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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
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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
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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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Whether you need help buying or developing stakes winners, McPeek racing can provide you with your best chance at success!