Oaklawn News

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Perfect Wife Eyes Oaklawn Stakes after Trapeze Score

Perfect Wife is likely to make her 3-year-old debut in the $125,000 Martha Washington Stakes Feb. 11 at Oaklawn following a blowout victory Sunday at Remington Park, trainer Kenny McPeek said.

In her stakes debut, Perfect Wife cruised to a five-length wire-to-wire victory in the $100,000 Trapeze Stakes for 2-year-old fillies under Corey Lanerie. She ran the mile over a fast track in 1:38.37 and paid $7.40 as the 5-2 second choice.

Finishing second in the Trapeze was Torrent, the 9-5 favorite for Ron Moquett of Hot Springs, Oaklawn’s third-leading trainer in 2016.

Perfect Wife, a winner of 2 of 3 career starts, is by Majesticperfection, a devastating allowance winner in 2010 at Oaklawn and runner-up for an Eclipse Award that year as champion male sprinter.

Torrent is out of Tidal Pool, winner of Oaklawn’s $100,000 Red Bud Stakes in 2011.

Also on Sunday’s closing-day card at Remington Park, late-running Miss Mo Kelly was an upset winner of the $100,000 She’s All In Handicap for fillies and mares.

Trained by Paul Holthus of Hot Springs, Miss Mo Kelly ($57.80) finished two lengths ahead of Chronologic’sghost, covering a mile and 70 yards in 1:42.65. Earlier this year, Miss Mo Kelly was a March 6 allowance winner at Oaklawn.

We Are the Champions

Familiar Oaklawn names topped the standings during the 67-day Remington Park meeting that ended Sunday.

Ramon Vazquez led all jockeys in victories (83) and purse earnings ($1,758,481), according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. It was the fourth consecutive Remington Park title for the jockey, Oaklawn’s second-leading rider in 2015 and 2016.

Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen won a meet-high 63 races and also led in purse earnings ($1,184,238), the only trainer to reach seven figures. It was the 12th Remington Park title for Asmussen, who was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in August.

Asmussen and Donnie K. Von Hemel, another Oaklawn regular, share the record for most training titles at Remington Park. Asmussen has also won seven Oaklawn training titles since 2007.

Danny Caldwell was the runaway leader among owners in victories (a record 50) and purse earnings ($862,830). It was the seventh consecutive Remington Park title for Caldwell, and eighth overall.

Caldwell won 29 percent of his starts and 60 percent of his 173 starters finished in the top three. He also completed his third consecutive personal Triple Crown – leading owner on his annual circuit of Oaklawn, Prairie Meadows and Remington Park.

Vazquez is Caldwell’s go-to rider at Oaklawn, Prairie Meadows and Remington Park.

Finish Lines

Oaklawn has more than 800 horses on the grounds. … Suddenbreakingnews worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.20 over a fast track Sunday morning at Oaklawn for trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel. Suddenbreakingnews won the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) in 2016 at Oaklawn before finishing runner-up in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) and fifth in the Kentucky Derby. Suddenbreakingnews was gelded following his last start, a fifth-place finish in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (G2) Aug. 6 at Mountaineer. … Warrior’s Club, winner of the $150,000 Spendthrift Stallion Stakes for 2-year-olds Oct. 30 at Churchill Downs, worked a half-mile in :50 Sunday morning at Oaklawn for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Spendthrift runner-up Cool Arrow was an easy winner of Sunday’s $300,000 Springboard Mile at Remington Park. … Two other Lukas stakes winners, Mr. Z and Super Saks, worked half-miles Sunday morning at Oaklawn in :49 and :49.60, respectively. … Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel has been getting on horses in the mornings at Oaklawn in advance of opening day, Jan. 13. … Didiel Osorio, riding at the Turfway Park holiday meet, got on three horses Tuesday morning at Oaklawn and has seven horses scheduled Wednesday morning before returning to Kentucky, according to his agent, Joe Santos. Osorio will be riding regularly at Oaklawn for the second consecutive year after winning four races in his 2016 debut.