‘Speed Is His Weapon’: Cupid Needs A Better Break In Arkansas Derby

According to trainer Bob Baffert, Kentucky Derby hopeful Cupid needs to to leave the starting gates a bit faster in this Saturday’s Arkansas Derby than he did in the Rebel last month. “His speed is his weapon, so he needs to get in the race early,” said Baffert. “We really got lucky last time. He can’t […]

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Updated Kentucky Derby Point Standings: Cupid Leaves His Mark

Saturday’s single race offering points toward the 2016 Kentucky Derby was Oaklawn Park’s Grade 2 Rebel Stakes. Bob Baffert’s lightly-raced sophomore Cupid took the lead early and never gave it up, drawing away in the stretch to win by 1 1/4 lengths. The gray son of Tapit earned his first 50 points toward the Kentucky […]

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California Raiders Cupid, Ralis Among 14 Entered For G2 Rebel

A full field of 14 was entered Wednesday morning for the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds Saturday at Oaklawn. Probable post time for the 1 1/16-mile Rebel, the 10th of 11 races, is 6:06 p.m. (Central). Racing begins at 1:05 p.m. and weather permitting, the infield will be open for the first time this […]

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Rebel Field Projected To Showcase 13, Entries Drawn Wednesday

Following a flurry of recent additions and subtractions, the field for the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) next Saturday at Oaklawn is coming into sharper focus. The race is the final major local prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 16. The projected field grew to 13 Saturday morning with lightly raced Cupid and […]

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Suddenbreakingnews Explodes Past Field For Southwest Victory

In an explosive last-to-first stretch run past the 14-horse field, Samuel Henderson’s Suddenbreakingnews earned 10 points toward a berth in the Kentucky Derby in Monday’s Grade 3 Southwest Stakes. The sophomore son of Mineshaft covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.14 over an Oaklawn Park surface rated good, garnering the winner’s share of the $500,000 […]

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Favored Collected Faces Dual Stakes Winner Discreetness In Southwest

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will try to collect his record-tying fifth victory in the Southwest Stakes when he sends out lightly raced Collected in the $500,000 Grade 3 event Monday at Oaklawn. Probable post time for the Southwest, the ninth of 10 races, is 5:09 p.m. (Central). Racing begins at 1:05 p.m. on […]

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Discreetness Completes Final Work For Southwest Stakes

Multiple stakes winner Discreetness worked an easy half-mile in :50 over a fast-rated surface Wednesday morning at Oaklawn, his final major move for Monday’s $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3). He breezed after the renovation break under regular rider Jon Court, the son-in-law of the colt’s trainer, Jinks Fires of Hot Springs. Fires called the work “perfect” […]

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Discreetness Fires Bullet In ‘Maintenance’ Work Toward Southwest

Multiple stakes winner Discreetness worked a bullet 5 furlongs in 1:00.40 Saturday at Oaklawn in preparation for the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds Feb. 15. The 1 1/16-mile race is the second major local prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 16. Discreetness captured Oaklawn’s first major Arkansas Derby prep – the […]

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Road To The Kentucky Derby Point Standings: Mo Tom, Discreetness Into Top 12

After an extended weekend of racing, thanks to Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, the point standings for the Kentucky Derby present a new picture with two stakes winners moving into the top 12. On Saturday, Mo Tom looked impressive for trainer Tom Amoss when he swept past the field to win the Fair Grounds’ […]

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