Oaklawn

Baffert-Trained Mourinho Cruises To Easy Smarty Jones Victory

Tap Daddy was sent after the heavy favorite Mourinho out of the starting gate, but the Bob Baffert trainee beat his four rivals to the first turn by a length. For owner Phoenix Thoroughbreds, the 3-year-old son of Super Saver led throughout Monday’s Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park, cruising under the wire an easy […]

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Sonneteer ‘Earning His Way’ Into Oaklawn’s Razorback Handicap

Hours after Sonneteer’s breakthrough victory in the $125,000 Fifth Season Stakes for older horses Friday at Oaklawn, trainer Keith Desormeaux was already plotting his next move. That move is a return trip to Arkansas. The Southern California-based Sonneteer won for the second time in 18 lifetime starts, overhauling Futile on the outside in deep stretch to win […]

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Baffert-Trained Mourinho Favored For Monday’s Smarty Jones Stakes

Phoenix Thoroughbred III’s Mourinho is the 3-2 program favorite for Monday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes, Oaklawn’s first of four major preps for the Kentucky Derby and beyond. The Smarty Jones will offer 17 points to the top four finishers (10-4-2-1) toward starting eligibility for the Kentucky Derby. The 1-mile Smarty Jones not only attracted the California-based Mourinho, […]

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Front-Running Farrell Scores In 2018 Debut At Oaklawn

Coffeepot Stables’ Farrell began her 4-year-old season just like she ended her 3-year-old campaign by winning a stakes. Using her preferred front-running style, Farrell held off 2017 Fantasy Stakes winner Ever So Clever to prevail by three-quarters of a length in Saturday’s $125,000 Pippin Stakes before a crowd of 15,500. Breaking from post 2 under regular rider […]

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Sonneteer Earns Black Type In Opening Day Fifth Season Stakes

Calumet Farm’s Sonneteer, who almost stole the show in the 2017 Rebel Stakes at odds of 112-1, reaffirmed his affinity for Oaklawn by finally earning his first stakes win in the $125,000 Fifth Season Stakes before an opening day crowd of 13,500. Breaking from post 10, Sonneteer raced near the back of the field early […]

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83-Year-Old Von Hemel Pushing To Extend His Win Streak At Oaklawn Park

One constant the last four decades at Oaklawn has been trainer Don Von Hemel of Hot Springs. Actually, he’s been more like a sure bet. Von Hemel, 83, has at least one victory at every Oaklawn meeting since 1975, a lengthy streak he will try to extend with Cowboy U Know in Saturday’s first race. […]

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American Pharoah Statue To Be Unveiled At Oaklawn Park On Jan. 11

As a lasting tribute to the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, who began his historic campaign at Oaklawn, the track will unveil a life-size bronze statue of American Pharoah Thursday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. Oaklawn opens for its 114th live racing season Jan. 12 with a special 12:30 p.m. first post. Zayat Stables LLC.’s American Pharoah, trained by Hall […]

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Undefeated Amy’s Challenge To Make Sophomore Debut At Oaklawn

Unbeaten Amy’s Challenge is pointing for the $125,000 Dixie Belle Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Jan. 20 at Oaklawn, trainer Mac Robertson said Tuesday morning. Amy’s Challenge was named Canterbury Park’s “Horse of the Meet” after winning her Aug. 6 career debut by 16 ½ lengths and the $75,000 Shakopee Juvenile Stakes Sept. 16 by three-quarters of a length in her last start. The […]

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McKnight Arrives For First Season At Oaklawn After ‘Magical’ Woodbine Season

Among the high-profile training newcomers for the 2018 Oaklawn meet scheduled to begin Jan. 12 is newly minted Woodbine kingpin Norman McKnight, whose Canadian contingent arrived Saturday. McKnight is riding the wave of his first Woodbine training title, when he won five races on the Dec. 10 closing-day card to finish with 99 victories, three more than perennial […]

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Gary Stevens To Ride At Oaklawn Park In 2018

Oaklawn Park will be home to Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens and his family this winter, reports drf.com. Stevens plans to ride the opening day card at Santa Anita Park, then ship down to Arkansas. “I’m riding here at Santa Anita opening day,” he said. “I’ve got three major stakes races to ride in, so […]

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