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The crowd at Oaklawn for the Rebel Stakes card
Non-Derby Wagering Record Set On Rebel Day; Oaklawn Handled $10.7 Million

Total pari-mutuel wagering handle on Saturday’s races at Oaklawn was a record for March and a non-Arkansas Derby Day, Bobby Geiger, the track’s director of gaming and wagering, said Thursday morning. Oaklawn handled $10,752,313.15 –  $8,544,041.15 was bet off track – on the 11-race card that featured three stakes, including the $900,000 Rebel (G2), a […]

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Frank Mirahmadi
Colorful Race Caller Mirahmadi Grateful For His ‘Bonus Time’

Frank Mirahmadi first drew national media attention when he got the job calling races at Oaklawn Park in 2012. The enigmatic man with a penchant for frighteningly accurate impersonations was a big hit with the locals, an enthusiastic bunch of racing fans. When Mirahmadi turned away from them in 2015 to try for his “dream […]

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Jockey Chris Landeros celebrates the 12-1 win aboard Streamline in the G2 Azeri
‘Special’ Azeri Winner Streamline Will Point For Apple Blossom

Streamline will be pointed for the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) for older fillies and mares April 14 at Oaklawn, trainer Brian Williamson said Sunday morning. The five-year-old mare provided Williamson his biggest career victory with a one-length decision over Eskenformoney in Saturday’s $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) at 1 1/16 miles. The Azeri is the […]

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Malagacy wins the Rebel Stakes over Sonneteer, far right, and Untrapped, one from right. Petrov, the gray visible on the outside of Malagacy, finished fourth.
Malagacy ‘Just Great’ After Rebel Win, Pointed To Arkansas Derby

U.S. Sumaya Stable’s undefeated Malagacy was doing great the morning after his mild upset in Saturday’s $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) on Saturday as he was walked around the barn before boarding an afternoon flight back to trainer Todd Pletcher’s South Florida base at Palm Beach Downs. “He came out of his race just great,” said […]

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Malagacy wins the Rebel in his two-turn and stakes debut for trainer Todd Pletcher
Pletcher Scores Again At Oaklawn: Malagacy Announces His Presence In The Rebel

Trainer Todd Pletcher shipped One Liner up to Oaklawn Park to win the G3 Southwest Stakes in February, and in March the conditioner was again successful with a lightly raced colt as Sumaya U.S. Stable’s Malagacy found his way to the wire first in this Saturday’s G2 Rebel Stakes. A sophomore son of Shackleford, the […]

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Mor Spirit and Mike Smith take the Essex
‘Big Money Mike’ Cashes With Mor Spirit In Essex Handicap

Michael Lund Peterson’s Mor Spirit was the more than two-length victor of Saturday’s $250,000 Essex Handicap at Oaklawn Park, piloted to the winner’s circle by none other than Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith. Trained by fellow Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, the heavily favored 4-year-old son of Eskendereya covered 1 1/16 miles on the […]

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Jockey Chris Landeros celebrates the 12-1 win aboard Streamline in the G2 Azeri
Streamline Speeds Away With Surprise Azeri Victory

Nancy A. Vanier and William Cartwright’s Streamline was the surprise winner of Saturday’s Grade 2 Azeri Stakes, crossing the wire about a length in front at odds of 12-1 on the tote board. The 5-year-old daughter of Straight Line was near the lead throughout under Chris Landeros, and completed the 1 1/16-mile distance over Oaklawn […]

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Unbeaten Malagacy, stepping into graded stakes company for the first time in Saturday's Rebel, gallops over the Oaklawn surface for trainer Todd Pletcher.
Malagacy ‘A Pleasant Surprise’ For Pletcher; Rebel Entrant Has Won Two Starts By 22 Lengths

After two wins at Gulfstream Park by a combined 22 lengths, Malagacy was pinned with the rising star tag in Todd Pletcher’s barn full of Triple Crown hopefuls. Entering the G2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, not even the chestnut colt’s seven-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer knows how good he may be. “He’s been a […]

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Eskenformoney feeling good during training hours at Oaklawn Park
Eskenformoney, Madefromlucky Lead Pletcher Charge In Azeri, Essex

Stonestreet Stables’ homebred Terra Promessa has never tasted defeated in five starts at Oaklawn, including two stakes victories this season, and she enters Saturday’s $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) as the prohibitive 3-5 favorite. Eskenformoney intends to knock that filly right off her pedestal. “She tries hard every time,” said trainer Todd Pletcher, who sent her from […]

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American Anthem gets a feel for the track at Oaklawn Park - he is the morning-line favorite for Saturday's G2 Rebel Stakes
American Anthem Bids To Give Baffert Fourth Consecutive Victory In Rebel Stakes

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert bids for his fourth consecutive victory and seventh in the last eight years in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds Saturday at Oaklawn. Probable post time for the Rebel, the 10th of 11 races, is 6:06 p.m. (Central). Racing begins at 1:05 p.m., with the infield open for […]

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