Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Four Oaklawn Horses Under Consideration for Preakness.
At least four Oaklawn-raced horses, including Kentucky Derby fifth-place finisher Suddenbreakingnews, were under consideration Tuesday for the Preakness May 21 at Pimlico. In addition to Suddenbreakingnews, Cherry Wine, Collected and Dazzling Gem are candidates for the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Suddenbreakingnews received a career-high 96 Beyer Speed Figure in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The late-running gelding was beaten 4 ¾ lengths by unbeaten champion Nyquist, but only a neck for third. The Mineshaft gelding, who is trained by Donnie K. Von Hemel, received a 94 Beyer Speed Figure in a runner-up finish in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 16 at Oaklawn. He won the Southwest before finishing fifth in the Rebel.
Dazzling Gem, who won his first two career starts at Oaklawn, ran fourth in the Arkansas Derby, but didn’t have sufficient points to run in the Kentucky Derby.
Cherry Wine, fourth in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 19 at Oaklawn, was the second of two also-eligibles for the Kentucky Derby, but didn't drawn into the race.
Collected ran fourth as the favorite in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 15 at Oaklawn.
Miss Inclusive, who ran this year at Oaklawn, won the $100,000 Parx Oaks for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Parx. Trained by John Servis, Miss Inclusive was coming off an April 5 allowance victory at Parx. Before that start, Miss Inclusive ran fourth in a Feb. 21 entry-level allowance race at Oaklawn.
She was among four horses Servis shipped to Oaklawn after the meeting began Jan. 15. Servis won 1 of 6 starts in Hot Springs.
Miss Inclusive’s victory came a day after Servis saddled Cathryn Sophia to win the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs. The Kentucky Oaks is the country’s biggest race for 3-year-old fillies. Cathryn Sophia is owned by Cash is King Stable, which campaigned 2005 Arkansas Derby winner Afleet Alex.
Servis won the 2004 Arkansas Derby with Smarty Jones. Both Afleet Alex and Smarty Jones were named champion 3-year-old male.
Multiple stakes winner and millionaire Alsvid finished second in the $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint (G3) Friday at Churchill Downs for Chris Hartman, Oaklawn’s leading trainer in 2015. Alsvid won Oaklawn’s $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) last year. … Carve increased his career earnings to $955,640 with a third-place finish in Friday’s $200,000 Texas Mile (G3) at Lone Star Park for seven-time Oaklawn training champion Steve Asmussen. Carve, a career debut winner in 2013 at Oaklawn, needed to finish first or second in the Texas Mile to reach $1 million in career earnings. The gelding also won the $100,000 Fifth Season Stakes in 2015 at Oaklawn. … Rocket Time, a March 26 allowance/optional claiming winner at Oaklawn, won Saturday’s first race at Churchill Downs for trainer Al Stall and owner Frank Fletcher of North Little Rock, Ark. Saturday’s allowance/optional claiming victory was the seventh in 12 career starts for Rocket Time, who also ran fifth in the $100,000 Essex Handicap in 2015 at Oaklawn. Stall had a 7-2-0 record from 20 starts at this year’s Oaklawn meeting. … Wabel, who recorded the second-fastest 6-furlong time this year at Oaklawn, worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.20 Saturday at Churchill Downs. Wabel hasn’t started since winning a March 5 allowance race at Oaklawn because of a quarter-crack. He ran 6 furlongs in 1:09.03. The only faster 6-furlong time this year at Oaklawn was Subtle Indian’s 1:08.80 in winning the $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) April 10. Subtle Indian won the final major local prep for the Count Fleet, the $100,000 Hot Springs Stakes March 5, in 1:09.28 for 6 furlongs. … Graded stakes-placed Allied Air Raid, who broke his maiden at the 2015 Oaklawn meeting, finished third in his allowance/optional claimer comeback race Saturday at Churchill Downs. Brad Cox, among Oaklawn’s leading trainers this year, trains Wabel and Allied Air Raid.