Southwest Stakes

Texas Bling, Brown Almighty work toward G3 Southwest

Smarty Jones runner-up Texas Bling completed his final major preparations for the Feb. 18, $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Saturday morning with an easy five-furlong breeze in 1:02 3/5 under jockey Cliff Berry. The Southwest, the second in Oaklawn’s series leading to the April 13 $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), is the feature for the special […]

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Oaklawn raises purses for 13 stakes, lengthens Southwest

Oaklawn has increased purses on 13 of its 32 stakes planned in 2013, including a majority of its 3-year-old stakes races. Overall, the track has raised stakes purses by nearly $400,000 to $5.7 million, the richest program in its history. There will be more money and points available to Kentucky Derby (G1) hopefuls at Oaklawn in […]

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No intentional manipulation of pools found in Southwest wager investigation

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Monday, March 5, 2012) – A nearly two-week investigation, which began even before the horses left the gate for the first division of the Feb. 20 Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn has ended with all parties agreeing that there was no wrong doing. The investigation was launched as soon a $100,000 show […]

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Castaway works five in first work after Southwest win

Castaway (Street Sense) got back into training after winning the first of two Southwest Stakes heats run last week at Oaklawn. Jockey Martin Garcia gudied the Derby hopeful to a five furlong workout in 1:01 1/5, the 25th fastest of 48 at that distance on the maintrack.

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Secret Circle gives Baffert a Southwest sweep

Secret Circle charged home to win the second division of the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park by a half-length over Scatman, giving trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Rafael Bejarano a sweep of both divisions of the stakes. Adirondack King finished third. Secret Circle, a 3-year-old son of Eddington out of Ragtime Hope, is […]

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Castaway a runaway winner of the 1st division of Southwest

Castaway drew off to win the first division of the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park by four lengths over Jake Mo. Reckless Jerry ran third. Castaway, a 3-year-old colt by Street Sense, is trained by Bob Baffert for Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith, and was ridden by Rafael Bejarano. Running […]

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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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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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