Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Borel Back in the Saddle

Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel, Oaklawn’s leading rider in 1995 and 2001, is scheduled to make his comeback Aug. 27 at Ellis Park.

Borel, 49, had been getting on horses in the morning before Monday’s announcement that he would return to the saddle. He abruptly retired March 29, three days after his last mount at Oaklawn. He rode seven winners this year at Oaklawn and has 947 overall in Hot Springs, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization.

Borel has 5,146 career victories – 27th-highest total in North American history – and purse earnings of $127,087,376. He became the 26th jockey in North American history to reach 5,000 victories March 7, 2013, at Oaklawn. He rode his first winner in 1983.

Borel, who was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2013, will be represented by Frank Bernis.

Caldwell Takes Leading Owner Title at Prairie Meadows

Danny Caldwell finished with 42 victories to claim his third consecutive owner’s title at Prairie Meadows, which concluded its spring/summer meeting Saturday.

Caldwell captured his third consecutive Oaklawn owner’s title earlier this year and can complete his third consecutive personal triple crown this fall at his home track, Remington Park in Oklahoma City. He has topped the standings at Remington, which opened Friday, six consecutive years.

Caldwell also led all owners in purse earnings ($733,930) at Prairie Meadows.

In the Prairie Meadows jockey standings, Ramon Vazquez edged Alex Birzer 84-83 to claim the title.

Birzer ($1,687,566) and Vazquez ($1,660,953) were 1-2 in purse earnings.

Vazquez and Birzer finished second and fifth, respectively, this year at Oaklawn.

Karl Broberg, who won three races this year at Oaklawn, was the runaway leader in the trainer standings at Prairie Meadows with 60 victories. Broberg ($1,100,907) and Oaklawn regular Kelly Von Hemel ($1,001,937) were the only trainers to reach $1 million in purse earnings.

Straight to the Point

Point Piper, third in the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) April 16 at Oaklawn, set a track record in the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) Sunday at Emerald Downs.

Point Piper, who was ridden by Mario Gutierrez, ran the mile in 1:32.90 over a fast track and paid $12.20. Point Piper earned a preliminary Beyer Speed Figure of 103 for his 4 ¾-length victory. Co-owner and trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, the horse won for the fifth time in 24 lifetime starts to increase his earnings to $389,135.

In the Oaklawn Handicap, Point Piper was part of a 1-2-3 sweep for runners exiting this year’s $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (G1) March 12 at Santa Anita.

Oaklawn Handicap winner Effinex won the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (G2) July 9 at Belmont Park. Oaklawn Handicap runner-up Melatonin won the $500,000 Gold Cup (G1) June 25 at Santa Anita in his last start. The Longacres Mile is the biggest race in the Pacific Northwest.

Finish Lines

Arkansas Derby/Belmont Stakes winner Creator worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.50 over a fast main track Monday morning at Saratoga for newly minted Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, who has won seven Oaklawn titles since 2007. … The Asmussen-trained Counterforce, winner of Oaklawn’s $150,000 Bachelor Stakes April 15, shared the 5-furlong main-track bullet Monday at Saratoga (1:00.20). … Lukas won his first race of the Saratoga meeting Saturday with 2-year-old Royal Copy, from the first crop of 2012 Arkansas Derby winner Bodemeister. Under Luis Saez, Royal Copy ($8.10) covered 7 furlongs in 1:23.84. Lukas’ long-time clients Robert Baker and William Mack purchased the colt for $350,000 at the OBS April 2-year-old sale. … Not This Time, a 2-year-old Giant’s Causeway colt, broke his maiden by 10 lengths Friday at Ellis Park for trainer Dale Romans. Not This Time, a half-brother to 2015 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) winner Liam’s Map, is out of Miss Macy Sue, who captured the $50,000 Carousel Stakes in 2007 at Oaklawn. Miss Macy Sue was trained by Oaklawn regular Kelly Von Hemel.

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