Southwest Stakes

The Xpressbet Weekend Bankroll: Derby Stakes Ramping Up

This long holiday weekend represents the final pair of Kentucky Derby prep races with ten points to the winner. After Monday’s Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park, the point values ramp up to 50, starting with the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park Feb. 21. The Southwest features a deep field of 12, including the […]

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Smarty Jones Top Finishers Expected To Line Up For Southwest

Oaklawn Racing Secretary Pat Pope listed nine early probables Saturday morning for the $300,000 (G3) Southwest Stakes Feb. 16, Presidents Day. The 1 1/16-mile Southwest is the second major local major prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11. Pope said Far Right, Bayerd, Mr. Z and Private Prospect, the 1-2-3-4 finishers, respectively, […]

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Oaklawn: Far Right Aiming for Southwest; I Spent It Working Toward Comeback

Far Right will make his next start in the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 16 at Oaklawn, trainer Ron Moquett said Saturday morning. The trainer also added that Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will again ride the 3-year-old son of Notional, who scored a 1 ¾-length victory in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. […]

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$750,000 Rebel Leads to Record 2015 Oaklawn Park Stakes Schedule

One year after increasing the purses of 19 stakes races, Oaklawn has planned the richest stakes schedule in track history for 2015. Chief among the changes are a $150,000 bump to the Rebel Stakes (G2), the last local prep before $1 million Arkansas Derby, which will now carry a purse of $750,000. Overall, Oaklawn will […]

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Tapiture Sharp in Oaklawn Drill, ‘Still on Target’ for Rebel

Southwest Stakes (G3) winner Tapiture got back to serious work Sunday morning as he prepares to make his next stop along the Triple Crown trail in the $600,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 15, the final local prep before the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 12. The Tapit colt breezed five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 […]

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Bloodlines: Winners Keep Coming for Tapit

The Gainesway Farm stallion Tapit is one of the best stallions in the world, and he didn’t need a lot more good news after the positive performance of his son Tapiture in winning the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on President’s Day.  But the handsome gray had a pair of important winners over […]

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TCI: Don’t Overlook Allowance Races on Road to the Derby

The guys at TCI briefly recap the Southwest Stakes and how it affected the TCI Top 10, and then turn their full attention to this Saturday’s all-important Fountain of Youth Stakes and Risen Star Stakes to opine on what to watch for. But there is another key 3yo race Saturday that could prove to be […]

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Lukas Hopes Derby Trail Goes Through Oaklawn for Strong Mandate

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has had a lot of luck preparing his young horses at Oaklawn for Triple Crown race success dating back to 1985 when Tank’s Prospect won the Arkansas Derby and then the Preakness Stakes. In 1996, the Lukas-trained Grindstone used a second in the Arkansas Derby as a launching […]

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TCI: Identifying One-Turn Horses on the Triple Crown Trail

Jon & Joel recap recent key races in the 3-year-old division, including last week’s Robert Lewis Stakes, and update the TCI Top 10. They also look forward to Monday’s Southwest Stakes and discuss what to expect from the top contenders.

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Trainers Get Creative With Southwest Contenders Amidst Winter Weather at Oaklawn

Oaklawn didn’t open its track Thursday morning for training in order to have it in tip top shape for racing, but that didn’t stop trainers Steve Asmussen and Chris Hartman from getting in final workouts for their Southwest hopefuls, who sent them out to work between the first and second races. Asmussen’s Kentucky Jockey Club […]

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