A year ago, Long Range Toddy was among the most prominent 3-year-olds on the grounds at Oaklawn after winning the $400,000 Springboard Mile at 2 and finishing second in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes, the first of four Kentucky Derby points races at the Hot Springs, Ark., track.
Long Range Toddy is back at Oaklawn with a new trainer and on the comeback trail after recording his first workout of the season Sunday morning. The Take Charge Indy colt went 3 furlongs in :38.40 for breeder/owner Willis Horton of Marshall, Ark., and Dallas Stewart, the Fair Grounds-based trainer who was in Hot Springs last week to check on his Oaklawn division.
Long Range Toddy, previously with Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, hasn't started since finishing seventh in the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) Sept. 29 at Remington Park. There's no target date for Long Range Toddy's comeback race, Stewart said Sunday afternoon.
“I've got to do my job and see what happens,” Stewart said. “Take our time with him and we'll see.”
Long Range Toddy recorded his biggest career victory to date in the first division of the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) last March at Oaklawn. He also ran sixth in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn and 16th in the Kentucky Derby.
Stewart said he reunited with Horton approximately a month ago. They teamed to win the Kentucky Oaks (G1) – the nation's biggest race for 3-year-old fillies – in 2006 with Lemons Forever. Their first starter at the 2020 Oaklawn meeting, Awe Emma, ran fifth in her allowance comeback race last Friday.
“I'm all for it,” Stewart said of training again for Horton.
Awe Emma had also previously been with Asmussen. Horton, in partnership, has raced horses at the meeting with the perennial Oaklawn training champion, including Bankit, runner-up in the second division of the $100,000 Fifth Season Stakes Jan. 25.
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