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Midnight Bisou Noses Out Very Game Escape Clause In Apple Blossom

Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stable, and Allen Racing’s Midnight Bisou had to work hard as the 4-5 favorite in the stretch of Sunday’s Grade 1 Apple Blossom, fending off a determined drive from 8-1 chance Escape Clause. Under Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith, Midnight Bisou hit the wire a nose ahead of her rival […]

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Mitole Outduels Whitmore In Count Fleet Sprint Handicap At Oaklawn

Sent off the 2-5 favorite in the field of five older runners, William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Mitole won Saturday’s $500,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap by 2 3/4 lengths over a sealed sloppy racetrack at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., outdueling second choice Whitmore in the six-furlong contest timed in 1:09.36. Trained by Steve Asmussen […]

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Round 2: Midnight Bisou Vs. Elate In Apple Blossom At Oaklawn

A small, but select six-horse field is entered in the $750,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) Sunday at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark. The 1 1/16-event for older fillies and mares highlights the first day of the track’s new “Stay Until May” racing calendar. Probable post time for the Apple Blossom, which goes as the eighth […]

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Lady Apple, Santana Ride The Rail En Route To Fantasy Score

Phoenix Thoroughbreds III and KatieRich Stables’ Lady Apple used a ground saving trip to score a one-length victory at odds of 9-1 in Friday’s $500,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) before an on-track crowd of 17,000 at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark. Friday marked the opening of the Thoroughbred racing track’s Racing Festival of the South. As […]

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‘Ageless’ Jon Court Hopes For Continued Success With Horton’s Long Range Toddy

The Rebel was actually a rebel-lion last month at Oaklawn, with experience trumping youth in both divisions of the $750,000 Grade 2 race for 3-year-olds March 16. The winner of the first division was Long Range Toddy, owned by Willis Horton, 78, trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, 53, and ridden by Jon Court, […]

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‘He Gives You Everything’: Gray Attempt Fires Bullet Toward Arkansas Derby

The Racing Festival of the South at Oaklawn Park is highlighted by the April 13 $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles. Early Arkansas Derby probables include Galilean, Gray Attempt, Improbable, Last Judgement, Long Range Toddy, Omaha Beach, One Flew South and Six Shooter. Gray Attempt, under Stewart Elliott, recorded a […]

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Asmussen Crowned Leading Trainer At Sam Houston For Sixth Consecutive Year

The Sam Houston Race Park Thoroughbred meeting wrapped on Saturday, March 30. The racing season kicked off on January 25 with the Houston Racing Festival highlighting opening weekend. Local racing fans and horseplayers across the country enjoyed seeing Bloom Racing Stable, LLC, Madaket Stables LLC and Allen Racing, LLC’s Midnight Bisou win the Grade 3, […]

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Santana Gets 500th Winner, Back On Top Of Oaklawn Jockey Standings

Ricardo Santana Jr. rode four winners Sunday at Oaklawn, including the 500th in his career for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, to regain the lead in the jockey standings. Santana, Oaklawn’s leading rider the last six years, reached the milestone with Asmussen when favored Bayerd ($5.60) captured the ninth race, a starter-allowance sprint for older […]

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Jon Court’s Picture-Perfect Rebel Ride Nets Jockey Of The Week Title

With a surprise win in the first split of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn, Jon Court was chosen as Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for March 11-17, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more […]

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Long Range Toddy Runs Down Improbable In First Rebel Division

Willis Horton’s homebred Long Range Toddy rebounded from a troubled third-place finish in the G3 Southwest to defeat 2-5 favorite Improbable by a half-length in this Saturday’s first division of the Rebel Stakes. Ridden by veteran Jon Court for trainer Steve Asmussen, the 3-year-old son of Take Charge Indy ran 1 1/16 miles over Oaklawn’s […]

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