Thursday, May 11, 2017
Up to Six Oaklawn-Raced Horses Eying Preakness
Six Oaklawn-raced horses are ticketed for the second leg of the Triple Crown, the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1) May 20 at Pimlico, including Classic Empire, Conquest Mo Money and Lookin At Lee, first through third, respectively, in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 15.
Also expected for the 1 3/16-mile Preakness are Royal Mo, ninth in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 18; Senior Investment, a Feb. 18 first-level allowance/optional claiming winner; and Hence, who broke his maiden Jan. 16.
Lookin At Lee (2nd), Classic Empire (fourth) and Hence (11th) exit last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. Conquest Mo Money had the necessary points to run in the Kentucky Derby, but his connections opted to wait for the Preakness. Royal Mo was the first also-eligible for the Kentucky Derby. Senior Investment has been pointing for the Preakness since a head victory in the $200,000 Lexington Stakes (G3) April 15 at Keeneland.
Post positions for the Preakness will be drawn Wednesday. A field of between 10 and 12 horses is expected.
Cistron is scheduled to break from post 7 in the $75,000 Desert Code Stakes for 3-year-olds Saturday at Santa Anita. Trained by John Sadler, Cistron is coming off a front-running one-length victory in the $150,000 Northern Spur Stakes at 1 1/16 miles April 15 at Oaklawn.
Probable post time for the Desert Code, which is about 6 ½ furlongs on the turf, is 4:30 p.m. (Central).
About a half-hour after the Desert Code, Santa Anita will run the $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds at 7 furlongs. Six horses are entered, including American Anthem, 10th as the favorite in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 18 at Oaklawn. Also entered is Aristocratic, sixth in the $125,000 Gazebo Stakes March 4 at Oaklawn.
The 2016 Barrera winner, I Will Score, was coming off a runner-up finish in the $150,000 Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn.
Five of the six entrants in Friday’s fourth race at Churchill Downs, a high-end conditioned allowance/optional claiming sprint, have raced in stakes events at Oaklawn. They are Bordini, Recount, Bayerd, Black Bear and Hebbronville, who will be making his first start for trainer Steve Hobby of Hot Springs. Hebbronville had been with trainer Lynn Whiting before his death last month. Also entered is Oaklawn winner Wilbo. … Defending champion Trace Creek is scheduled to make his 2017 debut in the $100,000 Hanshin Cup Stakes (G3) going a mile Saturday at Arlington for owner John Ed Anthony of Hot Springs and trainer Will VanMeter. Trace Creek, who trained this year in Hot Springs, won the $75,000 Arkansas Breeders’ Stakes in 2015 at Oaklawn. … Oaklawn stakes winner Super Saks and Oaklawn winner Her Love for Pappy are entered in the $65,000 Unbridled Sidney Overnight Stakes Saturday at Churchill Downs. The Unbridled Sidney is 5 furlongs on the turf. … Multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Streamline increased her career earnings to $690,666 with a third-place finish in the $300,000 La Troienne Stakes (G1) for fillies and mares last Friday at Churchill Downs. Streamline has finished first, second or third in 18 of 19 career starts. Her victories include the $100,000 Pippin Stakes in 2016 at Oaklawn and the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) March 18 at Oaklawn. … Ministry, in her first start against open company, ran third in a first-level allowance/optional claiming sprint last Friday at Churchill Downs. Ministry had made her first four career starts this year at Oaklawn, winning the $100,000 Rainbow Miss Stakes for 3-year-old Arkansas-bred fillies April 1. … Oaklawn’s top three trainers this year – Steve Asmussen (127), Robertino Diodoro (88) and Brad Cox (68) – rank first, fourth and eighth in victories nationally in 2017, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization.