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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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Far Right To Make 2016 Debut Thursday

Multiple stakes winner Far Right, the top locally based 3-year-old last year at Oaklawn, is scheduled to make his 2016 debut in Thursday’s ninth race, a third-level allowance/optional claimer for older horses at a mile. Far Right won the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes and $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) before finishing second behind future Triple Crown […]

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Several Sophomores Defect From Smarty Jones In Favor Of Sprint Races

Both Whitmore and Knights Key were entered in Monday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park, which offers 10 points toward the Kentucky Derby to the victor. However, both sophomores’ connections opted out of the one mile event in favor of easier sprint races, hoping to build toward two-turn events. Whitmore posted a convincing win […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Thinking Small Works Just Fine For Ron Moquett

One day a fellow trainer overheard Ron Moquett telling a prospective owner, “sorry I can’t take any more horses.” The flummoxed trainer pulled Moquett aside and asked him why in the world he would say no to somebody who wanted to hire him. “The trainer told me that the best horse they ever had was […]

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Gentlemen’s Bet Declared De Francis Dash Winner Via DQ

Harry T. Rosenblum’s Gentlemen’s Bet notched a victory in Saturday’s $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash with the assist of a stewards’ decision that resulted in the disqualification of first-place finisher Trouble Kid to second. Seeking his fifth straight victory since being claimed for $12,500 in July, Trouble Kid found trouble on the backstretch, […]

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