Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Ivan the Great

Multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Ivan Fallunovalot was honored as the Texas Thoroughbred Association’s 2015 Horse of the Year and champion older horse during its annual awards banquet Saturday night at Lone Star Park.

Ivan Fallunovalot won 4 of 7 starts last year, including the $150,000 Remington Park Sprint Cup at Remington Park and $100,000 King Cotton Stakes at Oaklawn for owner Lewis Mathews of Bismarck, Ark., and trainer Tom Howard of Hot Springs.

Ivan Fallunovalot also ran ninth in the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Keeneland to finish the year with $312,200 in earnings. He won the $100,000 King Cotton Stakes Jan. 30 in his 6-year-old debut.

On behalf of Mathews, Howard claimed the Texas-bred son of Valid Expectations for $25,000 at the 2014 Oaklawn meeting. He recently returned to training after being given plenty of time to heal a quarter crack.

Promise Me Silver was honored as the TTA’s champion 3-year-old Texas-bred filly. Her 2015 victories included the $100,000 Dixie Belle Stakes and $100,0000 Instant Racing Stakes at Oaklawn.

The TTA had announced equine winners during the spring.

2015 Apple Blossom Winner Untapable Retired

Champion Untapable was retired following a fourth-place finish as the 3-5 favorite in the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2) Saturday at Churchill Downs, owner/breeder Ron Winchell announced Sunday.

Untapable’s final career victory came in the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) April 10, 2015, at Oaklawn. Despite going winless following the Apple Blossom, she was never worse than third while competing in mostly Grade 1 races last year. She finished fourth in this year’s Apple Blossom and was second in the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) March 19 at Oaklawn.

Untapable won 6 of 7 starts as a 3-year-old, including the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) and $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1).

Trained by seven-time Oaklawn champion Steve Asmussen, the 5-year-old daughter of super sire Tapit retires with a 9-5-2 record from 20 lifetime starts and earnings of $3,926,625.

Milestone for Robertson

Trainer Mac Robertson recorded his 1,000th career victory when Thunder and Honey won the seventh race Saturday at Canterbury Park in suburban Minneapolis, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization.

Robertson, 42, annually winters at Oaklawn and was the track’s second-leading trainer in 2013 with 28 victories.

Robertson is best known for saddling the popular Win Willy to victories in the $300,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) in 2009 at Oaklawn (at odds of 56-1) and $350,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) in 2011 at Oaklawn. Win Willy also won the $75,000 Fifth Season Stakes in 2011 at Oaklawn and retired with $1,023,063 in career earnings.

Robertson won his first race in 1994, according to Equibase, and has 1,002 victories from 4,419 starts. His horses have earned $23,576,471 in purses.

Robertson won nine consecutive training titles at Canterbury (2005-2013) and is a member of its Hall of Fame.

Finish Lines

Four-time Oaklawn riding champion Ricardo Santana Jr. won the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2) Saturday at Churchill Downs aboard Paid Up Subscriber ($14.60). The Fleur de Lis was Santana’s biggest victory since his first in a Grade 1 event, the $1 million Arkansas Derby April 16 at Oaklawn. Arkansas Derby winner Creator went on to win the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown. … Channing Hill, who finished fourth in the Oaklawn standings, won the $200,000 Wise Dan Stakes (G2) Saturday at Churchill Downs aboard Pleuven ($17.20). Hill has 999 career victories, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. … Gray Sky, eighth in this year’s Arkansas Derby, finished second in the $100,000 Matt Winn Stakes (G3) Saturday at Churchill Downs. Texas Chrome finished third in the Matt Winn. Texas Chrome ran third in the $150,000 Bachelor Stakes April 15 at Oaklawn. … Brad Cox, Oaklawn’s fourth in this year’s Oaklawn trainer standings, has 491 career victories, according to Equibase. … Jon Court, Oaklawn’s leading rider in 2000, has 3,976 career victories, according to Equibase. Court was Oaklawn’s sixth-leading rider this year with 29 victories. … Owner Frank Fletcher of North Little Rock, Ark., who has campaigned several Oaklawn stakes winners, purchased a 2-year-old City Zip colt for an OBS June record $800,000 Friday. The colt will go to trainer Al Stall

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