Thursday, July 28, 2016

Arkansas Derby and Belmont Stakes Winner Creator Returns Saturday

A good Saturday at Saratoga for trainer Steve Asmussen will likely mean a good day for Oaklawn. Asmussen has entered three Oaklawn stakes winners on the 11-race card, including Arkansas Derby winner Creator in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (G2).

Creator, one of the nation’s top 3-year-olds, will be making his first start since a nose victory over Destin in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) June 11 at Belmont Park. The Tapit colt will be backing up from 1 ½ miles to 1 1/8 miles in the Jim Dandy, the major local prep for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (G1) Aug. 27.

Creator is scheduled to break from the rail under Irad Ortiz Jr. and carry top weight of 123 pounds.

Also entered in the Jim Dandy are Laoban, Mohaymen, Destin, Governor Malibu and Race Me Home.

Probable post time for the Jim Dandy is 5:18 p.m. (Central).

Creator ran three times at Oaklawn, breaking his maiden Feb. 27 before running third in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 19 and winning the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 16.

Graeme Hall won the Arkansas Derby and Jim Dandy in 2000. Oaklawn maiden winner Medaglia d’Oro won the Jim Dandy in 2002. Purge (Rebel runner-up/Arkansas Derby fifth) won the Jim Dandy in 2004.

Flower Alley won the Jim Dandy in 2005 after finishing second in the Arkansas Derby. In 2009, Kensei was an allowance/optional claiming winner at Oaklawn in his 3-year-old debut before winning the Jim Dandy.

Asmussen, Oaklawn’s seven-time training champion, has also entered Counterforce in Saturday’s $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs. Counterforce won the $150,000 Bachelor Stakes April 15 at Oaklawn.

Holy Boss won the Bachelor and Amsterdam last year for Asmussen. He is entered in Saturday’s $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Stakes (G1) at 6 furlongs.

Probable post time for the Amsterdam is 1:41 p.m. (Central). Probable post time for the Vanderbilt is 4:40 p.m. (Central).

Another Rematch

Subtle Indian and Alsvid are scheduled to meet in the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (G1) at 6 furlongs Sunday at Del Mar.

Alsvid ran third to Subtle Indian in a Jan. 15 allowance/optional claimer at Oaklawn, third to Subtle Indian in the $100,000 Hot Springs Stakes March 5 at Oaklawn and second to Subtle Indian in the $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) April 10 at Oaklawn.

Subtle Indian was the only four-time winner this year at Oaklawn.

Beau’s Town won the Count Fleet and Bing Crosby in 2003 for the late Cole Norman, who won 71 races that year at Oaklawn to set a single-season record for trainers.


Smiling Tiger won the Bing Crosby in 2010 and the Count Fleet the following year.

Finish Lines

Multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Haveyougoneaway won the $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap (G2) Wednesday at Saratoga. Haveyougoneaway won Oaklawn’s $100,000 American Beauty Stakes Jan. 23 and $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes Feb. 20. … Brad Cox, fourth in Oaklawn’s trainer standings, has two horses entered Thursday at Indiana Grand. Cox has 499 career victories, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. … Jon Court, Oaklawn’s leading jockey in 2000, has 3,978 career victories, according to Equibase.

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