06/17/2014 1:42PM

Hootenanny scores for Ward in Windsor Castle Stakes


The 2-year-old colt Hootenanny gave American trainer Wesley Ward and jockey Victor Espinoza a successful start to the Royal Ascot meeting on Tuesday with an easy win in the Windsor Castle Stakes over five furlongs.

Hootenanny, the 7-2 favorite in a field of 25, won the $101,800 Windsor Castle Stakes on a straightaway course by 3 1/2 lengths over 100-1 Union Rose. Hootenanny, third in the Rollicking Stakes at Pimlico in May, was the first of six juvenile runners for Ward and Espinoza at Royal Ascot, which continues through Saturday.

Hootenanny, who races for Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor, and John Magnier, won the Windsor Castle by leading throughout.

The Windsor Castle was the final race on an action-packed six-race program at Royal Ascot that included three Group 1 races worth $636,225.

Toronado, the winner of the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood Racecourse last July, won the Queen Anne Stakes over a mile as the 4-5 favorite, finishing three-quarters of a length ahead of Verrazano, the winner of the Wood Memorial and Haskell Invitational in 2013, when trained by Todd Pletcher. Verrazano joined trainer Aidan O’Brien’s stable last winter.

Toronado races for Al Shaqab Racing and trainer Richard Hannon. The 4-year-old was second in the 2013 St. James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Kingman, the winner of the Irish 2000 Guineas last month, won Tuesday’s St. James’s Palace Stakes for 3-year-old colts over a mile by 2 1/4 lengths over Night of Thunder, the winner of the English 2000 Guineas last month. Kingman was second in the English 2000 Guineas, but the rematch was not as dramatic.

Kingman closed from the back of a field of seven to win comfortably for Juddmonte Farms and trainer John Gosden.

In Tuesday’s top sprint race, Sole Power (5-1) won the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes for the second consecutive year. Sole Power, a 7-year-old gelding, won the five-furlong race by 1 1/4 lengths over Stepper Point.

Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
It's great to see Wesley Ward succeed at the Royal Ascot meet. Mr. Ward does an amazing job with 2 year olds and has for years. Loving the sport like most of us do, it's truly awesome to see that hard work and talent, with the sportsmanship to go overseas, pays off. Well done Mr. Ward, well done!
kenny fisk More than 1 year ago
Kingman a MONSTER, albeit only 3. Love to see him take on "Dan" in the BC Turf Mile.
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
Kingman would put him away easily.
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
Not so sure. Kingman wont love the concrete they hold the BC mile on in Cali
Ann More than 1 year ago
Or the sharp turns on 7f infield turf tracks; that has been the downfall of many a Euro used to straights or one-turn miles.
Ann More than 1 year ago
Although I have to give Santa Anita a bit of a pass over the hard turf course just now, since they are in the third year of the worst drought in the history of the state out in California. I'm sure the Water Authority has better uses for its product than watering Frank Stronach's grass.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Anyone notice Verrazano is running against better horses and doing great!!! Turf mile in hisfuture at Santa Anita??? Hope so.
Nina Thomas More than 1 year ago
He ran well and with out race day medication. Go figure.
Ann More than 1 year ago
Toronado's win was easier than the margin makes it look. He came from behind and swallowed up Verrazano in a few strides and was pulling away.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
The winning Rider was Victor Espinoza but don't let Beyer know that.
Michael More than 1 year ago
it's in the first line dummy - V. Espinoza
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
The dummy would be ME! Can I pull "the earlier version of the story" bit?
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
So who rode the Colt? C'mon Steve, you pull this all the time.
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
Had doubts after the Pimlico clunker, but seemed to love the turf. As an aside the reason for the generous price in the Keeneland debut was WW ran an uncoupled entry and for some reason the other runner took most of the money.
TripleCrowncoug More than 1 year ago
um...Hootenanny is a colt.