Oaklawn News

Barn Notes: Oaklawn to Offer 10 Races, $1,522,000 in Purses for Monday’s Southwest Stakes Card

Monday’s card at Oaklawn, the richest Presidents’ Day card in the country, drew a total of 97 entries, highlighted by 11-horse fields in both the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) and $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3). The Southwest, which offers 17 total points toward Kentucky Derby eligibility, is carded as the ninth at 5:10 p.m. and the Razorback is one race earlier at 4:35 p.m.
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Barn Notes: Far Right Riding Home Court Advantage into Monday’s Razorback

The most accomplished horse, at least in races at Oaklawn, scheduled to run in Monday’s $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) is Far Right, co-owned by Harry Rosenblum of Little Rock, Ark., and trained by Wayne Catalano; Three Oaklawn stakes winners headline seven older fillies and mares entered in Saturday’s $150,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) at 1 1/16 miles; Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens is the special guest for Saturday’s Dawn at Oaklawn, a weekly question and answer session hosted by Oaklawn paddock analyst Nancy Holthus.
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Barn Notes: Lukas Finalizes Plans for Top 3-Year-Olds

D. Wayne Lukas has finalized immediate plans for two of his top 3-year-old prospects, the Hall of Fame trainer said Wednesday morning; Newcomer David Cabrera regained the lead in the jockey standings with a three-win day Saturday; Unbeaten Amy’s Challenge worked a half-mile in :51.20 over a fast track Tuesday morning, her first breeze since winning the $125,000 Dixie Belle Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Jan. 20.
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Barn Notes: Presidents’ Day Weekend Stakes Coming Together

Pippin winner Farrell, Streamline and Terra Promessa are among the probables for Saturday’s $150,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) and large fields are expected for Monday’s two $500,000 stakes – the Southwest (G3) and Razorback (G3); Unbeaten Amy’s Challenge is scheduled to return to the work tab early next week to begin major preparations for the $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies March 10, trainer Mac Robertson said Sunday morning.
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RED RUBY MAKES WINNING DEBUT IN MARTHA WASHINGTON

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018) – Sandra Sexton and Brandi Nicholson’s Red Ruby set herself up as a filly to watch along the Kentucky Oaks trail when she drew off to win the $125,000 Martha Washington by 2 ½ lengths in her 3-year-old debut. In the process, she earned 10 points towards eligibility in the Oaks May 4.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes: Lukas Eying Options for Bravazo Should Southwest Stakes Split

Bravazo is entered in the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds Feb. 17, but could stay at home to run in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 19 should Oaklawn split the race into two divisions; Leandro Goncalves is “tentatively” scheduled to resume riding Feb. 16 after being injured in Friday’s second race, the jockey’s agent, Chuck Costanzo, said Saturday morning.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes: Nicholson Hoping Oaklawn Experience Remains Perfect

Owner-breeder Brandi Nicholson has had winning experiences the only other two times she’s visited Oaklawn. She is hoping that streak continues with Red Ruby in Saturday’s $125,000 Martha Washington Stakes; Jon Court, Oaklawn’s leading rider in 2000, recorded his 650th victory in Hot Springs in Thursday’s ninth race, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization.
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