Ward outlines his sizable Royal Ascot 2019 contingent

June 05, 2019 09:40am

Wesley Ward’s found a niche taking talented young American race horses to England and winning at Royal Ascot.

Ward will look to add to his 10 Royal Ascot victories when eight 2-year-old trainees compete June 18-22. He’ll also saddle Bound for Nowhere, a 5-year-old targeting June 22’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes (G1)

“I’m bringing a better horse over there each and every year,” Ward said. “I’m getting a bigger group to start out with and getting more expensive and better-pedigreed horses to go.

“So anywhere you can go where you’ve got a little bit of an advantage, it’s like how certain human athletes develop a little quicker than others. Mine are just a little bit more in front of theirs right now.”

American jockeys Tyler Gaffalione and John Velazquez will pilot Ward’s entries.

Listed alphabetically, here’s a look at the eight 2-year-olds Ward is planning to run at Royal Ascot:

 Anna’s Fast. Ward said he’s not yet sure which race the Fast Anna filly will run during the meet. Owned by Breeze Easy LLC, she won her debut April 24 at Keeneland in a $60,000 maiden special weight race by 5 ½ lengths over Topless.

 Chili Petin. The daughter of City Zip will run either in the six-furlong Group 2 Coventry Stakes on June 18 or the five-furlong listed Windsor Castle Stakes the following day. Owned by Hat Creek Racing, she broke her maiden April 17 at Keeneland, beating Biddy Duke by 2 ¾ lengths in a $60,000 maiden special weight event.

 Foolish Humor. The Distorted Humor filly is aiming for the June 19 Windsor Castle. Owned by Andrew Farm, she beat Kit Kat Katie by 2 ¾ lengths May 2 in an $80,000 maiden special weight race at Belmont Park. Ward described both her and Chili Petin as fillies that are “starting to come on really well.”

 Karak. The daughter of Japanese-bred Karakonite is a probable for the five-furlong Norfolk Stakes (G2) on June 20. Owned by Breeze Easy LLC, she won her debut May 25 at Belmont in a $100,000 maiden special weight event by three lengths over Irish-bred No Nay Maybe.

 Kimari. The Munnings filly is targeting the five-furlong Queen Mary Stakes (G2) on June 19. Owned by Ten Broeck Farm Inc., she broke her maiden April 25 at Keeneland, romping to a 15-length victory over Halfmoon Reef in a $60,000 maiden special weight race.

 Lady Pauline. Another daughter of Munnings, this one a sibling of the Royal Ascot winner Lady Aurelia, she’s also probable for the Queen Mary. Owned by Stonestreet Stables LLC, she’s started twice, including May 1 when second in a trial at Ascot. She debuted April 6 at Keeneland in a $60,000 maiden special weight race, beating Two Dot by 9 ¾ lengths.

 Maven. The American Pharoah colt could look to be the 2015 Triple Crown winner’s first stakes hero when he runs in the Norfolk. Owned by Richard Ravin, he broke his maiden April 19 at Aqueduct, beating Lebda by a half-length in a $100,000 maiden special weight event.

 Nayibeth. The daughter of Carpe Diem is targeting the six-furlong, Group 3 Albany Stakes on June 21. Owned by Ramon Tallaj, she debuted April 17 at Keeneland with a 4 ¼-length victory over Owlette in a $60,000 maiden special weight race.


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