Oaklawn Barn Notes - Jan. 19

January 22, 2014

Less than 24 hours after celebrating Tiz Miz Sue’s Eclipse Award nomination as champion older female at the awards banquet held at Gulfstream Park near Miami, FL, trainer Steve Hobby was back at Oaklawn to saddle his two starters on Sunday’s card and hopes to complete the holiday weekend with a victory in Monday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes with Fire Starter. Read More


January 20, 2014

No rider-trainer combination has been hotter than Norberto Arroyo Jr. and Cody Autrey since the start of the meet and on Monday, they combined to win the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes with Tanzanite Cat before a holiday crowd of 12,582. Read More


January 18, 2014

Don’t Tell Sophia didn’t let her fans that made her the prohibitive 2-to-5 favorite down when she drew off to win her second straight $100,000 Pippin Stakes Saturday before an on-track crowd of 12,248. Read More

Oaklawn Barn Notes - Jan. 17

January 17, 2014

The road to the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) and subsequent Triple Crown races begins Monday with the seventh running of the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes, which drew a field of 10. In its short history, the Smarty Jones, which carries 17 points towards eligibility for the Kentucky Derby, has produced multiple Grade 1 winner Flat Out, 2011 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Caleb’s Posse and the likely 2013 champion three-year-old Will Take Charge. Read More

Oaklawn Barn Notes - Jan. 16

January 16, 2014

Phil Sims and Jerry Namy’s Don’t Tell Sophia hopes to once again establish herself as one of Oaklawn’s leading older females when she goes for the repeat in Saturday’s $100,000 Pippin Stakes. The 6-year-old Congaree mare, who will face only five rivals, also won Oaklawn’s Bayakoa Stakes last year, was second in the Grade 3 Azeri Stakes and finished third in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap. Read More

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