lengths. She is owned by Fern Circle Stables and was bred by Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings
GSW WONDERMENT takes the Dancin Renee at Belmont 06/17/2017
GSW WONDERMENT was off the pace initially and then came six wide and swallowed the field to splash to the win in the Dancin Renee by 5 lengths. The track was a sea of mud and racing was cancelled after the race was run. She is owned by Walking L Thoroughbreds and Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek). The Cosmonaunt filly was bred in NY by Michael S. Landers. This makes Ken McPeek's 177 lifetime stakes win!
Ken on SENIOR INVESTMENT at Belmont 06/07/2017
"It was a simple half-mile, nothing complicated, just let him stretch his legs over the track. I think that horses need a little work over this racetrack before they run here and he handled it fine. What I call a happy half--just keep him happy, switch his leads, give him a peek at the scenery, all that. [Rider] Dylan [Davis] said he was a little conservative with him, just kind of went easy and finished up well."
THE TRUTH OR ELSE adds G3 stakes placing to his laurals 06/05/2017
SW THETRUTH OR ELSE (Yes It's True) stepped up into graded stakes company in the Aristides Stakes - Gr. 3. He trailed the field and then made a wide move to gain the show position. Earlier he made mince meat of his competition with a sweeping move to post the win the 7 furlong SIR SHACKLETON S in a romp. He is owned by Harold Lerner LLC and was bred by Green Lantern Stables, LLC. His earnings stand at $589,456.
Three year old MSW PAT ON THE BACK was inside and then outside on a sloppy sealed track at Belmont to run third in the Mike Lee S. going 7 furlongs on the dirt. He is owned by Harold Lerner LLC, AWC Stables and Nehoc Stables and has already added more than $325,000 to his coffers.
SIR BALLANTINE scores in a MSW at Churchill going long 05/29/2017
SIR BALLANTINE (Stay Thirsty) owned by Peter J. Callahan had to fight long and hard throughout his 1 1/4 mile MSW race at Churchill, but he was a game winner by 3/4 of a length. SIR BALENTINE was bred Turner Breeders LLC
SENIOR INVESTMENT gets up for 3rd in the Preakness 05/21/2017
Selected by Ken as a yearling from the Keeneland September sale, SENIOR INVESTMENT spent some of his energy in the paddock and then had to be steadied in traffic, but still made a willing 6 wide move to capture the show spot in the Preakness G1.He has earned $372,080 to date for his owners Fern Circle Stables. Last out, SENIOR INVESTMENT won the Stonestreet Lexington Stakes - Gr. 3 at Keeneland.
SENIOR INVESTMENT draws post 8 in the Preakness 05/18/2017
Courtesy of the TDN
Trainer Kenny McPeek led out the GIII Stonestreet Lexington S. hero Senior Investment. McPeek had to like what he saw as he watched his flashy blaze-faced chestnut from the apron through the binoculars. Under a snug hold throughout, the powerfully built sophomore certainly left a lasting impression Wednesday morning.
GIII Stonestreet Lexington S. winner SENIOR INVESTMENT (Discreetly Mine) worked five furlongs at Keeneland Monday in a bullet 1:00.40 (1/22) and galloped out six furlongsin 1:13 4/5. "He worked super," trainer Kenny McPeek said. "He.s pretty consistent. We didn't do anything special, but he's on his game right now. We're going to work him again next Sunday and then work on travel plans."
DADY'S LIL DARLING a late closing 2nd in the KY OAKS G1 05/05/2017
Graded SW DADY'S LIL DARLING added to her laurels closing despite a speed favoring track to be a strong second in the Kentucky Oaks G1. She had to overcome a bump, traffic and a wide run and given another 1/8 of a mile and she might have won it! She came flying at the end for her connections owner/breeder Normandy Farm. Last year she was the heroine of the GII Pocahontas S. and most recently she was the runner-up in Keeneland's GI Central Bank Ashland S. Robby Albarado who rode her for her last breeze foretold the race: "I hope she gets some pace to run at in the Oaks. If so, she will be fine. I am positive she will be staying on at the end." Albarado broke his ankle and Julien Leparoux had the mount but the filly lived up to Albarado's prediction..
IT'S YOUR NICKEL overcomes rough trip to gain graded black-type in the Illinois Derby G3 04/23/2017
Stakes winner of the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes, IT'S YOUR NICKEL, broke his maiden at Saratoga and took his first allowance condition as well - this time at the Fair Grounds. Trying graded stakes company in the Illinois Derby G3, the Dialed In colt was bumped around but gained the show spot and earned his first graded black-type, He is owned by Harold Lerner LLC, AWC Stables, Akman, Scott K. and Nehoc Stables. He has earned over $177,000.
OAKS WORKS TO STREAM LIVE 04/22/2017
Presented by Churchill in conjunction with TwinSpires.com, the stream will be available on Twitter (@KentuckyDerby) and kentuckyderby.twitter.com; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kentuckyderby; and at www.kentuckyderby.com/workouts/live. Training hours at Churchill Downs will be 5:45-10 a.m. daily, with a renovation break from 8-8:30. Upon reopening, a window from 8:30-8:45 is reserved exclusively for Kentucky Derby and Oaks participants along with any workmates
DADDY'S LIL DARLING fires a bullet prepping for the G1 OAKS 04/22/2017
Kentucky Oaks candidate Daddys Lil Darling (Scat Daddy), heroine of last year's GII Pocahontas S. and runner-up in Keeneland's GI Central Bank Ashland S. last out Apr. 8, worked four furlongs in :47.40 (1/71) at Keeneland Friday. "She went really good; a nice maintenance move," rider Robby Albarado said. "I hope she gets some pace to run at in the Oaks. If so, she will be fine. I am positive she will be staying on at the end."
GSW DADDYS LIL DARLING second in the ASHLAND (gr. I) 04/09/2017
Normandy Farm homebred G2 SW DADDYS LIL DARLING earned her second grade 1 placing at Keeneland. The Scat Daddy filly was runner-up in the Darley Alcibiades Stakes in October. DADDYS LIL DARLING raced just off the rail getting dirt in her face throughout in the Ashland G1, She when she could make room, she angled out and ran well to be second and add a G1 stakes placing to her pedigree page . She has $464,365.
Trainer Ken McPeek said he expects DADDYS LIL DARLING to be pointed to the Kentucky Oaks as well. "She ran a great race. (Jockey) Robby (Albarado) did a great job on her," McPeek said. "He just sat still and waited and waited. He just couldn't run them down. He said if the (race were a bit longer) he probably wins by two (lengths). But we're pleased. This is about where we wanted to be. Of course you want to win, but she's a special filly. I'm sure she'll go to the Kentucky Oaks, no doubt."
SIX TRAINERS HAVE WON BLUE GRASS-ASHLAND IN THE SAME YEAR 04/07/2017
Courtesy of Horse Racing Nation Kenny McPeek is one of six trainers who have won the Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and Central Bank Ashland (G1) in the same year. In a little more than a half-hour on Saturday, he could become the first trainer to repeat the feat Saturday if Daddys Lil Darling wins the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland and It’s Your Nickel takes the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass.
In 2002, McPeek took both races when Harlan’s Holiday won the Toyota Blue Grass and Take Charge Lady captured the Central Bank Ashland (when the two races were a week apart; the Toyota Blue Grass was moved to opening Saturday, the day of the Central Bank Ashland, in 2015). McPeek also won the Toyota Blue Grass in 2013 with Java’s War and the 2014 Central Bank Ashland with dead-heat winner Rosalind.
It’s Your Nickel, a colt by Dialed In, is owned by Harold Lerner, AWC Stables, Nehoc Stables and Magdalena Racing.
Daddys Lil Darling is a homebred racing for Nancy Polk’s Normandy Farm.
IT'S YOUR NICKEL works for the Blue Grass S. 04/03/2017
Working at Keeneland Sunday for the Blue Grass, It's Your Nickel (Dialed In) went five furlongs in 1:01.60 (20/35). "We were just looking for a nice maintenance work, something to keep his feet on the ground for the rest of the week," Ken McPeek's assistant trainer Alan Shell said. "He finished up well, so we'll just keep an eye on him this week and should be good to go. He looks like he's handling the track well."
Owned by Harold Lerner, AWC Stables, Scott Akman and Nehoc Stables, It's Your Nickel is coming off a 6 1/2-length victory in the Mar. 4 John Battaglia Memorial S.
THE TRUTH OR ELSE takes the Sir Shackleton at Gulfstream 04/02/2017
THE TRUTH OR ELSE made mince meat of his competition with a sweeping move to post the win the 7 furlong SIR SHACKLETON S in a romp. A two-time optional claiming winner last year, the 2014 GI Champagne S. third and 2015 GIII Southwest S. runner-up annexed the restricted Sam's Town S. at Delta Downs and has now added the $100,000 SIR SHACKLETON S to his resume. He is owned by Harold Lerner LLC and was bred by Green Lantern Stables, LLC. His earnings stand at $565,906.
Courtesy of the TDN
With a two-turn turf maiden win at Saratoga at age two, a dirt win via disqualification at Fair Grounds in January, and now a Polytrack score in the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial S. at Turfway, It's Your Nickel (Dialed In), doesn't exactly fit the traditional Derby contender profile. But wow, was he full of run- -careening between, and then off the heels of rivals to close from seventh at the quarter pole--when accelerating to blast clear by 6 1/2 lengths on Saturday."He was farther back than I wanted to be," said winning jockey James Graham. "He wasn't handling the track real well at first so I just let him go on, but once he got his head down and got into a rhythm on the backstretch, he was traveling beautifully." Either Turfway's Mar. 25 GIII Spiral S. or the Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds (where It's Your Nickel is stabled) are logical next-race options for the winner.
Exciting wire to wire winner at Oaklawn 03/03/2017
SOFT CHEESE (Quality Road) owned and bred by Catalyst Stable, G2 Associates and Magdalena Racing made her first start a winning one. The three year old filly broke on top and soon claimed the rail position. She wired the field with a determined effort to graduate going 1 1/16 at Oaklawn. She pocketed $43,200 for her connections.
BLUERIDGE TRAVELER graduates at Oaklawn 02/21/2017
3 year old colt, BLUERIDGE TRAVELER (To Honor and Serve), was selected by Kenny at last year's OBS March sale. Going 1 1/16 at Oaklawn, he started to pass horses while spinning wide on the far turn. Moving back inside, he closed with vigor between horses to nail the favorite by a head in the last jump. With his two seconds and this win BLUERIDGE TRAVELER has earned $61,340 for owner Horizon Stables.
SENIOR INVESTMENT takes AOC at Oaklawn 02/19/2017
SENIOR INVESTMENT ( Discreetly Mine) graduated at the end of last year at Fair Grounds and won again there in January, but was disqualified. Today at Oaklawn going 1 1/16, he settled second-last while saving ground and then angled into the five-path. From there, he sailed by the leaders to score going away by three lengths. He has earned $77,080. for his owner Fern Circle Stables.
McPeek Racing Update 02/08/2017
Spring is right around the corner and the stable is heating up. We had our first win of 2017 at the Fairgrounds with It's Your Nickel for owners Harold Lerner, Wayne Cutler, Jack Cohen, Nehoc Stables, and Magdalena Racing. It's Your Nickel will run again in the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes on February 25th. Keeping in Stakes company will be filly Perfect Wife running for Fern Circle Stables on February 11th at Oaklawn Park in the $125,000 Martha Washington Stakes.
I am extremely excited about this year's crop of 2-year-olds in training. In fact, this could be the most talented crop I've ever trained. As they begin their workout program, we continually evaluate talent and disposition of each colt and filly while adjusting each horses' training path individually.
To those of you that would like to be a part of the excitement, there are still a few shares available for horses that I purchased during last fall's yearling sales. Let me know if you're interested in joining the excitement.
Make a note in your calendar - Saturday, April 22nd. Please join us for the Magdalena Farm's Spring Open House in Lexington. The morning event happens from 10 am to noon with discussions on conformation, training philosophy, co-ownership of horses, legal issues, and financial matters as they relate to horse ownership. After live racing at Keeneland, we will host a barbecue at the farm - a very informal evening leading up to Kentucky Derby and Oaks weekend. If you would like to attend, simply respond here!! Don't be shy if you are new to the sport, this is our specialty in helping people learn about Thoroughbreds and racing them.
See you at the Races,
IT'S YOUR NICKEL, wins back to back 01/28/2017
IT'S YOUR NICKEL, a newly turned 3 year old Dialed In colt rallied to graduate in a MSW at Saratoga in his second start. Running back in allowance company at the Fair Grounds, he dueled hard in the stretch with another from the McPeek barn and was made the winner on a DQ. He is owned by Harold Lerner LLC, AWC Stables, Akman, Scott K. and Nehoc Stables. IT'S YOUR NICKEL was bred by Stephen Wigmore. He has earned over $51,000.
KATHBALLU ends the year on a high with a win in the Pan Zareta S. 12/31/2016
Multiple graded stakes placed and stakes winner, KATHBALLU is enjoying Louisiana. She romped in the Orleans S. at Delta Downs last out and she repeated the performance in the Pan Zareta at the Fair Grounds.She tracked, was asked to run and skipped home under a mild hand ride She is a homebred for Five-D Thoroughbreds, LLC and has added almost $327,864 to their coffers.
2 yo PERFECT WIFE became Ken's 169th SW 12/11/2016
Making her third start lifetime, 2 yo PERFECT WIFE (who won her first start at Churcill this fall) went right to the lead and never looked back, winning the Trapeeze S around 2 turns at Remington Park as she pleased by 6 lengths. PERFECT WIFE is already close to $100,000 in earnings. She was purchased as a yearling by Ken for Fern Circle Stables. Ken took to Twitter after the race, noting that Perfect Wife will likely make her next start in the Martha Washington S. at Oaklawn Park Feb. 11.
KATHBALLU romps by 8 in the Orleans S. at Delta Downs 11/20/2016
KATHBALLU was barely asked to run, but romp she did in the Orleans S. at Delta Downs on Jackpot night. She went right to the lead and just opened up at will to hit the wire 8 lengths to the good going 7 fulrlongs. The chart caller said "Barely roused". . She is a homebred for Five-D Thoroughbreds, LLC and has added almost $300,000 to their coffers.
Add to that The Truth Or Else ran third in the Sam's Town Stakes on the same card and raised his earnings over half a million for Harold Lerner LLC.
Buying a small percentage of several horses allows a new owner more chance to succeed, according to the panel.
"I work on the rule of five," said Ken McPeek, trainer of such graded stakes winners as 2002 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) victor Sarava. "For every five horses you buy—one can't run, one refuses to run, one gets hurt, one is a nice horse you had a little fun with, and one is a really nice horse that makes you forget the first four."
Daddys Lil Darling works for BC Juvenile Fillies - Morning line 12/1 10/30/2016
Daddys Lil Darling (Scat Daddy), who will also start in the Juvenile Fillies, breezed a half-mile in :51.20 (56/62)(video). She starts from an outside post 11 - with Corey Lanerie up. Her morning line odds are 12/1
THE TRUTH OR ELSE closing on 1/2 million in earnings with win at Keeneland 10/24/2016
Four year multiple graded stakes placed The Truth or Else won a tough allowance race at Keeneland. He bid wide in the stretch and edged clear going 6 1/2 furlongs on the dirt. He is owned by Harold Lerner LLC and Magdalena Racing and was bred by Green Lantern Stables, LLC. He is pushing 1/2 a million in earnings.
Good day at the races for the McPeek Barn 10/23/2016
Two Year old MSW PAT ON THE BACK dueled on the lead to wire the field in theSleepy Hollow Stakes at Belmont. He is owned by Harold Lerner LLC, AWC Stables and Nehoc Stables and has already added more than $300,000 to his coffers.
On the same day GSW WONDERMENT ran second in the Iroquois S also at Belmont and upped her earnings to $249,310. She is owned by Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek) and Chris Sterbenz.
DIAMONDS FOR LEAH breaks her maiden at Keeneland 10/21/2016
DIAMONDS FOR LEAH went wide, cleared and thenhung on with determination to finish 1st by a nose and graduate at Keeneland for her partners in Magdalena Racing.
McPeek Racing & Magdalena Farm Fall Open House 10/11/2016
Saturday, October 22 | 10 am - Noon
Please join us for the McPeek Racing & Magdalena Farm Fall Open House on the morning of October 22nd during Keeneland's fall race meet.
Tour Magdalena Farm with your family and friends. Kenny and staff will be showing some of the 30+ yearlings he and his team purchased during the July, August, andSeptember Yearling Sales. 2651 Russell Cave Road, Lexington, KY 40511
After the races, you're invited back to Magdalena Farm for hors d'oeuvres, BYOB cocktails, and a huge bonfire. Click Here To RSVP
Good day at the races for the McPeek Barn 10/10/2016
On Saturday, stakes placed King of New York wore down rivals to nail an allowance race at Keeneland and raise his earnings over $277,000. He is owned by Harold Lerner LLC and was bred by Mike Abraham. At Belterra, Cape Promise finished 1st by a neck to break her maiden,
On Sunday MGSP KATHBALLU who placed in the June 25 G3 Chicago H, settled close behind the pacesetters and then rallied three wide into the stretch and cleared the field to win 2 1/4 lengths. A homebred for Five D Thoroughbreds, KATHBALLU has earned $242,164.
GSW DADDYS LIL DARLING closing second in the Alcibiades (gr. I) 10/08/2016
Pocahontas Presented by TwinSpires.com (gr. II) winner DADDYS LIL DARLING came from way off the pace and was closing on the winner, but had to settle for the place in Keeneland's $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (gr. I). She has earned about 1/4 of a million for owner/breeder Normandy Farm in 4 starts! Watch for this one!
2 year old colt, PAT ON THE BACK, already a stakes winner in the Aspirant Stakes, ran a very game dead heat second in the Bertram F. Bongard Stakes. He has aleady won over $150,000 for his owners Harold Lerner LLC, AWC Stables and Nehoc Stables. He was bred by Sugar Maple Farm.
G3 SW WONDERMENT 2nd in the Dogwood S at Churchill 09/25/2016
G3 SW WONDERMENT was off a step slow but wheeled out 7 wide and came charging and was gaining on the leader, but the wire came just too soon. Owned by Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek) and Chris Sterbenz, WONDERMENT is approaching 1/4 of a million dollars in earnings.
PENNINGTON BAYOU dead heats to break his maiden 09/24/2016
PENNINGTON BAYOU, selected by Ken for owner Horizon Stables, got through traffic in time to hit the wire in a dead heat at Churchill Downs to break his maiden in his second start.He raced 1 1/16 on the dirt.
LISTEN TO KEN ON STEVE BYK AT THE RACES 09/21/2016
Courtesy of the Blood-Horse
As for the juvenile fillies, Pocahontas Presented by TwinSpires.com (gr. II) winner Daddys Lil Darling is possible for Keeneland's $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (gr. I) Oct. 8., according to trainer Kenny McPeek, who initially said that the daughter of Scat Daddy would likely train up the $2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. "We won't completely rule it out," said McPeek, who also won last year's Pocahontas with Dothraki Queen. "We haven't decided on the Alcibiades or to simply train her up to the Breeders' Cup. My first instinct would be to train her up but we'll see how she does during these next few days. We have a few weeks to make a decision."
Ken McPeek going after the Pocahontas Stakes G2 for the second year in a row 09/15/2016
Ken McPeek hopes to win the Pocahontas Stakes (G2) for the second year in a row. He is sending out DADDY'S LIL DARLING, a sharp maiden winner for Normandy Farm July 29 at Ellis. A daughter of the late Scat Daddy, she is out of grade II-placed Miss Hot Salsa and is a half sister to TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) winnerMongolian Saturday. Last year the McPeek barn won with DOTHRAKI QUEEN.
IT'S YOUR NICKEL, a two year old Dialed In colt cut the corner and rallied to sweep past the field and graduate in a MSW at Saratoga in his second start. He ran 1 1/16 on the turf for owners Harold Lerner LLC, AWC Stables, Akman, Scott K. and Nehoc Stables. IT'S YOUR NICKEL was bred by Stephen Wigmore.
2 YO Honor Thy Father gains black type in his third start 08/07/2016
As he often does, Ken sent out a potential star to make its first start at Ellis. It looks as though Honor Thy Father falls into this category. The 2 year old colt started as the heavy favorite, set the pace from the gate and then took off to score by almost 10 lengths. Stepping right up into stakes company a month later, he ran third in the Ellis Park Juvenile S. He is owned by Fern Circle Stables and was bred by Jim Fitzgerald & Katie Fitzgerald.
As he often does, Ken sent out a potential star to make its first start at Ellis. It looks as though Honor Thy Father falls into this category. The 2 year old colt started as the heavy favorite, set the pace from the gate and then took off to score by almost 10 lengths. He is owned by Fern Circle Stables and was bred by Jim Fitzgerald & Katie Fitzgerald. Watch for this one!
The 2016 Yearling sales season begins this Tuesday, July 12 at Fasig-Tipton here in Lexington, Kentucky. For those of you out there that are in the market for a young horse, there is no better place that Fasig-Tipton July. Viewing of these yearlings begins today, July 9th, and I will have a Short List available by Monday.
Five-D Thoroughbreds' multiple graded stakes placed filly, Kathballou, ran a good second in the Chicago Handicap - Gr. 3 at Arlington Park to add even more black type to her pedigree. She pressed the pace in second throughout but could not catch the freewheeling wire to wire winner. The 4 year old filly has earned over $200,000.
NY Bred G3 SW WONDERMENT, recent winner of the Bourbonette S. G3, added more black type to her pedigree running third in the Bouwerie S at Belmont on Big Apple Showcase Day. . She is owned Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek) and Chris Sterbenz. Wonderment was selected by Kenny for Magdalena Racing. As well as more black type on her pedigree page, Wonderment has already earned over $195,000.
On the same day Multiple Graded Stakes Placed Rated R Superstar won an allowance race at Churchill despite being bumped around and needing to change course. He is owned byRadar Racing LLC and was bred by Thorndale Stable L.L.C. Rated R Superstar has earned over $173,000.
I'MBETTERTHANGOOD wires the field at Churchill 05/28/2016
I'MBETTERTHANGOOD, a 6 year old Exchange Rate gelding was selected by Ken for Magdalena Racing. He has been on the board in all but one 2016 start and today found the winner's circle for the second time. He went right to the lead going a mile and 1.16 at Churchill Downs, and never looked back. He has earned just a tick under $150,000.
ULTRA ARUMBA(BRZ) wires field to graduate at Churchill 05/27/2016
ULTRA ARUMBA(BRZ) owned by Magdalena Racing broke well and went right to the lead and stayed there to wire the field going a mile and 1/16 on the dirt at Churchill Downs. It was her third start lifetime. ULTRA ARUMBA(BRZ) was selected purchased by Ken from her Brazilian breeder.
2 wins in 2 days for Ken and Gary Stevens 05/23/2016
Gary Stevens and Ken teamed up for their second win in 2 days as Gary found a seam with Ursula Andress (BRZ) and got up for the win at Churchill Downs. The Brazilian bred filly earned her second win and has earned over $48,000.
KATHBALLOU wins easily at Churchill in allowance company 05/22/2016
Graded stakes placed Kathballou had no trouble rating briefly and then taking charge of the race to win by almost 4 lengths. She went off the heavy favorite for owner/breeder: Five-D Thoroughbreds, LLC. The 4 year old filly has earned over $181,000.
DOTHRAKI QUEEN works again with Gary Stevens in the irons 04/30/2016
Magdalena Racing’s DOTHRAKI QUEEN, 16th on the Oaks leaderboard, worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 after the break under jockey Gary Stevens. “She probably went in 1:01. She flew the last eighth,” Stevens said. “I had a test drive with her last week at Keeneland (in a work) and today she wanted to get down to business.”
Trained by Kenny McPeek, Dothraki Queen won the Pocahontas (GII) here in September. Should she not makes the Oaks field, the $150,000 Edgewood (GIII) presented by Forcht Bank run at 1 1/16 miles on the turf May 6 is considered her next option.
DOTHRAKI QUEEN -works with Gary Stevens up 04/24/2016
Magdalena Racing’s Dothraki Queen, second in the Darley Alcibiades (G1) and third in the 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) here last fall, worked five furlongs in 1:03.20 after the renovation break with Gary Stevens aboard.
“It was a solid work and Gary was happy with her,” trainer Kenny McPeek said. “We are still on the fence about the (Kentucky) Oaks.”
Dothraki Queen, 16th in points earned toward the $1 million race, would need a couple of defections from the list of prospective entrants to make the field that is limited to 14 starters.
KY Oaks G1 still a possibility for Dothraki Queen 04/23/2016
Courtesy of Horse Racing Nation
Trainer Kenny McPeek said Magdalena Racing’s DothrakiQueen would work Saturday with the Kentucky Oaks (G1) still a possible option.
“She lost a shoe coming out of the gate,” McPeek said of Dothraki Queen’s 2016 debut, an eighth-place finish in the April 14 Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association. “We haven’t ruled out the Oaks and we are still considering the English Oaks (Group 1 Investic Oaks on June 4).”
Dothraki Queen has earned 20 points toward the Kentucky Oaks by virtue of a victory in the Pocahonas (G2), runner-up finish in the Darley Alcibiades (G1) and third-place finishes in the 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and Golden Rod (G2).
The 20 points are good enough for 16th in the standings for the Oaks that is limited to 14 starters and as many as four also-eligibles. …
GSW DOTHRAKI QUEEN to start in the Appalachian S. G3 04/14/2016
Magdalena Farm's DOTHRAKI QUEEN (Pure Prize) returns to the turf in the Appalachian S. G3 for the first time since a debut romp at Ellis last summer. She went on to annex the GII Pocahantas S. at Churchill in September, and finished second in the GI Darley Alcibiades S. over the main track here Oct. 2. She was third in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and was fourth-- later promoted to third after the show horse was disqualified from purse money--in Churchill's sloppy track GII Golden Rod S. Dothraki Queen could use The Appalachaian S G3 as a springboard to the G1 1000 Guineas and/or G1 Investec Oaks in England.
Multiple Graded stakes placed Rated R Superstar ran third in the Rushaway S at Turfway for owner Radar Racing LLC. He had to angle wide, but got up for the show. He was bred by Thorndale Stable L.L.C.
Nice allowance win at Turfway 03/06/2016
Walking L Thoroughbreds and Magdalena Racing's SENSUOUS PAT tracking the pace early and then fanned 5 wide to clear the field and win in allowance company at Turfway Park. She had broken her maiden in a MSW at Churchill in the fall.
KING OF NEW YORK wins AOC at Oaklawn with ease 03/04/2016
Multiple stakes placed King of New York, came wide and got up for the win at Oaklawn in allowance company. He closed willingly to dispatch the field. He is owned by Harold Lerner LLC and bred by Mike Abraham. He has added over $232,000 to his bankroll.
OPEN HOUSE at MAGDALENA FARM: April 23 02/28/2016
On April 23rd Magdalena Farm will be having an Open House. The day starts at 10 am with discussions on conformation, training philosophy, co-ownership of horses, legal issues, and financial matters as they relate to horse ownership that will continue until noon.
After live racing at Keeneland, we will host a cocktail party with light appetizers back at Magdalena Farm, a very informal evening leading up to Kentucky Derby and Oaks weekend. Don't be shy if you are new to the sport, this is our specialty in helping people learn about Thoroughbreds and racing them. Contact email@example.com
Ma'am wires the field and wins by 7 at Oaklawn 02/28/2016
Three year old Colonel John filly Ma'am figured it out in her third start, going to the lead, rating kindly and then accelerating to win by 7 lengths going a mile on the dirt at Oaklawn. She is owned by Lance and Greg Gasawayand David and Daniel Hamby III. She was bred by Lucy Bassett.
Wonderment adds black type 02/21/2016
NY Bred SW WONDERMENT, winner of the Lynbrook Stakes at 2 by over 6 lengths came back at 3 to run third in the Franklin Square S. at Aqueduct She is owned Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek) and Chris Sterbenz. She was bred by Michael S. Landers, offered for sale and was selected by Kenny for Magdalena Racing. As well as more black type on her pedigree page, Wonderment has already earned $123,500 with two wins and a third in 3 starts.
War Stroll (Stroll), an impressive maiden winner at Oaklawn Jan. 28, worked four furlongs in :50.20 [12/34] Tuesday and is under consideration for Monday's GIII Southwest S., according to trainer Ken McPeek.
Dorodansa adds more black type in the Martha Washington Stakes 02/07/2016
Already stakes placed in the Trapeze S, at Remington Park, 3 year old filly Dorodansa added more black type in the Martha Washington Stakes for owner Iron Oaks Farm. She was off a tad slowly but made a nice rally to get up for the show. She was bred by Centaur Farms, Inc.
War Stroll graduates MSW at Oaklawn 01/29/2016
The three year old Stroll colt, War Stroll, owned by Turf Stable Racing has been hitting the board from Saratoga to Keeneland in MSW company but he got the job done today at Oaklawn, Breaking from the inside, he zipped up the rail to the lead, rated kindly at the head of the field and won easily by almost 3 lengths. He has already bankrolled over $70,000. War Stroll was selected by Ken as a yearling for $35,000.
My Chennai Xpress gets Kenny underway to the winner's circle at Oaklawn 01/16/2016
Newly turned three year old My Chennai Xpress overcame every kind of difficulty in a MSW at Oaklawn to find the winner's circle. He was impeded at the start, brushed, had to go 7 wide, but he got the job done for Buppa Stables and Walking L Thoroughbreds. He was bred by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin III. My Chennai Xpress was selected by Kenny as a yearling for $35,000. He has earned over $50,000 to date.
Conditioner Kenny McPeek was pleased with how his two juveniles ran over the weekend. Dothraki Queen (Pure Prize) completed the GI Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Fillies trifecta while Rated R Superstar (Kodiak Kowboy) was fifth in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. "She ran huge and actually so did he--he broke bad," said McPeek. "She got stopped a little bit in the turn--I think she's second if that doesn't happen. But we were pleased. She's a really gusty filly. We're going to have a lot of fun with her next year. Both of them will probably run back at Churchill, in the Jockey Club and Golden Rod. That's the tentative plan. We'll nominate and take it from the
Truth or Else second in the Southwest Stakes - Gr. 3 02/23/2015 Multiple Graded Stakes placed Truth or Else, made an enormous move 5 wide to get up for second in the Southwest Stakes - Gr. 3 at Oaklawn. He is owned by Harold Lerner, LLC and was bred by Green Lantern Stables, LLC. He is pushing $200,000 in earnings.
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We keep a division of horses at both Keeneland Racecourse or Churchill Downs. We also have our facility in Lexington at Magdalena, which has access to turf tracks, big 14x14 foot stalls, plenty of turnout paddocks, a round pen, an indoor arena, riding trails, and many other amenities designed for the benefit of your horse.
Whether you need help buying or developing stakes winners, McPeek racing can provide you with your best chance at success!