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Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:43 am

McCraken Resumes Galloping, Blue Grass Still the Target

Janis Whitham's unbeaten homebred McCraken has resumed galloping at Palm Meadows Training Center the past few days and remains on track to start in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland April 8 after emerging from a half-mile workout on Feb. 27 with a slight strain to his left front ankle. ... the-target

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Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:57 pm

McCraken Stretches Out in Keeneland Work

With trainer Ian Wilkes looking to put more of a bottom into undefeated 3-year-old McCraken, the Ghostzapper colt breezed six furlongs in 1:13 2/5 at Keeneland the morning of March 27. ... eland-work
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Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:21 pm

McCraken Faces Short Field in Matt Winn at Churchill

McCraken has scared off all but five foes for the $100,000 Matt Winn Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds at Churchill Downs June 17. Janis Whitham's homebred son of Ghostzapper will carry a high weight of 123 pounds in the 1 1/16-mile event, giving five pounds to each of his rivals. ... -churchill

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Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:56 am

McCraken Back to His Old Self in Matt Winn

Ian Wilkes hasn't lost faith.

He still believes that when the dust storm that is this year's 3-year-old male division clears, Janis Whitham's homebred McCraken will convince the masses of his talents. ... -matt-winn
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Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:28 am

Haskell Likely Next for McCraken

Having gotten his form back on track in his most recent start, getting over the top-level hump is next on the agenda for Janis Whitham's homebred McCraken. ... r-mccraken
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Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:06 am

McCraken Will Shoot for Clark Handicap

Ghostzapper colt had his first published work Nov. 7 since the Fayette Stakes. ... k-handicap

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Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:42 pm

McCraken withdrawn from consideration in Clark: ... ideration/
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Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:25 am

McCraken Stretching Out Again in Cornhusker Handicap

Trainer Ian Wilkes believes he knows where McCraken's wheelhouse lies.

He knows what race conditions are needed to get the best out of the multiple graded stakes-winning son of Ghostzapper , and he has identified the areas the 4-year-old needs to improve upon if the endgame is a Breeders' Cup victory beneath the Twin Spires this November. ... r-handicap
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Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:32 am

I remember watching his replays before the derby. He doesn't like being knocked around. To win, he'll need and
outside post and a stalking position. Don't think distance is a problem at all
No one has ever bet enough on a winning horse.
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Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:54 pm

Third. Closed well enough into a slowish pace.
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Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:56 pm

McCraken Retired to Airdrie
Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC’s MGSW McCraken (Ghostzapper-Ivory Empress, by Seeking the Gold) has been retired from racing and will stand at Airdrie Stud in 2019, it was announced Tuesday. The ‘TDN Rising Star’ retires with overall earnings of $869,728 and a record of 6-1-3 from 14 lifetime starts.

A Janis Whitham homebred trained by Ian Wilkes, McCraken was undefeated in three starts as a juvenile, including victories in the GII Kentucky Jockey Club S. and Street Sense S. at Churchill Downs. He kicked off his 3-year-old campaign in 2017 with a score in the GIII Sam F. Davis S. and, after missing the GII Tampa Bay Derby with a minor setback, he closed to finish third in the GII Toyota Blue Grass S. at Keeneland and was a troubled eighth in the GI Kentucky Derby. He bounced out of that effort with a score in the GIII Matt Winn S. at Churchill, which he used as a springboard to a narrow runner-up finish behind Girvin (Tale of Ekati) in a thrilling renewal of the GI Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

Seventh in the GI Travers S. and third in Keeneland’s GIII Fayette S. to round out his sophomore season, McCraken won once from four starts as a 4-year-old in 2018 and added a third-place finish in the GIII Prairie Meadows Cornhusker H. He was last seen finishing sixth over a rain-drenched track in the GI Whitney S. at Saratoga Aug. 4. ... to-airdrie
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Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:28 pm

Being by Ghostzapper and looking to have the world at his feet as a two year old, I was hoping his career would have gone a little differently. Oh well, hopefully he will be well received as a stallion.
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Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:37 am

Me too. Liked the horse, but always expected a bit more. Seems to me he was on the small side, perhaps that is why he didn’t like getting smacked around.
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Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:03 am

He came so close to getting that G1... but I think Airdrie is a very good fit for him.
A filly named Ruffian...

Eine Stute namens Danedream...

Une pouliche se nommant Trêve...

Kincsem nevű kanca...

And a Queen named Beholder
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