Whitmore Threepeats In Hot Springs Stakes

Heavy favorite Whitmore, making his first start since a runner-up performance in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) last November, came from off the pace to win his third straight $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes Saturday before a crowd of 16,000 at Oaklawn Park. With his regular pilot Ricardo Santana Jr. in the irons, Whitmore was reluctant […]

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‘Best For The Horse’: Stakes Winner Frosted Ice Delaying 2019 Debut

After conferring with breeder/owner Catherine Adams Hutt, trainer Ron Moquett said Saturday morning that Frosted Ice will not make his 3-year-old debut in the $1 million Rebel Stakes (G2) March 16 at Oaklawn. Frosted Ice worked a half-mile in :48.60 Friday morning – his third published work this year at Oaklawn – but Moquett said […]

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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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Rebel Shippers: Prat To Ride Galilean Over Maiden Winner Omaha Beach

Jockey agent Derek Lawson told drf.com that Flavien Prat has elected to ride stakes-winner Galilean in the March 16 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn, rather than talented maiden winner Omaha Beach. Both sophomores plan to ship to Arkansas from their Southern California bases, hoping to return home with the winner’s share of 50 points on the Road […]

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Amy’s Challenge Posts Stakes-Record Performance In Spring Fever

Novogratz Racing Stables’ Amy’s Challenge easily secured her third Oaklawn stakes victory with a stakes-record performance in Saturday’s $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes before a crowd of 17,000. Ridden by Alex Canchari, Amy’s Challenge broke sharp, but showed a new dimension by tracking closely in second place behind Shanghai Tariff through an opening quarter mile in […]

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Diodoro ‘Not Settling For Mediocrity’ At Oaklawn Park

Trainer Robertino Diodoro saddled four winners Friday at Oaklawn Park, including three for leading owner M and M Racing (Mike and Mickala Sisk). Diodoro won the second race with favored It Is Dejavu ($2.60), fourth race with favored Powerful Thirst ($6.60), fifth race with favored Fault Line ($3) and the ninth race with favored Industrialist […]

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Whitmore Pleasing Moquett In Final Preparations For 2019 Debut

Whitmore completed major preparations for his scheduled 2019 debut in the $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes for older sprinters March 9 with a half-mile bullet workout just after the track opened Saturday morning at Oaklawn for co-owner/trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs. Whitmore, Oaklawn’s top older sprinter the last two years, covered the distance over a […]

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Arkansas Commission Suspends Trainer Six Months For Equine Neglect

A report on the Arkansas Racing Commission’s “whistleblower hotline” has led to a six-month suspension of Tina Marie Nicks’ training license for equine neglect. On Feb. 16, the hotline received notice that seven horses trained by Nicks and located at James Lovett’s off-track training facility were “in unkept stalls and that the horses were underfed […]

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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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