Jennifer Hoyt, firstname.lastname@example.org (501) 623-4411 ex. 497
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Far Right Returns to Oaklawn to Prepare for 2016
Multiple stakes winner Far Right was among 61 horses stabled at Oaklawn Monday morning, the first day the track was open for training. Far Right was the top locally based 3-year-old male at the 2015 Oaklawn meeting, winning the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes and the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3), but hasn’t started since finishing sixth in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (G2) July 18 at Indiana Grand.
Trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs said the ridgling is expected to be pointed for Oaklawn’s series of two-turn stakes races for older horses next year, highlighted by the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) April 16.
Also on the grounds is Manille, a 3-year-old Northern Afleet filly who equaled Delaware Park’s 5 ½-furlong track record (1:02.68) in a maiden special weights victory in May for trainer Mac Robertson.
Among the early arrivals for trainer Al Cates of Hot Springs is Heat Road, a 2-year-old Bellamy Road colt who was beaten a neck as a 1-2 favorite Aug 14 at Louisiana Downs, his only career start.
Land of Enchantment?
Several Oaklawn connected runners are entered Wednesday at Zia Park, New Mexico track's biggest racing day.
Haveyougoneaway, who broke her maiden at the 2014 Oaklawn meeting and won an allowance/optional claimer this year in Hot Springs for trainer Allen Milligan, is entered in the $100,000 Zia Park Distaff Stakes at 6 furlongs. Three-time Oaklawn allowance winner Lasting Bubbles, trained by Kevin Peek, is also entered in the race
Bold Conquest is entered in the $200,000 Zia Park Derby for six-time Oaklawn training champion Steve Asmussen. He ran fourth in Oaklawn’s $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3), third in the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) and fifth in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1). Three-time Oaklawn riding champion Ricardo Santana Jr. is scheduled to ride him in the 1 1/16-mile race.
March 13 Oaklawn allowance winner Sweet Opportunity is entered in the $300,000 Zia Park Oaks at 1 1/16 miles.
March 26 Oaklawn allowance winner Texas Air, also trained by Milligan, is entered in the $150,000 Zia Park Championship Handicap at 1 1/8 miles. Multiple stakes winner Smack Smack will run in the race for trainer Don Von Hemel of Hot Springs. Smack Smack has trained at Oaklawn, but never raced in Hot Springs.
Bagging Another One
Bagg O’Day, who broke his maiden at the 2014 Oaklawn meeting for trainer Steve Hobby of Hot Springs, won Saturday’s $80,000 Bet On Sunshine Stakes at Churchill Downs. He finished three-quarters of a length ahead of W.B. Smudge, with Alsvid, winner of $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) this year, another half-length farther back in third.
Bagg O’Day, who was ridden by Joe Rocco Jr., ran 6 furlongs in 1:09.91. Earlier this year, he set a 6 ½-furlong track record (1:13.74) in the $50,000 Don Bernhardt Stakes July 18 at Ellis Park.
Saturday’s victory, the fifth in 17 starts overall, increased his earnings to $243,541.
Heykittykittykitty pushed her career earnings to nearly $500,000 with a victory in the $75,000 Mahoning Distaff Stakes Monday at Mahoning Valley.
A two-time allowance winner at the 2015 Oaklawn meeting, Heykittykittykitty covered 6 furlongs in 1:12.51 under Ricardo Santana Jr. Santana was Oaklawn’s leading rider the last three years. She finished in a dead-heat with Donita’s Ruler, but the latter was disqualified and placed second (interference in the stretch) following a stewards’ inquiry and claim of foul by Santana.
Heykittykittykitty, a five-time stakes winner, has a 10-8-1 record from 21 career starts and earnings of $495,161. The 4-year-old Oklahoma-bred daughter of Tactical Cat has earned $348,890 this year, with five victories and five seconds from 11 starts.
Ron Moquett of Hot Springs trains Heykittykittykitty for Little Rock, Ark.-based Westrock Stables LLC (Joe and Scott Ford).
Alex and JoAnn Lieblong of Conway, Ark., Oaklawn’s fourth-leading owners in 2015, had a pair of 2-year-old winners last week.
Knights Key, a son of Giant’s Causeway, overcame a sluggish start in a last-to-first victory at 6 ½ furlongs Fri-day at Churchill Downs. He is trained by Steve Hobby of Hot Springs and is a half-brother to Grade I winner Lochte.
Saturday at Parx, Save a Rose, a daughter of 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, broke her maiden going a mile for trainer Tony Dutrow.
The Lieblongs’ Mo for the Money, an Oct. 28 career debut winner at Belmont, drew the rail for Friday’s $150,000 King Swan’s Stakes at Aqueduct. He is from the first crop of champion Uncle Mo and also trained by Dutrow.
Oaklawn stakes veterans Bayerd and Hebbronville ran second and third, respectively, in Monday’s $200,000 Steel Valley Sprint Stakes, their seventh meeting this year. Bayerd has finished ahead of Hebbronville four times. Bayerd and Hebbronville finished second and sixth, respectively, in Oaklawn’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes. Bayerd finished second in Oaklawn’s $100,000 Gazebo Stakes and fourth in Oaklawn’s $100,000 Bachelor Stakes. Hebbronville ran third in both races. … Karl Broberg, who had seven winners at the 2015 Oaklawn meeting, remains the country’s runaway leader in training victories (382), according to Equibase, rac-ing’s official data gathering organization.