Synchrony Gets The Job Done In Muniz Memorial

Pin Oak homebred Synchrony left the gate as the 3-1 favorite in the G2 Muniz Memorial, yielded the lead early, and swallowed up the field late to win by about 2 1/2 lengths. The 5-year-old son of Tapit, ridden by Joe Bravo for trainer Mike Stidham, covered nine furlongs over the Fair Grounds’ firm turf […]

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Synchrony Takes Aim At Muniz; Good Samaritan, The Player Head New Orleans Handicap

Pin Oak Stable’s Synchrony made a successful return to the races in last month’s Grade III Fair Grounds Handicap and will look for another victory over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course in Saturday’s Gr. II $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap. Trained by Mike Stidham, the son of Tapit’s victory in last month’s Fair Grounds Handicap was his first start since last […]

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Synchrony Impresses With Big Late Run In Fair Grounds Handicap

Pin Oak Stable’s Synchrony had not seen racing action in nine months, but nevertheless was still able to prove himself against a deep field when taking Saturday’s Grade III Fair Grounds Handicap. Sent off as the 9-2 third choice, the 5-year-old son of Tapit sat well off a moderate pace that was led by 56-1 longshot Great Wide Open (Ire.) who produced […]

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American Freedom To Face Big Test In Iowa Derby

Gary and Mary West’s American Freedom ran a big race on the Preakness Day undercard to win the $100,000 Sir Barton Stakes, and his next stop, in Prairie Meadows’ Grade 3 Iowa Derby this Friday, will be another big test for the Bob Baffert trainee. Making just his fourth lifetime start, the sophomore son of […]

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Favored Collected Faces Dual Stakes Winner Discreetness In Southwest

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will try to collect his record-tying fifth victory in the Southwest Stakes when he sends out lightly raced Collected in the $500,000 Grade 3 event Monday at Oaklawn. Probable post time for the Southwest, the ninth of 10 races, is 5:09 p.m. (Central). Racing begins at 1:05 p.m. on […]

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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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Discreetness ‘Springboards’ To Smarty Jones Victory

Dwight Pruett of Xpress Thoroughbred’s $105,000 investment Discreetness rallied up the outside at odds of 9-1 to win Monday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes. The sophomore made his first step toward the Kentucky Derby a winning one at Oaklawn Park, earning 10 points toward a spot in the starting gate on the first Saturday in May. […]

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Derby Dreaming: Smarty Jones Stakes Comes Up Salty At Oaklawn

Oaklawn kicks off its rich Derby prep series Monday with the $150,000 Smarty Jones led by multiple stakes winner Toews On Ice, the 9-5 program favorite for the one-mile race. The race is worth a total of 17 points towards Kentucky Derby eligibility with the winner receiving 10 points. Among the previous winners of the […]

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