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Sonneteer Earns Black Type In Opening Day Fifth Season Stakes

Calumet Farm’s Sonneteer, who almost stole the show in the 2017 Rebel Stakes at odds of 112-1, reaffirmed his affinity for Oaklawn by finally earning his first stakes win in the $125,000 Fifth Season Stakes before an opening day crowd of 13,500. Breaking from post 10, Sonneteer raced near the back of the field early […]

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American Pharoah Statue To Be Unveiled At Oaklawn Park On Jan. 11

As a lasting tribute to the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, who began his historic campaign at Oaklawn, the track will unveil a life-size bronze statue of American Pharoah Thursday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. Oaklawn opens for its 114th live racing season Jan. 12 with a special 12:30 p.m. first post. Zayat Stables LLC.’s American Pharoah, trained by Hall […]

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Classic Empire ‘Not Going To Make The Pennsylvania Derby’

Temperamental 3-year-old Classic Empire has officially been taken out of consideration for the Sept. 23 Pennsylvania Derby, trainer Mark Casse told drf.com on Monday. The Pioneerof the Nile colt had recently shipped from Saratoga, where he’d refused to train on several occasions, back to Casse’s farm in Ocala. It was a move that worked for […]

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Classic Empire Back On Track For Haskell; Always Dreaming, Cloud Computing Look At Jim Dandy

Though a hoof abscess denied juvenile champion Classic Empire a start in the final jewel of the Triple Crown, in which he would have likely been the favorite, the colt has been healing well and returned to jogging on the racetrack. According to drf.com, the 3-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile, winner of this year’s Arkansas […]

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Soft Tissue Injury To Keep Conquest Mo Money Out Of Woody Stephens

Tom McKenna’s Conquest Mo Money has been ruled out of the Woody Stephens at Belmont Park next weekend, according to drf.com. The 3-year-old Uncle Mo colt was originally under consideration for the Belmont Stakes, but was reassigned to the Woody Stephens with the belief that the seven-furlong distance would be more suitable to his ability. […]

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Lanerie Recalls His Kentucky Derby ‘Mine That Bird Trip’ Aboard Lookin At Lee

The No. 1 post had not produced a top three finish in the Kentucky Derby since third-place finisher Risen Star in 1988, but Lookin At Lee’s jockey, Corey Lanerie, was determined to turn a seeming huge disadvantage into a major positive. Lanerie had previously ridden in the Derby only twice, finishing 16th in 2014 and […]

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‘He’s Taking Us Everywhere’: Conquest Mo Money Records Final Preakness Prep In Iowa

Tom and Sandra McKenna’s 3-year-old Conquest Mo Money has been biding his time this Triple Crown season, as the son of Uncle Mo’s owners decided to skip the Kentucky Derby and point straight to the Preakness. The colt had a closely-timed, hard-fought campaign to earn enough points to get in to the Derby field, running […]

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Increased Handle, Record Purses Highlight 2017 Oaklawn Meet

Culminating with 62,500 fans turning out to watch champion Classic Empire win the $1 million Arkansas Derby, the 2017 Oaklawn live racing season concluded with nearly a 5% gain in total handle and another record-setting season for purses. Good weather along with large, competitive fields led to total handle of $189,534,228 in 2017 compared to […]

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Conquest Mo Money Headed To Preakness, Not Kentucky Derby

Tom and Sandra McKenna’s 3-year-old colt Conquest Mo Money will not be running in the Kentucky Derby, the couple announced in a press conference from Sunland Park on Tuesday. Though the son of Uncle Mo has 60 points on the leaderboard, he was not nominated to the Triple Crown, so to enter the Derby starting […]

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Leparoux’s Arkansas Derby Ride Earns Him Jockey Of The Week Title

After his performance in the Arkansas Derby and leading all North American jockeys by earnings, Julien Leparoux was named Jockey of the Week for April 10-16, 2017. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in […]

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