Southwest Stakes

Southwest Stakes split into two divisions

The Southwest Stakes, Oaklawn Park’s first major prep for three-year-olds, has been split into two divisions after 21 horses were entered Saturday. Each race will be a Grade 3 worth $250,000, according to Daily Racing Form. Longview Drive and Junebugred highlight the first division, which goes as the 8th race; Secret Circle leads the second […]

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Toby Keith eyes Kentucky Derby with Reckless Jerry

Country music superstar Toby Keith, who races under the stable name Dream Walkin’ Farms, has Reckless Jerry in Monday’s Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park, and is hoping he has a shot on the elusive Kentucky Derby trail, writes Richard Linihan in Tulsa World. Reckless Jerry is a son of Cactus Ridge, a stakes […]

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Twinspires.com Weekend Stakes: Where To Watch

In part due to special holiday racing on Monday, Presidents’ Day, there is a passel of graded stakes to be seen this weekend from coast to coast. Begin at Laurel Park on Saturday with the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie, where under handicap conditions, Nicole H is ceding her seven opponents anywhere from two to 11 […]

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Oaklawn: Southwest Stakes could be split into two divisions

Monday’s Southwest Stakes has attracted so much interest, the Kentucky Derby prep may be split into two divisions, Oaklawn Park officials tell the Daily Racing Form.  So far, 21 probables are lined up for the President’s Day one-mile race, including Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Secret Circle, who was among four California shippers to arrive […]

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Apprehender, No Spin tune up for Southwest at Oaklawn

Dream Farm LLC’s Apprehender worked a half-mile in :51 at Oaklawn Park on Saturday in preparation for the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes on Feb. 20, according to Brisnet.com. “If the weather comes like they’re calling for, I needed to get this work in today,” trainer Ingrid Mason explained. “He doesn’t need much. That’s why it’s […]

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Secret Circle may try Southwest at Oaklawn

Trainer Bob Baffert said he is considering the $250,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 20 for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Secret Circle, reports the Daily Racing Form. In his most recent start, Secret Circle was runner-up to Out of Bounds in the Sham Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 7. “He was […]

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Archarcharch holds off J P’s Gusto in Southwest

Archarcharch outlasted J P’s Gusto in the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn to pull the 14-1 upset in the first graded prep race at the Hot Springs, Arkansas track.

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West: I expect another outstanding prospect to emerge from Southwest Stakes

Gary West is high on Elite Alex both in the Paulick Derby Index and his recent column handicapping the Southwest Stakes. “His trainer, Tim Ritchey, said Elite Alex probably should have won by 10. Having watched the race several times, I’m inclined to think the combination of the troubled start and the wide trip probably […]

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Twinspires.com Weekend Stakes: Where To Watch

As impressive as Brethren and Anthony’s Cross were last weekend, they’re on the back burner for now while we turn our attentions toward this week’s Derby preps and the emergence of more candidates hoping for one of those coveted slots in the Kentucky Derby starting gate. On Saturday, we’ll see the Grade 2 Risen Star […]

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PDI #17 J P’s Gusto, Elite Alex work for Southwest at Oaklawn

J P’s Gusto, under new trainer Joe Petalino, breezed six furlongs in 1:15.60 this morning at Oaklawn. Elite Alex, who also looks to run in next Monday’s Southwest Stakes, breezed seven furlongs in 1:27 with Calvin Borel aboard.

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