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Whitmore Impresses Moquett With Gallop-Out After Half-Mile Breeze

Whitmore moved closer to his scheduled start in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 16 at Oaklawn by working in company just after the track opened on a sunny Saturday morning for co-owner/trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs. As he normally does, Whitmore breezed inside a stablemate – in this case 4-year-old multiple stakes […]

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Moquett Becomes Second Oaklawn Trainer To Surpass $1 Million In Earnings

Ron Moquett of Hot Springs became the second trainer at the Oaklawn meeting to surpass $1 million in purse earnings Thursday. The trainer’s horses have earned $1,046,525, which only trails six-time Oaklawn training champion Steve Asmussen ($1,629,695), according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. Moquett, who lives just behind Oaklawn’s half-mile pole, also ranks […]

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Updated Kentucky Derby Point Standings: Cupid Leaves His Mark

Saturday’s single race offering points toward the 2016 Kentucky Derby was Oaklawn Park’s Grade 2 Rebel Stakes. Bob Baffert’s lightly-raced sophomore Cupid took the lead early and never gave it up, drawing away in the stretch to win by 1 1/4 lengths. The gray son of Tapit earned his first 50 points toward the Kentucky […]

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Rebel Stakes A ‘Who’s Who’ Of Trainers En Route To Kentucky Derby

A full field of 14 is entered in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds Saturday at Oaklawn, including 3-1 program favorite Suddenbreakingnews. Probable post time for the race, the 10th of 11 races, is 6:06 p.m. (Central). Racing begins at 1:05 p.m. Weather permitting, the infield will be open for the first time this […]

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Whitmore Lays Down Bullet Work For Rebel

Whitmore worked 5 furlongs in 1:00 Sunday morning at Oaklawn in preparation for the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 19, the final major local prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 16. Breezing over a fast surface about 10 minutes after the track opened, Whitmore worked with stablemate Tisdale, another promising 3-year-old for […]

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Bullet For Whitmore In First Work Since Southwest

Whitmore worked a bullet half-mile in :48.20 Saturday morning at Oaklawn, the gelding’s first breeze since finishing second in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 15. He is scheduled to make his next start in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 19 at Oaklawn, the final major local prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby […]

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Whitmore Works For Southwest, Mike Smith To Ride

Whitmore will make his next start in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 15 at Oaklawn, co-owner/trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs said Monday morning. Co-owner Harry Rosenblum said later Monday morning that Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will ride Whitmore for the first time in the Southwest, a major Kentucky Derby prep race […]

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‘I Never Forgot Him’: Flexnow Reunited With Old Friend After 29-Race Career

Thanks to the efforts of a caring boyfriend and trainer Ron Moquett, 8-year-old Flexnow (Tiznow) was reunited with Britt Wadsworth, who first fell in love with the colt when she was a part of the team to “pinhook” him during his formative years. “He was the one horse who was always looking for me when […]

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Moquett Takes Early Lead In Oaklawn’s Trainer Standings

A training double Saturday extended Ron Moquett’s lead in the Oaklawn standings. But, it’s still a long race, Moquett said Sunday morning – and one he doesn’t expect to win. “It would surprise me,” said Moquett, 44, who lives in a home adjacent to Oaklawn’s backstretch. “There’s a lot more people with a lot more […]

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Southwest Stakes Taking Shape; Lukas Takes Shot With Z Royal

Lightly raced Z Royal will make his next start in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes for 3-year-olds Feb. 15 at Oaklawn, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Friday morning. He added that Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will ride Z Royal for the first time in the 1 1/16-mile race, the second major […]

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