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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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Gray Attempt Goes All The Way In Smarty Jones

Dwight Pruett’s Gray Attempt took the lead at the start and never relinquished it in Friday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes, earning his first 10 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby in the process. The 3-year-old son of Graydar crossed the wire a neck ahead of Springboard Mile winner Long Range Toddy, completing a […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Disabled Hotwalker’s Lament – ‘I Don’t Know Anything Else’

When Raymond Lyle approached William H. “Jinks” Fires about working for him as a hotwalker at Churchill Downs in 1988, the trainer hired him while assuming their business relationship would be short-lived the way so many backstretch associations are. He did not know Lyle. Lyle had just kept a pledge to his mother, Frances, by […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: Thirty-Five Years After Sunny’s Halo, Cross Is Back To The Beginning Again

With each passing day in the week leading up to the Kentucky Derby, the Churchill Downs backstretch buzzes louder. It seems the reporters, broadcasters, cousins of neighbors of friends of horse owners – all of them multiply, parking wherever possible and snapping photos of horses eating, working, and bathing. For the locals without a horse […]

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West Virginia Derby Win Propels Court To Jockey Of The Week Honors

Wins at three tracks last week, including the Grade 3 West Virginia Derby, earned Jon Court the title of Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for July 31 – August 6, 2017. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents […]

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Smarty Jones Winner Discreetness Works Between Races At Oaklawn

Multiple stakes winner Discreetness worked between the third and fourth races Friday at Oaklawn, covering five furlongs in :58.80 in the company of a workmate. The colt is pointing for the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 19 at Oaklawn, trainer Jinks Fires said. Fires’ his son-in-law Jon Court, also the regular rider of Discreetness, was […]

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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 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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