Southwest Stakes

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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Super Ninety Nine cruises home in Southwest Stakes

Heavily-favored Super Ninety Nine took the lead from the start and never looked back, cruising to an 11 1/4-length victory in the $300,000 G3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park. A late afternoon rainstorm turned the track to a sea of slop, but that didn’t bother the Bob Baffert-trained Super Ninety Nine, who relished the off […]

Continue reading Weekend Stakes: Where to Watch

In part due to special holiday racing on Monday, Presidents’ Day, the graded stakes docket is chock-a-block from coast to coast. Beginning 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 lbs. The daughter of Mr. Greeley […]

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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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Baffert: If I can just get them to split the Rebel…

Trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Rafael Bejarano swept both divisions of the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes, the first of three major Derby preps hosted at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, AR. With over 20 entries into this year’s Southwest, the race was split into two divisions, the first won by Castaway (Street Sense) in an impressive […]

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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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