Essex Handicap

Rated R Superstar Nails Snapper Sinclair In Essex Photo

Crystal Racing Enterprises and Cipriano Contreras’ Rated R Superstar, claimed for $62,500 at Churchill Downs in November, jumped up to win this Saturday’s $350,000 Essex Handicap at 14-1, defeating 5-1 chance Snapper Sinclair by a head in a photo finish. The 6-year-old son of Kodiak Kowboy, ridden by Walter De La Cruz for conditioner Contreras, […]

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Weekend Lineup: Rebel Double

This weekend’s slate of racing sees Oaklawn Park take center stage in hosting two divisions of the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes as well as a salty edition of the Grade 2 Azeri Stakes. Live television coverage of both editions of the Rebel will anchor a 2 1/2-hour broadcast of “Fox Sports Saturday At the Races […]

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Oaklawn Adds $450,000 To Stakes Program; Count Fleet Now Offers $500,000 Purse

Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., is increasing the purses of five stakes and adding a stakes to the April 14 card just two weeks after announcing a significant bump to overnight purses. Four stakes – the March 16 Essex Handicap, April 14 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1), May 3 Oaklawn Mile and May 4 Oaklawn […]

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Oaklawn: Apple Blossom Among Stakes Receiving Purse Bumps; Prestigious G1 Now Worth $700,000

One of the richest and most prestigious Grade 1 races for older fillies and mares will be $100,000 richer in 2018. The Apple Blossom Handicap is one of two stakes receiving a purse increase ahead of Oaklawn’s 2018 live season along with the Essex Handicap for older male horses, which was bumped $50,000. The $700,000 […]

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‘Big Money Mike’ Cashes With Mor Spirit In Essex Handicap

Michael Lund Petersen’s Mor Spirit was the more than two-length victor of Saturday’s $250,000 Essex Handicap at Oaklawn Park, piloted to the winner’s circle by none other than Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith. Trained by fellow Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, the heavily favored 4-year-old son of Eskendereya covered 1 1/16 miles on the […]

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Weekend Lineup: Strong Rebel Lineup Stars At Oaklawn

A slightly lighter graded stakes schedule greets racing fans this Saturday, but the quality is certainly not lacking in the lone Kentucky Derby prep race on the docket Saturday. The G2 Rebel Stakes offers 50 points to the winner, and a total of 11 sophomores plan to line up in the starting gate at Oaklawn […]

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Oaklawn Increases Purses For Final Month Of 2017 Meeting

One of the richest racing seasons in the country just got richer. Oaklawn, which already has the highest purses in the country for this time of year, is increasing purses as much as $8,000 per race effective Saturday, March 18, thanks to strong business across the board and good weather. Purses for Maiden Special Weights […]

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Last To First For La Macchina In Essex Handicap

Trainer Otabek Umarov said after the race that he doesn’t look at the odds board and while others dismissed La Macchina at 11-1, he was not surprised to see his stable star win Saturday’s $100,000 Essex Handicap. “Actually,” said Umarov, “I told the jockey to just stay back a little bit because the [long race], […]

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Golden Lad Defeats Ride On Curlin In Essex

Golden Lad, winless since the Razorback Handicap (G3) last March, returned to Oaklawn from his South Florida base and was equally impressive in winning Saturday’s $100,000 Essex Handicap by 1 ¾ lengths over 4-5 favorite Ride On Curlin. Before an estimated crowd of 24,000, the winner completed the 1 1/16-mile race in 1:44 over a […]

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Oaklawn: Right to Vote Digs In for Essex Win, Apprehender Defends King Cotton Title

Coming off a stylish win in a race where he could have been bought for a $100,000 claiming price Jan. 31, B J D Thoroughbred’s Right To Vote earned his second straight victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Essex Handicap before an on-track crowd of 22,965. Ridden by 2013 leading jockey Ricardo Santana Jr., Right To Vote […]

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