Oaklawn Report

 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

 

Honeybee Stakes winner It Tiz Well pulled a mild upset over Kentucky Oaks winner Abel Tasman in Saturday’s Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes at Parx; Oaklawn fan-favorite Ivan Fallunovalot won the David M. Vance Stakes at Remington Park for the fourth straight year; Oaklawn leading trainer Steve Asmussen and leading rider Ricardo Santana Jr. teamed to win four races Sunday at Remington, including the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby with Untrapped.

 

Honeybee Winner It Tiz Well Scores in Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes

 

It Tiz Well became the fourth winner of Oaklawn’s Honeybee Stakes to become a millionaire with a victory in the $1 million Cotillion Stakes (G1) for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Parx.

 

It Tiz Well ($12.60) finished two lengths ahead of divisional leader Abel Tasman in the 1 1/16-mile race and earned a preliminary Beyer Speed Figure of 98, which is a career high. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, she covered the distance over a fast track in 1:43.67.


It Tiz Well recorded her first career graded stakes victory in the $200,000 Honeybee (G3) March 11, a 1 1/16-mile event that has had six other starters return to win at least one stakes race, including Elate, Benner Island and Ever So Clever.

 

Elate, third in the Honeybee, captured the $600,000 Alabama (G1) Aug. 19 at Saratoga. Honeybee runner-up Benner Island won the $200,000 Eight Belles (G2) May 5 at Churchill Downs. Ever So Clever won the $400,000 Fantasy (G3) April 14 at Oaklawn after finishing fifth in the Honeybee.

 

Following the Honeybee, It Tiz Well won the $300,000 Delaware Oaks (G3) July 8 at Delaware Park and finished second to Elate in the Alabama.

 

Owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC and trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, she has earned $1,130,840 off a 5-2-2 record from 10 career starts.

 

Other Honeybee winners to reach $1 million in career earnings are Round Pond ($1,998,700), Joyful Victory ($1,252,679) and On Fire Baby ($1,090,190).

 

The Honeybee, which is Oaklawn’s final major prep for the Fantasy, was first run in 1988.

 

Ivan the Great

 

Multiple Oaklawn stakes-winning sprinter Ivan Fallunovalot moved closer to $1 million in career earnings with a three-length victory in the $150,000 David M. Vance Stakes Sunday at Remington Park.

 

Ivan Fallunovalot, who has won the Vance the last four years, has earned $945,803 for owner Lewis Mathews of Bismarck, Ark., and trainer Tom Howard of Hot Springs. On behalf of Mathews, Howard claimed the Texas-bred gelding for $25,000 at the 2014 Oaklawn meeting.

 

Ivan Fallunovalot, a 7-year-old son of Valid Expectations, has won 17 of 28 career starts, including Oaklawn’s $100,000 King Cotton Stakes in 2015 and 2016.

 

Ridden Sunday by Luis Quinonez, Oaklawn’s leading rider in 2007, Ivan Fallunovalot ran 6 furlongs over a fast track in 1:08.19. Smoke of Ages set the track record (1:08.10) in 1991.

 

Oaklawn winners Wings Locked Up and Counterforce finished second and third, respectively, in Vance. Counterforce won the $150,000 Bachelor Stakes in 2016 at Oaklawn.

 

Ivan Fallunovalot began 2017 with a fourth-place finish in the $125,000 King Cotton Feb. 4 and a second in the $125,000 Hot Springs Stakes March 11 at Oaklawn.

 

Four of a Kind

 

Perennial Oaklawn champions, Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Ricardo Santana Jr., teamed for four stakes victories Sunday at Remington Park, including Untrapped in the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3).

 

Owned by Mike Langford of Jonesboro, Ark., Untrapped ($24.60) ran twice this year at Oaklawn, finishing third in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 18 and sixth in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 15.

 

In the Oklahoma Derby, Untrapped finished 1 ¾ lengths ahead of Battle of Midway and covered 1 1/8 miles over a fast track in 1:48.62.

 

Asmussen and Santana also teamed to win the $50,000 Flashy Lady Stakes for female sprinters with Golden Mischief ($5.40). Golden Mischief, via a race-related disqualification for interference early in the race, won the $150,000 Purple Martin Stakes March 25 at Oaklawn.

 

Asmussen has won eight Oaklawn training titles since 2007. Santana has been Oaklawn’s leading rider the last five years. The duo also finished second in Sunday’s $200,000 Remington Park Oaks with Ever So Clever. Ever So Clever won the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) April 14 at Oaklawn.

 

Finish Lines

 

Pinch Hit, who broke her maiden March 23 at Oaklawn, won the $100,000 Dogwood Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Churchill Downs. Jon Court, Oaklawn’s leading rider in 2000, rode Pinch Hit ($12.20) for Brad Cox, third in Oaklawn’s trainer standings this year. … Odds-on favorite Get Jets, fifth in his 3-year-old debut, a 2016 allowance race at Oaklawn, won the $125,000 Ashley T. Cole Stakes for New York-breds Sunday at Belmont Park. … Petrov, runner-up in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 16 at Oaklawn and $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 20 at Oaklawn, finished third in the $300,000 Gallant Bob Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old sprinters Saturday at Parx.

 

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