Hot Springs

‘Short Stretch’ Will Be An Advantage For Undefeated Taraz In Oaklawn’s Martha Washington

Oaklawn opens Jan. 24, but trainer Brad Cox is already targeting major local races in February for two of his most promising runners now based at Fair Grounds and a third already in Hot Springs. Cox said Friday morning that he is pointing unbeaten Taraz for the $150,000 Martha Washington Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Feb. […]

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Unbeatean At Oaklawn, Arkansas-Bred Hoonani Road ‘Full Of Himself’ Ahead Of 2020 Season

Arkansas-bred star Hoonani Road is back at Oaklawn and took his first step toward a 2020 local campaign by working a half-mile in :51.80 over a fast track Friday morning for trainer Wayne Catalano and owner Jerry Caroom of Hot Springs. Hoonani Road is unbeaten in seven career starts at Oaklawn – all against state-breds […]

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Hard-Knocking Whitmore Will Target Hot Springs Stakes For 2020 Debut

Whitmore will target a familiar spot for his 7-year-old debut – the $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes for older sprinters March 7 at Oaklawn, co-owner/trainer Ron Moquett said Sunday morning. Among the country’s most accomplished sprinters, Whitmore has won the last three runnings of the 6-furlong Hot Springs, Oaklawn’s final major prep for the $500,000 Count […]

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Mr. Misunderstood ‘Looks As Good As He Ever Has’ Ahead Of Thursday’s Old Friends Stakes

Thursday’s $250,000 Old Friends Stakes on the second of five days of the RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs is a restricted stakes — limited to horses that have not won a stakes in 2019 — but the field is worthy of the graded status that designates America’s top races. Two of the horses in the […]

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‘Versatile’ Six Shooter Cuts Back To Sprinting In Oaklawn’s Gazebo

Six Shooter will make his next start in the $125,000 Gazebo Stakes for 3-year-olds March 23 at Oaklawn, trainer Paul Holthus of Hot Springs said Friday morning. Six Shooter had been under consideration for the $1 million Rebel Stakes (G2) at 1 1/16 miles March 16, but Holthus said the Trappe Shot gelding will return […]

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Trainer John Ortiz ‘Riding The Wave’ Of Success At Oaklawn

Trainer John Ortiz said his goal was to win 15 races in 2019 at Oaklawn. He may have to adjust that figure. Ortiz scored his 10th victory of the meeting – a single-season personal best in Hot Springs – when Marvella captured Thursday’s third race under Ronald Richard. Ortiz needed only 20 racing days to […]

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Hot Springs Circles Field In Commonwealth Turf

Woodford Racing’s 3-year-old colt Hot Springs pulled away from front-running Marzo inside the final sixteenth of a mile, then held off a late run by Zero Gravity to win Saturday’s 15th running of the $100,000 Commonwealth Turf (Grade III) at Churchill Downs by 1 ½ lengths. Ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr. and trained by Hall […]

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Uncle Mo’s Hot Springs, 3-For-3 On Churchill Turf, Favored in Commonwealth

Woodford Racing’s Jefferson Cup winner Hot Springs tops a competitive field of seven 3-year-olds that were entered for Saturday’s 15th running of the $100,000 Commonwealth Turf (Grade III) at Churchill Downs. The Commonwealth, run at 1 1/16 on the Matt Winn Turf Course, is carded as Race 9 with a post time of 5:06 p.m. (all times Eastern). First post on Saturday is 1 p.m. […]

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Hartlage, Johnson Extend Win Streaks In Final Strides Of Oaklawn Meet

Trainer Gary “Red Dog” Hartlage and his longtime go-to rider, Joe Johnson, teamed for their first victory at the meet Friday, the 45th day of the 55-day season. Dirty Day ($59) got up in the final strides to break his maiden in the third race and extend the winning streaks in Hot Springs for Hartlage, Oaklawn’s co-leading trainer […]

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Trainer Tom Howard Passes At Age 70 Due To Cancer Complications

Trainer Tom Howard, best known for developing multiple stakes-winning sprinter Ivan Fallunovalot, died from complications of cancer Saturday night at his Hot Springs home. He was 70. Howard was diagnosed with liver cancer earlier this year and died just hours after Ivan Fallunovalot, a former claimer owned by longtime client Lewis Mathews, finished third in Oaklawn’s $125,000 […]

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