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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Big Weekend for Oaklawn Raced Horses
Two Oaklawn-raced horses, including a multiple stakes winner in Hot Springs, positioned themselves for a chance to secure an Eclipse Award with major victories Saturday at Saratoga.
Haveyougoneaway ($22) rallied for a half-length victory in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (G1) for female sprinters. A.P. Indian coasted to a 2 ½-length victory in the $700,000 Forego Stakes (G1) for sprinters.
Haveyougoneaway, who wintered the last three years at Oaklawn with trainer Allen Milligan and broke her maiden at the 2014 meeting, is a five-time stakes winner in 2016. She also won Oaklawn’s $100,000 American Beauty and $100,000 Spring Fever, $100,000 Dancing Renee July 3 at Belmont Park and $200,000 Honorable Miss (G2) July 27 at Saratoga.
Ridden Saturday by Hall of Famer John Velazquez, Haveyougoneaway ran 7 furlongs over a fast track in 1:21.63 to earn a preliminary Beyer Speed Figure of 99.
Haveyougoneaway made her first three career starts at the 2014 Oaklawn meeting, where at least one party inquired about privately purchasing the now-5-year-old New York-bred daughter of Congrats. She was sold after this year’s Oaklawn meeting and transferred to New York-based trainer Tom Morley.
Haveyougoneaway is now owned by Gary Barber and Sequel Racing. Overall, the mare has an 11-4-6 record from 26 career starts and earnings of $897,425.
A.P. Indian, second in a first-level allowance/optional claimer in 2014 at Oaklawn, surpassed $1 million in career earnings following his fourth consecutive victory this year (all stakes).
A.P. Indian, who was ridden Saturday by Joe Bravo, ran 7 furlongs over a fast track in a stakes-record 1:20.99 to earn a preliminary Beyer Speed Figure of 107. The 6-year-old Indian Charlie gelding paid $4.20 as the even-money favorite.
A.P. Indian was with trainer Rusty Arnold at the 2014 Oaklawn meeting, but is now trained by Arnaud Delacour. The third-place finisher in that 2014 Oaklawn race was future Grade 1 winner Moonshine Mullin.
Haveyougoneaway and A.P. Indian earned starting berths in the Breeders’ Cup because the Ballerina and Forego were both “Win and You’re In” events. The $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) and $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) are Nov. 5 at Santa Anita. Both races figure to impact voting for year-end honors in the male and female sprint categories.
Million Dollar Man
Ricardo Santana Jr., Oaklawn’s leading rider the last four years, surpassed $1 million in purse earnings at the prestigious Saratoga meeting with Reckling’s front-running 1 ¼-length victory in Saturday’s first race for 2-year-olds.
Santana reached seven figures on the 32nd day of the scheduled 40-day meeting and enters the final week of racing with $1,072,607 in purse earnings. Riding regularly at Saratoga for the first time this year, he has 13 victories to rank ninth in the standings.
Santana, 23, has normally ridden at Ellis Park and Indiana Grand during the summer. But the jockey’s agent, Ruben Munoz, said he opted for the much tougher venue because his main client, seven-time Oaklawn training champion Steve Asmussen, has greatly reduced his presence at Indiana Grand.
Munoz said he believed it would also be more beneficial to Santana’s career to try Saratoga – it has one of the highest purse structures in the country – rather than return to Ellis Park, which normally only runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Ellis closes its 30-day meeting Monday, with Corey Lanerie topping the standings in victories (22) and purse earnings ($494,251).
Led by Irad Ortiz Jr. ($4,284,999), Santana is one of 11 riders to reach $1 million purse earnings at Saratoga.
Santana set a single-season Oaklawn record for purse earnings this year ($4,064,073), reaching seven figures Feb. 21, the 24th day of the 55-day meeting.
Reckling, from the first crop of 2011 Florida Derby winner Dialed In, ran 6 furlongs over a fast track in 1:10.37 and paid $7.30 as the 5-2 favorite. Asmussen, inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame earlier this month, trains Reckling for longtime clients Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt.
Arkansas Derby/Belmont Stakes winner Creator will receive an extended break following a non-threatening seventh in the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (G1) Saturday at Saratoga. … Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel, Oaklawn’s leading rider in 1995 and 2001, finished third in his comeback race Saturday at Ellis Park. Borel hadn’t ridden since March 26 at Oaklawn after abruptly retiring three days later. … Forever Unbridled, winner of Oaklawn’s $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) April 15, finished third, beaten three-quarters of a length, in the $750,000 Personal Ensign (G1) Saturday at Saratoga. … Ron Moquett, Oaklawn’s third-leading trainer this year, won his first race of the Saratoga meeting in Monday’s 10th race with Johnny Obvious ($15.20). Moquett also owns the 2-year-old Wildcat Heir colt, who broke his maiden by 3 ¼ lengths. … Jon Court, Oaklawn’s leading rider in 2000, has 3,992 career victories, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization.