Ahead Of Big Weekend At Oaklawn, Industry-Wide ‘Uncertainty’ Has Crow Taking It ‘Day By Day’

Approaching a big weekend with three live contenders in graded stakes races at Oaklawn Park, bloodstock agent and racing manager Liz Crow is, of course, grateful there’s somewhere to run. Meanwhile, live racing has not resumed in one of her primary markets, Kentucky, and there aren’t any immediate plans for that to change. With changing […]

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‘Put Me In, Coach’: Carmouche Ships Down To Oaklawn After Six-Week Hiatus

Kendrick Carmouche hasn’t ridden in a competitive race since March 15 at Aqueduct Racetrack, on the last day of live racing in New York, but he has been far from idle as he looks to make a triumphant return this weekend at Oaklawn Park. “Put me in, coach. I’m tired of warming the bench,” Carmouche […]

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Northern California Kingpin Hernandez Hoping To Make Most Of Opportunity With Anneau d’Or

When Alameda County health officials shut down racing at Golden Gate Fields on April 2, they interrupted the most successful year of jockey Juan Hernandez’s career. Hernandez has ridden 91 winners from 279 mounts in 2020 – along with 58 seconds and 35 thirds. His 33.1 win percentage leads the nation, as does his 65.9 […]

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Improbable Breezes, Draws Outside 14 Post For Oaklawn Handicap

Grade 1 winner Improbable completed major preparations for the $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) for older horses at 1 1/8 miles May 2 with a five-furlong workout over a fast track Sunday morning at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark., for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. Later in the day, Improbable drew post 14 of 14 […]

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Oaklawn Handicap: Avila Won’t Chase Any More Sprints With Trophy Chaser

After 11 career starts, trainer Juan Carlos Avila said he’s figured out that Trophy Chaser’s best races are routes. The 4-year-old son of Twirling Candy will get another chance to shine around two turns in the $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) for older horses at 1 1/8 miles May 2. “I made a mistake for six […]

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British Idiom, Venetian Harbor Among 14 Fillies Entered In Friday’s Fantasy Stakes

Fourteen 3-year-old fillies, led by 2019 Eclipse champion and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner British Idiom, have been entered in Friday’s $400,000 Fantasy Stakes, a Grade 3 race going 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark., that offers 170 Kentucky Oaks points (100-40-20-10) to the top four finishers. The Fantasy was […]

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Handal Predicts Kansas Kis ‘Will Make A Lot Of Noise’ In Fantasy

Perrine Time Thoroughbreds’ Kansas Kis, who earned 20 Kentucky Oaks qualifying points for her runner-up effort in the Busher Invitational on March 7 at Aqueduct in Ozone Park, N.Y., will return to action in the Grade 3, $400,000 Fantasy slated for May 1 at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark. The 1 1/16-mile test, offering 100-40-20-10 Kentucky […]

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Long Weekend Fights Off Echo Town To Win Oaklawn’s Bachelor Stakes

BCWT Ltd’s Long Weekend extended his win streak to three in a row with his front-running victory in the $100,000 Bachelor Stakes for 3-year-olds at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark., on Saturday. Coming off a runaway victory in Oaklawn’s Gazebo Stakes March 21, Long Weekend once again shot to the lead, but this time had […]

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Mia Mischief Cruises To Carousel Stakes Victory At Oaklawn

Stonestreet Stables LLC’s Grade 1 winner Mia Mischief drew off impressively to win Saturday’s $125,000 Carousel Stakes at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark., by 4 ½ lengths and in the process gave Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen his seventh victory in the race. With regular rider Ricardo Santana Jr. in the irons, Mia Mischief […]

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