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Whitmore Threepeats In Hot Springs Stakes

Heavy favorite Whitmore, making his first start since a runner-up performance in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) last November, came from off the pace to win his third straight $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes Saturday before a crowd of 16,000 at Oaklawn Park. With his regular pilot Ricardo Santana Jr. in the irons, Whitmore was reluctant […]

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Whitmore Pleasing Moquett In Final Preparations For 2019 Debut

Whitmore completed major preparations for his scheduled 2019 debut in the $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes for older sprinters March 9 with a half-mile bullet workout just after the track opened Saturday morning at Oaklawn for co-owner/trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs. Whitmore, Oaklawn’s top older sprinter the last two years, covered the distance over a […]

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Oklahoma Star Welder ‘At The Top Of His Game,’ To Try Hot Springs Stakes

Welder has been nearly unbeatable in Oklahoma and now he will begin trying to build his resume in Arkansas with a workout Sunday morning at Oaklawn. If all goes well, trainer Theresa Sue Luneack said Welder will return to Oaklawn for the $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes for older sprinters March 9, which would mark just […]

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Breeders’ Cup Runner-Up Whitmore ‘Very Happy’ To Get Back To Work At Oaklawn

Whitmore is maybe two weeks away from his first work of the year, with the $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes March 9 at Oaklawn being targeted as the 6-year-old gelding’s comeback spot, co-owner/trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs said Friday morning. Freshened in Kentucky following a runner-up finish in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) […]

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Trainer Tom Howard Passes At Age 70 Due To Cancer Complications

Trainer Tom Howard, best known for developing multiple stakes-winning sprinter Ivan Fallunovalot, died from complications of cancer Saturday night at his Hot Springs home. He was 70. Howard was diagnosed with liver cancer earlier this year and died just hours after Ivan Fallunovalot, a former claimer owned by longtime client Lewis Mathews, finished third in Oaklawn’s $125,000 […]

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Whitmore Makes 2018 Debut A Winning One In Hot Springs Stakes

Post-time favorite Whitmore, making his first start since the Breeders’ Cup Sprint last November, proved his class by wearing down the early leader late to capture his second straight $125,000 Hot Springs Stakes for owners Southern Springs Stables, Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners LLC. “You never know exactly how fit you have them […]

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Whitmore ‘Did It The Right’ Way In Hot Springs, Aims At Count Fleet

Whitmore exited “crazy good” from his powerful six-length victory in his sprint stakes debut, the $125,000 Hot Springs for older horses Saturday at Oaklawn, co-owner/trainer Ron Moquett said Sunday morning. Remaining perfect in five career sprint starts, Whitmore ran 6 furlongs over a fast track in 1:08.72 under Ricardo Santana Jr., the third-quickest time in […]

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Whitmore Impresses With Sprint Stakes Win At Oaklawn

Last year’s Triple Crown race hopeful Whitmore stamped himself as this year’s top sprinter at Oaklawn Park with an impressive six length victory in Saturday’s $125,000 Hot Springs Stakes, the co-feature on the 9-race card. Whitmore, who was second or third in all three of Oaklawn’s 2016 Triple Crown race preps, allowed the pace to […]

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