Oaklawn News

Probable post time for the Gazebo, which goes as race 8 on a nine-race program, is 4:38 p.m. (Central). Doors open Saturday at 11 a.m., with first post 1:05 p.m.

A son of Eskendereya, Mitole is coming off a front-running 10-length maiden victory Feb. 3. Mitole covered 6 furlongs over a fast track in 1:09.75, bettering the time posted by Wilbo (1:09.85) in the preceding race, the $125,000 King Cotton Stakes for older sprinters. Mitole earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 96, which towers over the rest of the projected Gazebo starters.

The Gazebo field from the rail out: Drc Inclusive, David Cabrera to ride, 115 pounds, 10-1 on the morning line; Direct Dial, Gary Stevens, 119, 5-1; Mitole, Ricardo Santana Jr., 115, 1-2; Bourne in Nixa, Ramon Vazquez, 119, 9-2; Inge, David Cohen, 115, 12-1; and Wild Caramelo, Richard Eramia, 115, 15-1.

Direct Dial, also trained by Asmussen, finished second in the $150,000 Tremont Stakes last June at Belmont Park and was second, beaten 2 ¼ lengths, in the $50,000 Groovy Stakes Jan. 28 at Sam Houston in his 3-year-old debut.

Bourne in Nixa finished second in his 3-year-old debut, the $60,000 Big Drama Stakes Jan. 13 at Delta Downs, for trainer Steve Margolis.

Asmussen has at least one stakes victory every year at Oaklawn since 1996, including the 2003 Gazebo with King Henny.