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Classic Empire’s Half-Brother Could Make Stakes Debut In Oaklawn Mile

A stakes-quality field will be chasing a hefty $93,000 purse in Sunday’s featured eighth race at Oaklawn Park, a conditioned allowance for older horses at a mile. The race could be a springboard to the inaugural $250,000 Oaklawn Mile May 3 for several entrants, including 3-1 program favorite Exclamation Point. Also entered are millionaire Shotgun […]

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Whitmore Threepeats In Hot Springs Stakes

Heavy favorite Whitmore, making his first start since a runner-up performance in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) last November, came from off the pace to win his third straight $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes Saturday before a crowd of 16,000 at Oaklawn Park. With his regular pilot Ricardo Santana Jr. in the irons, Whitmore was reluctant […]

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‘Best For The Horse’: Stakes Winner Frosted Ice Delaying 2019 Debut

After conferring with breeder/owner Catherine Adams Hutt, trainer Ron Moquett said Saturday morning that Frosted Ice will not make his 3-year-old debut in the $1 million Rebel Stakes (G2) March 16 at Oaklawn. Frosted Ice worked a half-mile in :48.60 Friday morning – his third published work this year at Oaklawn – but Moquett said […]

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Whitmore Pleasing Moquett In Final Preparations For 2019 Debut

Whitmore completed major preparations for his scheduled 2019 debut in the $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes for older sprinters March 9 with a half-mile bullet workout just after the track opened Saturday morning at Oaklawn for co-owner/trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs. Whitmore, Oaklawn’s top older sprinter the last two years, covered the distance over a […]

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David Cohen, Agent Castle ‘So Excited’ For Return To Oaklawn Park

Riders for agent Bill Castle swept Saturday’s late daily double at Oaklawn Park, with David Cohen winning the $125,000 Martha Washington Stakes aboard Power Gal for trainer Mark Casse and Orlando Mojica taking the nightcap aboard Lighthawk for trainer Ron Moquett. Through Saturday, the fifth day of the scheduled 57-day meeting, Cohen is tied for […]

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Breeders’ Cup Runner-Up Whitmore ‘Very Happy’ To Get Back To Work At Oaklawn

Whitmore is maybe two weeks away from his first work of the year, with the $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes March 9 at Oaklawn being targeted as the 6-year-old gelding’s comeback spot, co-owner/trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs said Friday morning. Freshened in Kentucky following a runner-up finish in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) […]

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Long-Time Friends Moquett And Zito Become Winter Neighbors At Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn had 781 horses on the grounds early Thursday morning, including 20 for a newcomer with quite the resume. According to stall superintendent Beverly Fowler, the contingent for Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito arrived at 1:45 a.m. (Central) Thursday and was then dispatched to the Citation barn, located directly across from horses housed for […]

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Zito Plans To ‘Give It A Shot’ At Oaklawn Park In 2019

Nick Zito has started only a handful of horses at Oaklawn, but that figures to change in 2019 after the Hall of Fame trainer said Friday afternoon that he will “probably” have 20 horses on the grounds when the scheduled 57-day meet begins Jan. 25. “We thought about this for a while,” said Zito, 70, […]

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Support For Equine Aftercare: 47 Breeders’ Cup Contenders Pledge Their Support To New Vocations

A growing list of prominent owners and trainers are stepping up to support racehorse aftercare by participating in the New Vocations Breeders’ Cup Pledge. Now in its ninth year, the Pledge has raised over $480,000, with 100 percent of funds raised supporting the program’s rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming efforts. “New Vocations is a program the […]

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Imperial Hint Takes Aim At Defending Breeders’ Cup Sprint Champion Roy H

Imperial Hint – Perhaps the most exciting rematch of the Breeders’ Cup in 2018 is the return of 1-2 $2 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint finishers Roy H and Imperial Hint, who battled for a good furlong of the Del Mar stretch last year before the former pulled away to a well-deserved victory. This year, […]

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