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Will The ‘Gray Horse’ Attempt Theft In Arkansas Derby?

During a brief phone interview following Wednesday’s draw for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark., Bob Baffert touched on his post position – the Hall of Fame trainer wasn’t thrilled with the rail for 8-5 program favorite Improbable – then asked about the “gray horse.” The gray horse would […]

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Gray Attempt Back On Arkansas Derby Trail With Sprint Victory

Now that Gray Attempt’s hind-end problems appear behind him, trainer Jinks Fires of Hot Springs said Sunday morning that he’s looking ahead to the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 13 at Oaklawn. Gray Attempt is back on the Arkansas Derby trail following a front-running 3 ¼-length victory in the $125,000 Gazebo Stakes Saturday afternoon. […]

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Gray Attempt Sprints To Gazebo Victory; Arkansas Derby Next

Gray Attempt punched his Arkansas Derby ticket with a front-running 3 ¼-length victory over Hidden Ruler in the $125,000 Gazebo Stakes Saturday afternoon at Oaklawn. Cutting back to a sprint after finishing a troubled 11th in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 18, Gray Attempt controlled the pace from the start under Jon Court and […]

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Super Steed, Gray Attempt Both Targeting Rebel After Bookend Finishes In Southwest

Super Steed and Gray Attempt returned to the track Sunday morning for the first time since finishing first and 11th, respectively, in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds Monday at Oaklawn. Trainer Larry Jones said before training hours that Super Steed “would just stretch his legs a little bit” as he begins preparations for […]

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Super Steed Launches 62-1 Southwest Stakes Shocker

Making a bold five-wide move on the far turn under jockey Terry Thompson, Michael Pressley and Steed Jackson’s Super Steed – a 62-1 longshot trained by Larry Jones – upset Monday’s $500,000, Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. Super Steed defeated West Coast invader Sueno by three-quarters of a length, […]

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Asmussen Tries To Derail Gray Attempt With Southwest Stakes Quintet

Gray Attempt has nothing but 1s in his last three running lines, and Monday at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., he will try to finish No. 1 again in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles. Probable post time for the Southwest, the ninth of 10 races on a special […]

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Fires Turns To Old Friend To Help With Southwest Stakes Contender

After Gray Attempt became tougher to handle in the morning following his victory in the $125,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 25 at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., trainer Jinks Fires turned to an old friend for help with the Graydar colt. Enter trainer John Henry Prather, 66, who has regularly galloped Gray Attempt the […]

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Gray Attempt Gets Inside Post For Monday’s Southwest Stakes

Dwight Pruett’s Gray Attempt drew the rail Friday morning for the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds, part of a stakes tripleheader Monday at Oaklawn. The 1 1/16-mile Southwest is Oaklawn’s second of four major preps for the Kentucky Derby and offers 17 points (10-4-2-1) to the top four finishers toward starting eligibility for the […]

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Fires ‘Very Pleased’ With Gray Attempt Ahead Of Southwest Stakes

Several candidates for Oaklawn’s Presidents Day stakes tripleheader recorded workouts on a cloudy, damp Sunday morning, including Gray Attempt who breezed 5 furlongs in advance of the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds Feb. 18. Working just after the renovation break from the 5-furlong pole to the regular finish line, Gray Attempt went in 1:00.20 […]

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Gray Attempt Nominated To Triple Crown After Smarty Jones Win

Gray Attempt emerged in good order from his narrow victory in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds Friday at Oaklawn and will be pointed for the track’s next Kentucky Derby points race, his trainer, Jinks Fires of Hot Springs, said Saturday morning. Gray Attempt, who was ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, earned a preliminary Beyer […]

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