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Increased Handle, Record Purses Highlight 2017 Oaklawn Meet

Culminating with 62,500 fans turning out to watch champion Classic Empire win the $1 million Arkansas Derby, the 2017 Oaklawn live racing season concluded with nearly a 5% gain in total handle and another record-setting season for purses. Good weather along with large, competitive fields led to total handle of $189,534,228 in 2017 compared to […]

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‘Good Horses Can Overcome’: Classic Empire Back In The Spotlight For Kentucky Derby

Trainer Mark Casse was understandably relieved after the running of Saturday’s G1 Arkansas Derby, in which his trainee Classic Empire overcame a good deal of trouble to win by a half-length on the wire. The son of Pioneerof the Nile, last year’s juvenile champion, had been giving his trainer fits and starts throughout the 2017 […]

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Classic Empire Finds His Best Stride For Arkansas Derby Triumph

John Oxley’s juvenile champion Classic Empire put in a performance that may well put him back atop this year’s 3-year-old class, traveling very wide around the far turn to win the G1 Arkansas Derby. The well-proportioned bay son of Pioneerof the Nile has had a troubled spring season, but a change in scenery seems to […]

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Inside Straight Pulls Off Oaklawn Handicap Upset At 19-1

Randy Howg’s Inside Straight, a 4-year-old New York-bred gelding by Super Saver, gave trainer Robertino Diodoro and jockey Geovanni Franco the biggest victory of their careers, rallying in the stretch to win the Grade 2, $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap Saturday on the final day of the 2017 Oaklawn Park meeting. Inside Straight scored the upset at 19-1 under 114 […]

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Whitmore A Perfect Three-For-Three In 2017 After Count Fleet Romp

Southern Springs Stables, Head of Plains Partners and Robert LaPenta’s Whitmore has definitely found his calling, and has romped in all three of his one-turn starts in 2017. The 4-year-old son of Pleasantly Perfect, trained by Ron Moquett, rallied from fifth in Saturday’s G3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap to burst away in the stretch, crossing […]

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Arkansas Derby: Maiden Sonneteer’s ‘Muscles Are Growing Up To His Bones’

Calumet Farm’s Rebel runner-up Sonneteer galloped and schooled in the starting gate Friday morning and was scheduled to school between races in the indoor paddock at Oaklawn under the supervision of assistant trainer Julie Clark.  Sonneteer is winless in nine starts, with four seconds and two thirds, but has earned $234,445. After being ridden in […]

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Stellar Wind Bounces Back In Apple Blossom; Curlin Daughters Fill Out Exacta

Hronis Racing’s Stellar Wind, the Eclipse Award-winning 3-year-old filly of 2015 who finished an unlucky fourth in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff, proved she’s still got it in Friday’s Grade 1 Apple Blossom. The 5-year-old daughter of Curlin ran down local course specialist Terra Promessa in a hard-fought stretch battle to prevail by just over […]

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Ever So Clever Runs Down Chanel’s Legacy For Fantasy Upset

Bernard Cleary’s Ever So Clever was approximately two lengths the best in Friday’s G3 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park, earning herself 100 points and a starting spot in the Kentucky Oaks if her connections so choose. Off at odds of 15-1, the 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro came from well off the pace to run […]

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Favored Classic Empire Will ‘Send’ From The Gate In Arkansas Derby

John Oxley’s champion Classic Empire is the 8-5 program favorite for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) Saturday at Oaklawn, a 1 1/8-mile race that highlights the closing-day program. Probable post time for the Arkansas Derby, the 11th of 12 races, is 6:18 p.m. (Central). Gates open at 10:30 a.m., with racing to begin at […]

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Pletcher: Malagacy’s Outside Post In Arkansas Derby ‘Opens Up Some Options’

Oaklawn’s Grade 2 Rebel winner, Malagacy will attempt to run his record to 4 for 4 in the Arkansas Derby, and beyond that become the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby without racing at age 2 since Apollo in 1882. Malagacy did not start until Jan. 4, when he won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden […]

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