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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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Ami’s Flatter Finishes Strong In Commonwealth

Ivan Dalos’ Ami’s Flatter stalked the early pace, hit the lead and drew off to win Saturday’s Grade 3 Commonwealth Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths. The 4-year-old son of Flatter captured the seven furlongs over Keeneland’s fast main track in 1:21.66 for trainer Josie Carroll, just two-fifths off the track record. “He got an amazing […]

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Moquett Becomes Second Oaklawn Trainer To Surpass $1 Million In Earnings

Ron Moquett of Hot Springs became the second trainer at the Oaklawn meeting to surpass $1 million in purse earnings Thursday. The trainer’s horses have earned $1,046,525, which only trails six-time Oaklawn training champion Steve Asmussen ($1,629,695), according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. Moquett, who lives just behind Oaklawn’s half-mile pole, also ranks […]

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Whitmore Works For Southwest, Mike Smith To Ride

Whitmore will make his next start in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 15 at Oaklawn, co-owner/trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs said Monday morning. Co-owner Harry Rosenblum said later Monday morning that Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will ride Whitmore for the first time in the Southwest, a major Kentucky Derby prep race […]

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Moquett Takes Early Lead In Oaklawn’s Trainer Standings

A training double Saturday extended Ron Moquett’s lead in the Oaklawn standings. But, it’s still a long race, Moquett said Sunday morning – and one he doesn’t expect to win. “It would surprise me,” said Moquett, 44, who lives in a home adjacent to Oaklawn’s backstretch. “There’s a lot more people with a lot more […]

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Far Right To Make 2016 Debut Thursday

Multiple stakes winner Far Right, the top locally based 3-year-old last year at Oaklawn, is scheduled to make his 2016 debut in Thursday’s ninth race, a third-level allowance/optional claimer for older horses at a mile. Far Right won the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes and $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) before finishing second behind future Triple Crown […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Thinking Small Works Just Fine For Ron Moquett

One day a fellow trainer overheard Ron Moquett telling a prospective owner, “sorry I can’t take any more horses.” The flummoxed trainer pulled Moquett aside and asked him why in the world he would say no to somebody who wanted to hire him. “The trainer told me that the best horse they ever had was […]

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Pharoah, Texas Red Among 16 Nominees To Travers

Triple Crown hero American Pharoah tops a list of 16 sophomores nominated to the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on August 29 at Saratoga Race Course. Owned by Zayat Stables, American Pharoah breezed four furlongs Sunday morning at Del Mar, his first timed move since his runaway victory on August 2 in the Grade 1 […]

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Round Two: Mr. Z, Divining Rod Square Off Once Again In Indiana Derby

Post positions were drawn Wednesday for Indiana’s richest race with eight horses slated to vie for the 21st running of the Grade II $500,000-added Indiana Derby at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino Saturday, July 18. The race will be held as the ninth on the 10-race card with an estimated post time of 9:41 p.m. […]

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Starr: Derby Dollars Contest Picks For The Kentucky Derby

The Derby Dollars Contest has one more race to go, and leaderboard looks as deep and competitive as this year’s Kentucky Derby field. Here are Ellis Starr’s recommendations for making that final win/place/show bet in the Derby Dollars Contest, sponsored by West Point Thoroughbreds and 123bet.com. In the final Derby Dollars race, the 141st running of […]

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