ROYAL ASCOT WINNER PLANNING TRIP TO COLONIAL DOWNS

According to the Daily Racing Form, Strike the Tiger’s upset win in the Windsor Castle Stakes at the Royal Ascot meeting in England last month has led breeder-trainer Wesley Ward to plan an ambitious stakes schedule for the California-bred which is likely to include a trip to Virginia.


Strike the Tiger, who became the first American-trained winner at Royal Ascot, has returned to Ward’s stable at Monmouth Park and is being prepared for the $50,000 Chenery Stakes over 5 1/2 furlongs on turf at Colonial Downs in Virginia on July 25.

“He’s been training all week long,” Ward said. “It’s good spacing to get him back.”

Later this year, Ward would like to start Strike the Tiger in the $200,000 Cradle Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on turf at River Downs on Sept. 7 and a stakes at Keeneland in the fall.

Prior to leaving for Royal Ascot, Strike the Tiger worked on turf at River Downs in May and twice on the main track at Keeneland in June. Ward said the decision to start Strike the Tiger at River Downs is a gesture to officials at that track.

Strike the Tiger is by Tiger Ridge out of the In Excess mare R Lucky Strike. Tiger Ridge stood at stud in Florida for several years but is now at stud in South Africa. After foaling Strike the Tiger, R Lucky Strike was bred to California stallion Tribal Rule. She produced a California-bred filly bred by Ward who resides on his Florida farm.