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Ready Race earns first win at Churchill Downs

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New racer/fixer-quick Ready Made Racing won his first race and gave Will Walden his first win as a coach when she was a filly. Dazzling Dominica She won her second start by five furlongs in the special weight division on May 13 Churchill Downs.

Ready Made Racing was created for 2-year-olds on the racetrack rather than the cuts. The concept is the brainchild of Walden and Frank Taylor, with Taylor Made Farm, who secured investors to support the project. Walden and Taylor saw an opportunity with writing the first races at the Kentucky Tracks for horses that were sold or bought back for $45,000 or less at their most recent sale.

the win Ghostzapper The filly, known in the barn simply as Dominika, was purchased for $30,000 in the 2021 Keeneland September Yearling Sale from a Blandford Stud consignment. It is one of 10 events to be campaigned by Ready Made Racing.

Dazzlingdominika debuted on April 29 on the turf in kenland A bump at the break cost her the ability to get into position early and she finished seventh. Walden said getting this experience was the main goal of her first start.

“We wanted to give her an education because we didn’t want her to be in good shape and then get beaten because she had no experience,” he said. “We are very proud of the way she ran today. The team spent a lot of time with her.”

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On Friday at Churchill Downs, Dazzling Dominica led by Gerardo Corrales quickly broke out over the top. Soon it was on her head ski slope who drove through the turn, but Dazzlingdominika regained control of the top of the stretch and held on valiantly for the win. The last time was: 58.73 on a highway. I got 52,720 dollars.

This first victory for Team Ready Made Racing is especially remarkable because of how far their members have come in drug recovery. Walden, exercise rider Tyler Maxwell, and groom Mike Lowrey all met while the residents of Shepherd’s House in Lexington, a residential recovery program. Walden, the son of WinStar Farm president, CEO, and racing director Elliott Walden, already knew firsthand the healing potential that working with horses could provide, so he encouraged Maxwell and Lowrey to participate in a pilot equestrian training program started by Taylor Made Farm in March 2021.

After the three brothers graduated in recovery from Shepherd’s House last fall, they went to the Winding Oaks Training Center near Ocala to shoot Ready Made Racing. They are joined at Ocala by Juan Ramos and Robert Osborne.

Photo: Coady Photography

Will Walden

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“They left their families and support groups in Kentucky and went to Ocala for the winter because they believed in the dream,” Walden said. “They have come a long way and have been through hell, so enjoying a piece of heaven today is rewarding.

“You know, Tyler and Mike have never done this before and we didn’t win. They didn’t have that experience where you kept trying because eventually you’d get there. But they kept working hard and showing up in the fold at 4:30 every morning. I’m so proud. with the entire team.”

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