Charlatan, Nadal To Target Arkansas Derby; Baffert Will Back Off With Authentic

Top 3-year-olds in the barn of Bob Baffert now have their marching orders, the Hall of Fame trainer told NBC Sports on Wednesday. The four contenders will all be trying to make it to the first Saturday in September, the date of the rescheduled Kentucky Derby. This weekend, Thousand Words (Pioneerof The Nile) will ship […]

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Channing Hill Grateful For Purple Martin Mount On ‘Freaky’ Kimari

It’s been a slow Oaklawn meet for jockey Channing Hill, with top mounts like multiple Arkansas-bred stakes winner Hoonani Road losing a step and stakes-placed sprinter Manny Wah winless in two starts. Both horses are trained by Hill’s father-in-law, Wayne Catalano. But Hill scored a riding double last Saturday, highlighted by a 1 ¾-length triumph […]

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‘Completely Brad’s Decision’: Wells Bayou May Target Re-Scheduled Arkansas Derby

Wells Bayou returned to the work tab for the first time since winning the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) March 21 at Fair Grounds, covering a half-mile in :49.80 Monday morning at Oaklawn. The track was rated good. Under normal circumstances, Wells Bayou would make his next start in the Kentucky Derby, traditionally run the […]

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Baffert Ships Thousand Words East For Oaklawn Stakes

Trainer Bob Baffert will send 3-year-old colt Thousand Words to Hot Springs this week for Saturday’s listed Oaklawn Stakes, reports drf.com. The son of Pioneerof the Nile will be vying for one of three slots on the line for the G1 Arkansas Derby, rescheduled for May 2 in the wake of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic; […]

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‘He Loves His Job’: Triple Moves Jockey Martin Garcia Closer To Top Of Oaklawn Standings

A triple Saturday pushed Martin Garcia into second in the rider standings after 42 days of the scheduled 57-day season at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark. Garcia won the seventh race aboard Cardamon ($20.40) for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, the eighth race aboard Finnick the Fierce ($14.40) for trainer Rey Hernandez and the […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: From Mixed Martial Arts To Horse Racing 101

Theirs may be the only love story that begins with a conversation about Husqvarna chain saws and Thoroughbred horse racing. Chel-c Bailey and David Kembrey met almost by accident. Each was in Las Vegas for a different reason; Bailey was living there and trying to make a go as a professional MMA fighter, and the […]

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Kimari’s Late Charge Gives Wesley Ward, Channing Hill Purple Martin Win At Oaklawn

Ten Broeck Farm Inc.’s Kimari came flying home late and got up in the final strides to win Saturday’s $100,000 Purple Martin Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths over 7-5 favorite Frank’s Rockette at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark. Kimari raced in sixth as Edgeway set the early pace through early fractions of :21 3/5 and […]

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Back From Dubai, Killybegs Captain Has Oaklawn’s Count Fleet Sprint On Radar

Curragh Stables’ Killybegs Captain worked a sharp half-mile in 47.96 Saturday on the dirt training track at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., and trainer John Terranova said the graded-stakes winner is under consideration for the Grade 3, $350,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap, a six-furlong sprint for 4-year-olds and up slated for April 18 at Oaklawn Park. “We […]

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Larry Jones Tuning Up Street Band For Apple Blossom Engagement

Millionaire Grade 1 winner Street Band is scheduled to work Monday or Tuesday in advance of a scheduled start April 18 in the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) for older fillies and mares at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark., trainer Larry Jones said Saturday morning. Street Band will be breezing for the first time since […]

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