Southwest Stakes

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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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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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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