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Santana Takes Riding Title, Jockey Of The Week Honors For Oaklawn Triumphs

Ricardo Santana, Jr. won the 2018 meet riding title at Oaklawn and notched a career milestone as the unanimous choice for the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for April 9-15, 2018. 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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Undefeated Magnum Moon Dominates Arkansas Derby

Chalk up another Kentucky Derby prep race for trainer Todd Pletcher. Robert and Lawana Low’s Magnum Moon was a dominating winner of Saturday’s Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, winning his fourth consecutive start to stay undefeated. The 100 points he earned, added to the 50 from the Rebel Stakes, easily secure the 3-year-old son of Malibu […]

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City Of Light Prevails Over Game Accelerate In Oaklawn Handicap

Mr. and Mrs. William Warren’s City of Light was the hard-fought winner of Saturday’s Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap, staving off the dead-game Accelerate to win by a half-length at odds of 9-2. The 4-year-old son of Quality Road, a last-out winner of a pair of Grade 1 sprints in the Malibu and Triple Bend, proved […]

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Whitmore Repeats In Count Fleet Sprint

Southern Springs Stable, Robert LaPenta, and Head of Plains Partners’ Whitmore captured the Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap for the second year in a row, finishing with and impressive stretch run to hit the wire in front. The 5-year-old son of Pleasantly Perfect, ridden by Ricardo Santana for trainer Ron Moquett, covered six furlongs […]

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Sassy Sienna Gives Cox Another Oaks Contender With Fantasy Victory

The bridesmaid became the bride Friday when Medallion Racing and Jerry McClanahan’s Sassy Sienna got up late to win the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) after a second and third in the earlier prep races this season at Oaklawn. “She’s a tough filly,” trainer Brad Cox said. “She’s shown us a lot from the get go. On to […]

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Unbridled Mo Upsets Unique Bella In Apple Blossom

One day before he sends out the favorite Magnum Moon for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), trainer Todd Pletcher was the one pulling the upset when Red Oak Stable’s Unbridled Mo drew away from heavy 1-9 favorite Unique Bella to win the $700,000 Apple Blossom (G1) by 2 ½ lengths. With leading rider Ricardo […]

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‘Weird Draw’ Shouldn’t Hurt Accelerate In Oaklawn Handicap

Grade 1 winner and millionaire Accelerate is the 9-5 program favorite for the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) for older horses Saturday at Oaklawn. Probable post time for the 1 1/8-mile Oaklawn Handicap, the 10th of 12 races on the closing-day card, is 5:40 p.m. (Central). Doors open Saturday at 10:30 a.m., with a special first post of 12:35 p.m. and the infield will be […]

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‘Second Home’: Low Hoping For Arkansas Derby Win At Oaklawn

Robert and Lawana Low’s unbeaten Magnum Moon is the 8-5 program favorite for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) Saturday at Oaklawn. Probable post time for the 1 1/8-mile Arkansas Derby, the 11th of 12 races on the closing-day card, is 6:18 p.m. (Central). Doors open Saturday at 10:30 a.m., with a special first post of 12:35 p.m. and the infield will be open. Trained […]

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Santana Passes 1,000-Win Mark With Big Day At Oaklawn Park

William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Mitole did not disappoint as the heavy 2-5 favorite in Thursday’s $150,000 Bachelor Stakes, drawing off impressively to give leading rider Ricardo Santana Jr. his 1,001st career victory. Earlier on the card, Santana reached the 1,000-win milestone aboard Gary and Mary West’s Westfest, who like Mitole is trained by Hall of Famer […]

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Champion Unique Bella Heavy Favorite In Apple Blossom

Champion Unique Bella has been installed the overwhelming 2-5 program favorite for the $700,000, Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap for older fillies and mares Friday at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. She will be the 21st champion to compete in the 54-year history of race either during or following a championship campaign. Probable post time […]

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