Thursday, July 06, 2017
Oaklawn will be well represented in the annual Iowa Festival of Racing Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Prairie Meadows; Honeybee Stakes winner It Tiz Well is the 8-5 morning line favorite for the $300,000 Delaware Oaks (G3) Saturday at Delaware Park.
Oaklawn Runners Well Represent During Iowa Festival of Racing
Oaklawn will be well represented in the annual Iowa Festival of Racing Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Prairie Meadows. The Festival features six stakes – two each day – highlighted by Saturday’s $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (G3) at 1 1/8 miles.
Thursday’s races are the $100,000 Saylorville for fillies and mares at 6 furlongs and the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (G3) at 1 1/16 miles. The Iowa Oaks has lured 10 horses, including Oaklawn stakes winners Ever So Clever and Chanel’s Legacy.
Ever So Clever, the 7-2 program favorite, won Oaklawn’s biggest event for 3-year-old fillies, the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) April 14 for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen. Chanel’s Legacy, the 4-1 second choice in the program, won the $125,000 Dixie Belle Stakes Jan. 21 and $125,000 Martha Washington Stakes Feb. 11 for trainer Lynn Chleborad.
Also entered in the Iowa Oaks are Oaklawn maiden special weights graduate Swing and Sway and Tapa Tapa Tapa, fourth in the $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) March 11. The Honeybee is Oaklawn’s final major prep for the Fantasy.
Probable post time for the Iowa Oaks is 9:50 p.m. (Central).
The Asmussen-trained Chanteline is the 2-1 program favorite for the Saylorville. Chanteline ran second in the $150,000 Carousel Stakes April 8 at Oaklawn. Oaklawn-raced Thoughtless is 7-2 on the morning line. Hailstorm Slew, a Jan. 19 allowance/optional claiming winner at Oaklawn, is 4-1. Another 2017 Oaklawn winner, Dreamin, is 9-2.
Probable post time for the Saylorville is 9:17 p.m. (Central).
Some of Oaklawn’s leading 3-year-olds this year, including Silver Dust and Petrov, are entered in Friday’s $250,000 Iowa Derby (G3) at 1 1/16 miles. Silver Dust and Petrov finished seventh and ninth, respectively, in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 15.
Also entered in the Iowa Derby are Oaklawn-raced Jerrid and Balandeen and Hence, who broke his maiden Jan. 16 to give Asmussen his 500th career victory in Hot Springs. Hence ran seventh in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 20 at Oaklawn before winning the $800,000 Sunland Derby (G3) March 26 at Sunland Park. He then ran 11th in the Kentucky Derby and ninth in the Preakness.
Petrov, the 7-2 program favorite, is scheduled to break from the rail under Ricardo Santana Jr., Oaklawn’s leading rider the last five years. Earlier this year, he ran second in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 16 at Oaklawn and the Southwest.
Probable post time for the Iowa Derby is 9:50 p.m. (Central).
Several Oaklawn-raced horses are entered in Friday’s $100,000 Iowa Distaff Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, including Divine Elegance. Divine Elegance won two allowance races this year at Oaklawn before finishing fifth in the track’s $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) April 14.
Probable post time for the Iowa Distaff is 9:17 p.m. (Central).
The Cornhusker has drawn a field of nine, including Oaklawn-raced Shotgun Kowboy, Hawaakom, Conquest Windycity, American Dubai, Code West and Texas Chrome. Shotgun Kowboy won two allowance/optional claiming races this year at Oaklawn. Hawaakom ran second to Gun Runner in the $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) Feb. 20 at Oaklawn.
Probable post time for the Cornhusker is 7:50 p.m. (Central).
Among the six horses entered in Saturday’s $100,000 Iowa Sprint Handicap at 6 furlongs are Oaklawn-raced Boalt Hall, Apprehender, Wings Locked Up, Storm Advisory and Union Jackson. Storm Advisory won the $125,000 King Cotton Stakes Feb. 4 at Oaklawn. Apprehender won the King Cotton in 2013 and 2014.
Probable post time for the Iowa Sprint is 7:17 p.m. (Central).
All is Well?
It Tiz Well is the 8-5 program favorite for the $300,000 Delaware Oaks (G3) at 1 1/16 miles Saturday at Delaware Park. Trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, It Tiz Well won the $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) March 11 at Oaklawn.
The Honeybee has been one of Oaklawn’s most productive races this year, with five of the 11 starters returning to win stakes races and two others scoring in allowance/optional claiming company.
It Tiz Well and fourth-place finisher Tapa Tapa Tapa are two of the four starters without a victory since the Honeybee. Tapa Tapa Tapa is entered in the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (G3) Thursday at Prairie Meadows.
The Honeybee was the final major prep for Oaklawn’s biggest race for 3-year-old fillies, the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) April 14.
Probable post time for the Delaware Oaks is 5:35 p.m. (Central).
Senior Investment, a first-level allowance/optional claiming winner Feb. 18 at Oaklawn, is entered in the $1.2 million Belmont Derby Invitational (G1) at 1 ¼ miles on the turf Saturday at Belmont Park. … Oaklawn-raced Oak Brook is entered in the $100,000 Arlington Handicap (G3) at 1 3/16 miles on the turf Saturday at Arlington Park. … Oaklawn-raced Bonita Cat is entered in the $100,000 Modesty Handicap (G3) Saturday at Arlington Park. The race is for fillies and mares at 1 3/16 miles on the grass. … Oaklawn-raced Toews On Ice and Tanner’s Popsicle are entered in the $55,000 Special Stakes for sprinters Saturday at Albuquerque. … Oaklawn-raced Miss Inclusive is entered in the $50,000 Dashing Beauty Stakes for female sprinters Saturday at Delaware Park. … Luis Contreras, Oaklawn’s fifth-leading rider this year, won the $1 million Queen’s Plate, Canada’s equivalent of the Kentucky Derby, Sunday at Woodbine aboard Holy Helena, a daughter of Ghostzapper. Contreras won 31 races in his first Oaklawn stint this year. … Alex Canchari, Oaklawn’s co-third-leading rider this year with 45 victories, returned to action Monday at Canterbury Park after suffering a broken hand June 17. Canchari is fifth in the Canterbury standings with 18 victories. … Geovanni Franco, who also rode 45 winners this year at Oaklawn, was named on one horse Tuesday at Santa Anita. Franco hasn’t ridden since fracturing his wrist in a May 13 spill at Churchill Downs. … Brad Cox, Oaklawn’s third-leading trainer this year, won races at three tracks Sunday – Green Mask in the $250,000 Highland Stakes (G2) at Woodbine, Sensitive in an allowance at Ellis Park and Dowse’s Beach in an allowance/optional claimer at Belmont Park. Sensitive was Cox’s first starter for LNJ Foxwoods, which campaigns Nickname, runner-up in the $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) and $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes for 3-year-old fillies last year at Oaklawn. … Calvin Borel, Oaklawn’s leading rider in 1995 and 2001, was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame last month. Borel, 50, is a three-time winner of the Kentucky Derby (2007, 2009 and 2010) and was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2013. Borel has 952 career victories at Oaklawn, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization.