Oaklawn

Undefeated In 2019, Lady Apple A Potential Sleeper In Kentucky Oaks

Hall of Famer and soon-to-be 10-time Oaklawn training champion Steve Asmussen will be active on the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby cards at Churchill Downs, sending out several stakes winners from Hot Springs. In addition to first-division Rebel winner Long Range Toddy in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, Asmussen is scheduled to start Lady Apple in Friday’s […]

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Nitrous Hits The Afterburners In Oaklawn’s Bachelor Stakes

A gray horse won, just not the one everyone was expecting as Winchell Thoroughbred LLC and Stonestreet Stables LLC’s Nitrous used a powerful late kick to rally past the early leaders for the victory in Saturday’s $150,000 Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Gray Attempt, the 6-5 favorite, finished third. Ridden by leading rider Ricardo Santana […]

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Out Of Retirement, Into The Winner’s Circle: Cecil Borel ‘Needed To Do Something’

After coming out of retirement at this year’s Oaklawn meeting, trainer Cecil Borel recorded his first victory in more than 4 ½ years in an April 11 starter-allowance sprint for Arkansas-breds with K J’s Nobility. Now, Borel will be bidding for his first stakes victory in almost 10 years. Following a 7-furlong work in 1:35 […]

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O’Neill Hoping Landeskog, Fight On Complete 2019 Oaklawn Stakes Hat Trick

Doug O’Neill waited 19 years for his second stakes victory at Oaklawn. The Southern California-based trainer will have a chance at Nos. three and four at the Hot Springs, Ark., track in a span of about 19 days, with unbeaten Landeskog entered in Saturday’s $150,000 Bachelor for 3-year-olds at 6 furlongs and Fight On pointing […]

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Grade 1 Double Nets Mike Smith Jockey Of The Week Title

With two Grade 1 wins at Oaklawn last weekend, Mike Smith was voted Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for April 8-14, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. […]

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Midnight Bisou Noses Out Very Game Escape Clause In Apple Blossom

Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stable, and Allen Racing’s Midnight Bisou had to work hard as the 4-5 favorite in the stretch of Sunday’s Grade 1 Apple Blossom, fending off a determined drive from 8-1 chance Escape Clause. Under Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith, Midnight Bisou hit the wire a nose ahead of her rival […]

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Fight On Battles To Win Photo Finish In Fifth Season Stakes

C T R Stables LLC. and Steven Keh’s Fight On, a 10-1 outsider, lived up to his name with a hard fought victory by a nose over fellow longshot Casino Star in Sunday’s $150,000 Fifth Season Stakes at Oaklawn Park. He completed the 1 1/16-mile race in 1:44 3/5 over a good track. “I called […]

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Omaha Beach Will Van To Kentucky; Improbable Likely ‘Upset’ By Blinkers

Six Oaklawn-raced horses have enough points to run in the Kentucky Derby, including Omaha Beach and Improbable, the top two finishers in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1). Omaha Beach exited his one-length victory in good order, Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella said Sunday morning, adding the War Front colt, owned by Rick Porter’s […]

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Cross Country Pick 5 Returns $2,211; Registration Now Open For Belmont Stakes Challenge

Saturday’s Cross Country Pick 5, with stakes races from Aqueduct, Keeneland, and Oaklawn Park, featured a pool of $205,564 and returned $2,211.25 for the minimum 50 cent wager. The sequence started with the $200,000 Top Flight Invitational from Aqueduct, where Another Broad [$11.40] rallied from off the pace with Manny Franco aboard for owners Madaket […]

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Omaha Beach Holds Off Improbable In Arkansas Derby

Fox Hill Farm’s Omaha Beach got the jump on Improbable in the run down the backstretch under Mike Smith, then held off that rival to win Saturday’s $1-million, Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., by one length as the 8-5 favorite. Improbable, the second choice in the wagering in the […]

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