Thursday, November 30, 2017
Four-time Oaklawn leading owner Danny Caldwell hit a Career Milestone Wednesday when he won his 700th race at Remington Park; Belmont Stakes winning jockey Alan Garcia will be riding his first meet in Hot Springs; Top 3-year-olds One Line and Malagacy are back in training and pointing toward 4-year-old campaigns.
Leading Owner Danny Caldwell Reaches Career Milestone
Danny Caldwell, Oaklawn’s leading owner the last four years, reached a career milestone when The Union Forever broke his maiden in Wednesday night’s fifth race at Remington Park.
The Union Forever represented the 700th career thoroughbred victory for Caldwell, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. Since running his first thoroughbred in 2003, the owner has won 700 of 3,341 starts and his horses have earned $13,486,974 in purse money.
Caldwell has already set career highs this year for starts (515), victories (127) and purse earnings ($2,914,993). Caldwell ranked eighth nationally in victories in 2014 (105), fourth in 2015 (117) and fifth last year (115). He ranks fourth this year.
Caldwell (32 victories) is the runaway leader in the owner standings at Remington Park as he nears his fourth consecutive personal triple crown.
Caldwell has topped the owner standings on his annual circuit of Oaklawn, Prairie Meadows and Remington Park every year since 2014.
Caldwell has 98 career victories at Oaklawn since 2008, with all but 12 coming in the last four years.
He won 24 races in 2014, 18 in 2015, 22 in 2016 and 22 in 2017.
Caldwell’s private trainer is Federico Villafranco. Ramon Vazquez, who rode The Union Forever, is Caldwell’s go-to jockey.
Alan Garcia to Ride at Oaklawn in 2018
Belmont Stakes winning jockey Alan Garcia will spend his first winter riding at Oaklawn, according to his agent Donnie Richardson. Garcia is currently among the top 10 riders at Woodbine, which concludes its meet Dec. 10.
“It’s been a while since I’ve been there, but I’ve always had good luck at Oaklawn,” Richardson said. “And, Alan and I have worked together before and had good luck. We’re looking forward to be there.”
Garcia, a 32-year-old native of Peru, the 2008 Belmont aboard longshot Da’Tara. Other top mounts include 2007 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Lahudood and Grade 1 winners Real Solution, Willy Beamin, Emcee, Stately Victory, Girolamo, Acoma, Swift Temper, Dyanforce, Divine Park and Visionaire.
Oaklawn stakes winners One Liner and Malagacy returned to the work tab earlier this month in south Florida in preparation for their 4-year-old campaigns.
Unbeaten One Liner, unraced since a powerful victory in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 20 at Oaklawn, had three published works in November, the last a half-mile move in :51.79 Monday at Palm Beach Downs. The son of Into Mischief is 3 for 3 in his career.
Malagacy, unraced since a fifth-place finish in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 15 at Oaklawn, worked 3 furlongs in :39.40 Monday at Palm Beach Downs.
Malagacy won his first three career starts, including the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 18 at Oaklawn, before suffering his first loss in the Arkansas Derby. He is a son of Preakness winner Shackleford.
Owner Staton Flurry of Hot Springs purchased a full brother to One Liner earlier this year after the colt RNA’d for $290,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
Flurry said the colt has been named Trivista after the Hot Springs neighborhood adjacent to Oaklawn. Flurry, who campaigns Oaklawn stakes winner Five O One, grew up in Trivista.
Following a fall break, multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Terra Promessa will prepare for her 5-year-old campaign at Fair Grounds, according to owner/breeder Stonestreet Stables LLC. Terra Promessa has won four Oaklawn stakes races for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, including the $400,000 Fantasy (G3) in 2016. Oaklawn’s first stakes race for older fillies and mares in 2018 is the $150,000 Bayakoa (G3) Feb. 17, a race Terra Promessa won this year. … Owner Staton Flurry of Hot Springs said Five O One, turned out following a third-place finish in an April 12 allowance race at Oaklawn, has resumed training and is pointing for a second-level allowance sprint for Arkansas-breds Jan. 28 at Oaklawn. Five O One captured the $100,000 Rainbow Stakes for 3-year-old Arkansas-bred colts and geldings last March at Oaklawn. … Among the Oaklawn-raced horses entered in Saturday’s Claiming Crown at Gulfstream Park is Ship Disturber in the $110,000 Express, a 6-furlong race restricted to runners that have started for a claiming price of $8,000 or less in their lifetime. Ship Disturber has won seven races this year, including two at Oaklawn.