Thursday, May 19, 2016

Two Oaklawn Runners among 11-Horse Preakness Field

A field of 11, including two Oaklawn-raced horses, is entered in the second leg of the Triple Crown, Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.

Among the horses scheduled to challenge unbeaten Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist in the 1 3/16-mile race are Collected, fourth in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 15, and Cherry Wine, fourth in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 19. The Southwest and Rebel were Oaklawn’s final major preps for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 16.

Cherry Wine, 20-1 on the morning line, is scheduled to break from the rail under Corey Lanerie. Collected (12-1) is scheduled to break from post 7 under Javier Castellano.

Collected is trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who won last year’s Preakness with American Pharoah. American Pharoah won the Rebel and Arkansas Derby before sweeping the Triple Crown.

Nyquist, the 3-5 program favorite, drew post 3.

Probable post time for the Preakness, which will be televised live by NBC, is 5:45 p.m. (Central).

Dazzling Gem Returns

Two Arkansas Derby graduates, including fourth-place finisher Dazzling Gem, are entered in the $100,000 Sir Barton Stakes Saturday at Pimlico.

Dazzling Gem won his first two career starts at Oaklawn before running third in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) March 26 at Fair Grounds and fourth in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 16 at Oaklawn. He is among 14 horses entered in the 1 1/16-mile Sir Barton and is the 9-2 second choice in the program. The son of Misremembered is scheduled to break from post 7 under Luis Saez and carry 116 pounds.

Dazzling Gem is campaigned by Brad Cox, a leading trainer at Oaklawn this year, and prominent Arkansas automobile dealer Steve Landers.

Also entered in the Sir Barton are Gettysburg, fifth in the Arkansas Derby, and Moon King, unplaced in two maiden races this winter at Oaklawn.

Probable post time for the Sir Barton is 3:40 p.m. (Central).

Familiar Result?

Counterforce will be seeking his second consecutive stakes victory in the $100,000 Chick Lang for 3-year-old sprinters Saturday at Pimlico.

Trained by Steve Asmussen Counterforce has made all three career starts at Oaklawn, winning his March 5 debut before finishing second, beaten a head, in a March 25 entry-level allowance race. In his last start, Counterforce was a two-length winner over I Will Score in the $150,000 Bachelor Stakes April 15.

I Will Score won Saturday’s $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes at Santa Anita. Bachelor third-place finisher Texas Chrome won Sunday’s $75,000 Texas Stallion Stakes at Lone Star

Asmussen, Oaklawn’s seven-time training champion, won last year’s Chick Lang with Holy Boss, who was exiting two victories in Hot Springs, including the Bachelor.

Counterforce, the 5-2 second choice in the program, is scheduled to break from post 6 under Florent Geroux and carry top weight of 120 pounds. He is trying to become the fourth Oaklawn stakes winner in the last decade to capture the Chick Lang, following Comedero (2010 Rainbow), Lantana Mob (2008 Bachelor) and Holy Boss. Lantana Mob was also trained by Asmussen.

Probable post time for the Chick Lang is 2:21 p.m. (Central).

Preakness Undercard

Two other Oaklawn-raced horses are scheduled to compete in stakes events on Saturday’s Preakness undercard.

Cinco Charlie drew post 4 for the $150,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap (G3). Trained by Steve Asmussen, he finished sixth in a Jan. 15 allowance/optional claimer at Oaklawn before running third in the track’s $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) April 10 in his last start.

Probable post time for the Maryland Sprint Handicap is 11:51 a.m. (Central).

Conquest Windycity, a Feb. 19 entry-level allowance winner at Oaklawn, drew post 5 for the $100,000 James W. Murphy Stakes.

Probable post time for the James w. Murphy Stakes is 12:28 p.m. (Central).

Finish Lines

Thirteen Arrows, runner-up in the $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes Feb. 20 at Oaklawn, is entered in Friday’s $100,000 Skipat Stakes at Pimlico. … Idolo Porteno, third in the $350,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) March 19 at Oaklawn, is entered in Friday’s $300,000 Pimlico Special Handicap (G3) at Pimlico. Also entered is Oaklawn-raced Noble Bird. … Theogony, runner-up in the $100,000 Pippin Stakes Jan. 17 at Oaklawn, is entered in Friday’s $150,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes (G3) at Pimlico. … Alex Canchari, Oaklawn’s third-leading rider this year, is named on nine horses for Friday’s opening-day card at Canterbury. Canchari rode 11 winners at Prairie Meadows before moving to Canterbury, his home track. … Oaklawn regular Chris Richard is tied for third in the Churchill Downs trainer standings with six victories. Richard saddled three winners last Thursday. …Win the Space, sixth as a maiden in last year’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn, won an allowance/optional claimer in his 4-year-old debut Sunday at Santa Anita.

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