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Santana Gets 500th Winner, Back On Top Of Oaklawn Jockey Standings

Ricardo Santana Jr. rode four winners Sunday at Oaklawn, including the 500th in his career for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, to regain the lead in the jockey standings. Santana, Oaklawn’s leading rider the last six years, reached the milestone with Asmussen when favored Bayerd ($5.60) captured the ninth race, a starter-allowance sprint for older […]

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Classic Empire Half-Brother Could Soon Step Up To Stakes Company At Oaklawn

Trainer Brad Cox said Exclamation Point, a 4-year-old half-brother to champion and 2017 Arkansas Derby winner Classic Empire, is under consideration for two stakes races at the meeting following a victory earlier this month at Fair Grounds. Based this winter at Oaklawn, Exclamation Point held off Hawaakom by a head in a March 5 allowance […]

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Cross Country Pick 5 Includes Three Stakes From Oaklawn, Aqueduct

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will continue its partnership with Oaklawn Park in hosting a Cross Country Pick 5 on Saturday, highlighted by the $100,000 Cicada from Aqueduct and a pair of sprint stakes, the $125,000 Gazebo and the $100,000 Nodouble Breeders’ from Oaklawn. Last week’s sequence, which was highlighted by two divisions […]

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Game Winner Still Leads NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

Despite suffering his first career defeat at the hands of Omaha Beach this past weekend, reigning juvenile male champion Game Winner still retained the No. 1 spot on the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll this week. In his first start since capturing the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November 2, Game […]

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Baffert Update: Game Winner To Santa Anita Derby, Improbable To Arkansas Derby

Trainer Bob Baffert was pleased with the runs of his previously undefeated sophomore colts at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, as each lost a division of the G2 Rebel Stakes by a neck or less. According to drf.com, juvenile champion Game Winner (Candy Ride) will return home to Santa Anita Park and be pointed for the April […]

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Tyler Baze Moves His Tack To Oaklawn Park Through May

Tyler Baze, among the top jockeys on the Southern California circuit, was scheduled to ride three horses Sunday in his first day as a regular at Oaklawn. Baze, 36, will be represented by agent Joe Santos, who has booked mounts at the meet for David Cabrera, Israel Rodriguez and apprentice Luis Fuentes. Arkansas Racing Commission […]

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Long Range Toddy Will Aim For Arkansas Derby; Omaha Beach To ‘Play It By Ear’

Fox Hill Farm’s Omaha Beach emerged in good order from his nose victory in the second division of the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) at 1 1/16 miles and will be flown back to his Southern California base Tuesday, the colt’s Hall of Fame trainer, Richard Mandella, said in a text message Sunday morning. Whether Omaha […]

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Omaha Beach Turns Back Champion Game Winner In Second Rebel

Fox Hill Farms’ Omaha Beach took command at the head of the stretch and was all-out in the final 100 yards to fend off champion Game Winner, capturing Saturday’s second division of the G2 Rebel by a nose on the wire. The 3-year-old son of War Front, ridden by Mike Smith for trainer Richard Mandella, […]

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Rated R Superstar Nails Snapper Sinclair In Essex Photo

Crystal Racing Enterprises and Cipriano Contreras’ Rated R Superstar, claimed for $62,500 at Churchill Downs in November, jumped up to win this Saturday’s $350,000 Essex Handicap at 14-1, defeating 5-1 chance Snapper Sinclair by a head in a photo finish. The 6-year-old son of Kodiak Kowboy, ridden by Walter De La Cruz for conditioner Contreras, […]

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Long Range Toddy Runs Down Improbable In First Rebel Division

Willis Horton’s homebred Long Range Toddy rebounded from a troubled third-place finish in the G3 Southwest to defeat 2-5 favorite Improbable by a half-length in this Saturday’s first division of the Rebel Stakes. Ridden by veteran Jon Court for trainer Steve Asmussen, the 3-year-old son of Take Charge Indy ran 1 1/16 miles over Oaklawn’s […]

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