Southwest Stakes

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 “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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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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Hofmans initiates transfer of J P’s Gusto to Petalino

Some trainers will do anything to have a Derby contender in their barn. David Hofmans is apparently not one of them. After expressing discontent regarding the decision to run J P’s Gusto in the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn instead of his prefered San Vicente Stakes, trainer David Hofmans has initiated the transfer of two John […]

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J P’s Gusto switches from San Vicente to Southwest; Turbulent Descent headed for Las Virgenes

J P’s Gusto, who was originally pointed towards the San Vicente at Santa Anita, will now be running next in the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park. In this weekend’s Las Virgenes, the Mike Pupye trained Turbulent Descent will be the one to beat after recently winning the Santa Ynez Stakes on the same Santa Anita […]

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PRESS RELEASE Two 3-year-old Thoroughbreds considered major contenders for the 136th running of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) were among a group of Derby hopefuls that arrived on Tuesday, April 13 at Churchill Downs.   Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s reigning 2-year-old champion and Rebel Stakes […]

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