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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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Zayat On American Pharoah: ‘Best Horse I’ve Ever Owned’

The top three finishers from Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn, including runaway winner American Pharoah, emerged from the 1 1/8-mile race in good order, their connections said Sunday morning. American Pharoah earned a preliminary Beyer Speed Figure of 105 for his effortless eight-length victory over Far Right, a career-best performance that likely […]

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Far Right Turns In Final Work For Arkansas Derby

Multiple stakes winner Far Right recorded his final workout for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11 Saturday morning at Oaklawn for trainer Ron Moquett. He breezed an easy half-mile in :48.80 under Greta Kuntzweiler, who regularly works the Notional ridgling. Clockers caught Far Right galloping out five furlongs over a fast track in […]

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Far Right Works Toward Arkansas Derby Start

Far Right continued preparations for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11 by working five furlongs after the renovation break Thursday morning at Oaklawn under Greta Kuntzweiler. Far Right, who worked in company with stablemate Peteizum, a 5-year-old starter-allowance gelding, was credited with 1:00.80 over a fast-rated surface. According to clockers, he covered his […]

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Far Right Takes Inside Route To Win Southwest

Just as he did in his victory in the Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 19, Far Right put in a strong run on the rail to win Sunday’s rescheduled Grade 3, $300,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The race was originally slated for Feb. 16, but that card was cancelled due to winter weather. Owned by […]

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Oaklawn: Far Right Aiming for Southwest; I Spent It Working Toward Comeback

Far Right will make his next start in the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 16 at Oaklawn, trainer Ron Moquett said Saturday morning. The trainer also added that Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will again ride the 3-year-old son of Notional, who scored a 1 ¾-length victory in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. […]

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Aptly-Named Far Right Takes Smarty Jones, Derby Points

Far Right benefitted from a far outside swing by even-money favorite Mr. Z in Monday’s Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Jockey Mike Smith kept Ron Moquett-trained Far Right off the pace along the rail, where the pair had the chance to creep into the lead after perfectly-positioned Mr. Z lugged out to the right […]

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