Oaklawn News

We Be Stormin caught favored Rock City Roadhog on the outside in the shadow of the wire to win the $75,000 NodoubleBreeders’ Stakes by a nose on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Oaklawn.

The 6-furlong Nodouble was originally scheduled to be run Feb. 28, but postponed because of severe winter weather. The Nodouble was restricted to Arkansas-bred colts and geldings, 3-year-olds and upward.

We Be Stormin represented the second winner on the card for jockey Ramon Vazquez, who also guided the Storm and a Half gelding to a one-length victory against state-bred allowance company Jan. 25.

Although We Be Stormin was caught seven-wide turning for home in the Nodouble, Vazquez said he believed the gelding was more comfortable being outside horses.

“A little wide,” said Vazquez, Oaklawn’s second-leading rider this year with 25 victories. “The last race, I won on the horse, and I know the horse doesn’t like to be too much on the inside. I knew the horse was much better moved to the outside.”

We Be Stormin and Rock City Roadhog matched strides throughout much of the stretch. The 2-1 favorite held a narrow advantage on the inside in the final furlong, but We Be Storminbattled back to get up in the final stride.

Rock City Roadhog finished a length in front of Best of Birdstone, who was followed, in order, by Uneven Score, Bumpy Cat, Mallard’s Bro, Rattlesnake Holler, Bud Ro, He Is a Roadster and Dancing Stone.

We Be Stormin, the 3-1 second choice, paid $8.60, $4.60 and $3.20. Rock City Roadhog paid $4.40 and $3.60. Best of Birdstone paid $11.60.

We Be Stormin ran 6 furlongs over a sloppy track in 1:12.20 and increased his career earnings to $97,300. It was his third victory in four starts. 

The gelding is trained by Al Cates and races for the Arkansas-based Hogwild Stables.