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‘My Job Is To Keep Her Happy’: Lukas Takes Over Training Of Come Dancing

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas called Nadal and American Theorem “house guests” after they shipped into his Oaklawn barn shortly before the $1 million Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds March 14. Lukas took both Southern California-based horses to the track to train during their brief stay in Hot Springs and watched Nadal remain […]

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‘Making Hay While The Sun Shines’: At 55, Elliott Sets Sights On 5,000th Win

For jockey Stewart Elliott, it’s the drive to five – as in 5,000. Elliott, who rose to fame as the only rider of champion and dual classic winner Smarty Jones, recorded his 4,942nd career victory in Saturday’s 10th race at Oaklawn aboard Wild Popit for trainer Randy Morse, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. Only […]

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‘Don’t Think I’ve Ever Been This Stressed’: Trainers Already Hanging By A Thread

Although most of the country is only a few weeks into closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the racing industry is already hurting badly, according to a report from the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Officials and horsemen at Canterbury Park, which is scheduled to begin its meet mid-May, have watched the turn of events at other […]

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Multiple Jockeys Affected By New Coronavirus Restrictions At Oaklawn, Gulfstream

In the past few days, multiple jockeys have had to alter plans, miss race days, or go into quarantine in response to regulations put in place by both Oaklawn and Gulfstream Park, two of the few racetracks still holding live racing. Oaklawn sent jockeys a letter on March 19 detailing some of the new regulations, […]

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‘Sounds Like My Kind Of Job’: Kelsi Harr Leads Apprentice Standings At Oaklawn

Tiny Slovak, Ark., is having a big impact on the jockey standings this year at Oaklawn. Kelsi Harr, raised in the unincorporated Grand Prairie farming community 55 miles east of Little Rock, had five victories through Saturday to lead all apprentice jockeys at the 57-day meeting that is scheduled to conclude May 2. Harr, 27, […]

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Caldwell Excited To Get Southern Phantom Started Running Again

He’s got the face. Now, he’ll try to win the race. Media sensation Southern Phantom is scheduled to make his 2020 debut in Friday’s ninth race at Oaklawn, a maiden special weights event for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles. Southern Phantom is winless in seven career starts, but the 4-year-old bay colt has […]

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Son Of Hall-Of-Famer, Reeve McGaughey Saddles First Winner At Oaklawn

Eight was enough for trainer Reeve McGaughey. McGaughey, the son of Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey, recorded his first career victory in Thursday’s seventh race at Oaklawn with Franknjymme ($7.20). It was his eighth career starter. McGaughey, 30, went out on his own at this year’s Oaklawn meeting after working under his father and […]

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Oaklawn Pushes Arkansas Derby Back To May 2; Purse Reduced To $750,000

Oaklawn announced Friday that it is moving its signature race – the Arkansas Derby (G1) – from Saturday, April 11 to Saturday, May 2, closing day of the 2020 live meet. Due to the closing of the casino and racetrack to the public, Oaklawn could have raced with purses intact through April 18, but, upon […]

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Updated COVID-19 Fallout: Aqueduct, Laurel Suspends Racing; Gulfstream Friday Card Called Off; California Has ‘Stay At Home’ Mandate; Jockeys Taking Time Off; Trainers, TVG Personnel Go Into ‘Self Quarantine’

Like many other days since COVID-19, or coronavirus, was deemed a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, a series of events rocked the horse racing world from coast to coast on Thursday. Among them: – The New York Racing Association suspended racing at Aqueduct, effective immediately, after a backstretch worker based at […]

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