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Oaklawn Will Split Fifth Season Stakes Into Two Eight-Horse Fields On Saturday

Oaklawn, which made history last year when it split the $1 million Rebel Stakes (G2) into two $750,000 divisions, is kicking off its 2020 season with another significant stakes split. On Saturday, Jan. 25 (the day after the live meet begins), Oaklawn will split the 31st running of the $100,000 Fifth Season into two $100,000 […]

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NYRA-Hosted Cross Country Pick 5 Returns February 1

The New York path to the Kentucky Derby trail continues on February 1 at the Big A with the 140th renewal of the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers, which offers 10-4-2-1 qualifying points to the top-four finishers. The Saturday, February 1 card will also feature the return of the popular Cross Country Pick 5, which in […]

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Wide-Drawn Lynn’s Map Will Scratch From Lecomte, Ship To Oaklawn For Smarty Jones

Trainer Mark Casse confirmed to Horse Racing Radio Network’s Equine Forum that last-out allowance winner Lynn’s Map would be scratched from Saturday’s Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds, in which he had drawn the outside post in a field of 14. Instead, the 3-year-old son of Liam’s Map will be pointed to next weekend’s […]

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Oaklawn’s Smarty Jones Draws Nine In Search Of Derby Points

Nine horses, including four from Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, were entered Friday in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 24, a 1-mile race that is Oaklawn’s first of four Kentucky Derby points races. The Smarty Jones will go as the eighth race on the nine-race opening-day program, with probable post time 3:52 p.m. […]

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Shoplifted Among The Probables For Smarty Jones Stakes As Field Begins To Take Shape

The Oaklawn racing office listed seven horses late Thursday morning as probable for the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 24, a 1-mile race that kicks off the local road to the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11. Post positions for the Smarty Jones will be drawn Friday. The race will offer 17 points to […]

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‘More Opportunity Here’: Talamo Moves Tack To Arkansas/Kentucky Circuit

The Southern California invasion is underway at Oaklawn and among the big names already on the grounds in advance of the Jan. 24 opening is jockey Joe Talamo. Talamo’s resume includes an Eclipse Award as the country’s top apprentice jockey in 2007, a Breeders’ Cup triumph in 2009 and 2,003 victories and more than $100 […]

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Bravazo To Stay Home For Oaklawn Races Instead Of Pegasus, Middle East Tour

Calumet Farm’s homebred Bravazo will point for a less ambitious start to 2020 than originally planned, skipping the Pegasus World Cup for starters and racing at Oaklawn Park, journalist Robert Yates reported Tuesday. Just last week, trainer D. Wayne Lukas said the 5-year-old son of Awesome Again would be headed to South Florida for the […]

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Trainer Ortiz Looking To Build On Success Of 2019 Oaklawn Meet

Trainer Johnny Ortiz’s goal for the 2019 Oaklawn meeting was 15 victories. Although Ortiz finished with 14, the total still represented a personal best at the Hot Springs, Ark., track and resulted in a ninth-place spot in the standings. “I don’t want to necessarily say a number for wins, but you always want to outdo […]

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Larry Jones Settling Into New Havre De Grace Barn At Oaklawn

The first horses in Oaklawn’s new Havre de Grace barn are, fittingly, for Larry Jones, who trained the 2011 Horse of the Year and a multiple stakes winner in Hot Springs. The Havre de Grace barn was one of six new barns built this year. “Good to be back,” Jones said Saturday morning. “Kind of […]

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Trainer Englehart Sending String Of 24 To Oaklawn For The Winter

Jeremiah Englehart has started only two horses at Oaklawn, but that total figures to increase significantly in 2020 because the New York-based trainer has a string in Hot Springs for the first time. Englehart said Tuesday afternoon that he should have around 24 horses on the grounds opening day, Jan. 24, a contingent that will […]

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