Oaklawn News

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, Feb. 24, 2017) – Easter Indy picked up her second win of the meet and her second straight win in the $100,000 Downthedustyroad Breeders’ Stakes with her one-length victory in Friday’s feature race at Oaklawn.

With regular rider Walter De La Cruz in the irons, Easter Indy broke sharply from the far outside post and was forwardly placed in fourth as Nikki’s Rose led the field through early fractions of :22 2/5 and :46 2/5 for the first half mile. The winner ranged up in the three path to challenge the front runners entering the stretch and edged clear late to win the six-furlong race over Lady Lake in 1:11 3/5 on a fast track. Nikki’s Rose held on for third.

“We didn't run her much through the year after she ran here last year,” trainer Bill Martin said. “And, the first time I brought her in, she seemed like she just washed out in the first race real bad. So we started bringing her over here to the paddock and to the infield yesterday, working on her mentally, and it seemed like it paid off. I was hoping for this kind of race. I didn't know what was going to happen. My luck’s been bad all year here, but it worked out good today.”

Roxy Rocket, Avisionofchocolate, 2-1 favorite Fastanista, Jeri Bella, Pink Flash and Chilean Queen  completed the order of finish. Dutch Parrot and I Be Jeannie B were scratched and are both being pointed toward allowance races.

Easter Indy improved her record to 5-1-2 in 15 starts and has now earned $282,440 for her owners John and Libbie Thiel and Martin Brothers Inc. The 5-year-old A.P. Million mare, bred by the Thiels, returned $9.60, $4.60 and $3.20 as the 7-2 second choice in the field.

Live racing resumes Saturday at Oaklawn with a nine-race card beginning at 1 p.m. The feature of the day is the $100,000 Nodouble Breeders’ Stakes where Weast Hill will attempt to go a perfect eight for eight at Oaklawn against his fellow Arkansas-bred sprinters. The race is named for the 1968 Arkansas Derby winner Nodouble, who is the greatest Arkansas-bred money winner in history.