Oaklawn

Both Rebel Winners, Improbable Expected For Arkansas Derby

The Oaklawn racing department is expecting between 10 and 12 runners for Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), including winners of the split final major local prep, the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 16. Post positions for Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) will be drawn at noon Wednesday in a public event to be […]

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Classic Empire’s Half-Brother Could Make Stakes Debut In Oaklawn Mile

A stakes-quality field will be chasing a hefty $93,000 purse in Sunday’s featured eighth race at Oaklawn Park, a conditioned allowance for older horses at a mile. The race could be a springboard to the inaugural $250,000 Oaklawn Mile May 3 for several entrants, including 3-1 program favorite Exclamation Point. Also entered are millionaire Shotgun […]

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‘He Gives You Everything’: Gray Attempt Fires Bullet Toward Arkansas Derby

The Racing Festival of the South at Oaklawn Park is highlighted by the April 13 $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles. Early Arkansas Derby probables include Galilean, Gray Attempt, Improbable, Last Judgement, Long Range Toddy, Omaha Beach, One Flew South and Six Shooter. Gray Attempt, under Stewart Elliott, recorded a […]

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Canadian Star Escape Clause Confirmed For Apple Blossom

There will be even more Canadian flavor in the $750,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., after owner/trainer Don Schnell said that multiple stakes winner Escape Clause would run in the 1 1/16-mile race April 14. Escape Clause has been a win machine in Canada and the Pacific and Mountain […]

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Wonder Gadot ‘Really Feeling Strong’ Ahead Of Apple Blossom

Queen’s Plate winner Wonder Gadot was among the first horses to work Saturday morning at Oaklawn. She ended up being the fastest, too. Breezing over a fast surface moments after the track opened under David Cohen, Wonder Gadot recorded a 5-furlong bullet (:59) in advance of a scheduled start in the $750,000 Apple Blossom Handicap […]

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Gray Attempt Back On Arkansas Derby Trail With Sprint Victory

Now that Gray Attempt’s hind-end problems appear behind him, trainer Jinks Fires of Hot Springs said Sunday morning that he’s looking ahead to the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 13 at Oaklawn. Gray Attempt is back on the Arkansas Derby trail following a front-running 3 ¼-length victory in the $125,000 Gazebo Stakes Saturday afternoon. […]

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Gray Attempt Sprints To Gazebo Victory; Arkansas Derby Next

Gray Attempt punched his Arkansas Derby ticket with a front-running 3 ¼-length victory over Hidden Ruler in the $125,000 Gazebo Stakes Saturday afternoon at Oaklawn. Cutting back to a sprint after finishing a troubled 11th in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 18, Gray Attempt controlled the pace from the start under Jon Court and […]

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Tyler Baze ‘Taking It Day By Day’ At Oaklawn Park

There was plenty of Southern California star power on display last weekend at Oaklawn, notably champion Game Winner and Grade 1 winner Improbable for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert in a split $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds. Game Winner and Improbable jetted home Tuesday, but some of that Southern California star power remained. […]

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Gray Attempt Cuts Back To Sprinting In Gazebo

After competing in Oaklawn’s first two Kentucky Derby points races, Gray Attempt and Six Shooter return to sprinting in Saturday’s $125,000 Gazebo Stakes at 6 furlongs Probable post time for the Gazebo, the ninth of 10 races, is 5:09 p.m. (Central). Doors open Saturday at 11 a.m., with first post 1:05 p.m. The infield will […]

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‘A Humbling Game’: Marine Veteran Hiles Saddles First Winner At Oaklawn

Roughly a week after kicking himself for a claim he made earlier in the meeting, trainer Jeff Hiles was celebrating his first career victory Friday morning at Oaklawn. Hiles, the son of veteran trainer Rick Hiles, won Thursday’s fourth race with Loran Holiday, a 5-year-old Argentine-bred mare he co-owns with Silver Tyme Stables (Mickey Ballew). […]

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