Oaklawn News

Barn Notes: McKnight Making Most of First Meet at Oaklawn

Following a slow start, training newcomer Norman McKnight continues to climb the standings at Oaklawn, ranking seventh through 26 days of racing; No owner has done more with less at the meeting than James Rogers’ Black Hawk Stable, which won with its first five starters this season; Steve Asmussen ($1,028,766) became the first trainer to reach $1 million in purse earnings at the meet Saturday, the 26th day of racing.
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Barn Notes: Sporting Chance Returns to Track Following Southwest

Grade 1 winner Sporting Chance has returned to the track to begin preparations for his scheduled start in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 17, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Saturday morning; Pin Oak Stable’s Higher Power remains under consideration to make his stakes debut in the $900,000 Rebel (G2) March 17, trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel said Saturday morning; Oaklawn’s early Pick 4 will now start with Race 1 after the Arkansas Racing Commission approved the change Saturday morning
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MINISTRY FAVORED IN DOWNTHEDUSTYROAD

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, Feb. 23, 2018) – Starfish Stable LLC’s Ministry is the 9-5 program favorite for the $100,000 Downthedustyroad Breeders’ Stakes Saturday at Oaklawn, a 6-furlong race for Arkansas-bred females.
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IMPRESSIVE MAIDEN WINNER MITOLE LEADS GAZEBO FIELD

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, Feb. 23, 2018) – Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen has unleashed several eye-catching winners this year at Oaklawn and maybe the most impressive was William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Mitole, the 1-2 program favorite for Saturday’s $125,000 Gazebo Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters.
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Barn Notes: Petrov Looking at a Stakes For Next Start

Petrov will be considered for a return to stakes action following his comeback victory in Sunday’s eighth race at Oaklawn, an allowance/optional claiming sprint, co-owner/trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs said; Eskimo Kisses became the fifth Lasix-free winner of the meet with a powerful performance in Thursday’s eighth race, a first-level allowance/optional claimer for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles; Five-time defending champion Ricardo Santana won Thursday’s first race aboard Reverend Sam ($21) to take the outright lead in the rider standings for the first time this season
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WORLD FAMOUS BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES TO APPEAR AT OAKLAWN

The world famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, are scheduled to make several appearances in the Hot Springs area March 16 and 17, including one at Oaklawn in conjunction with Rebel Stakes Weekend and World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade®.
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Plans Pending For Southwest Stakes Winner My Boy Jack

Next-race plans are pending for My Boy Jack, who was to be flown to his Southern California base Wednesday following a dominant performance in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds Monday at Oaklawn; She Beast, a 3-year-old half-sister to Grade 1-winning sprinter The Big Beast, is scheduled to make her career debut in Thursday’s seventh race for trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs and owners Alex and JoAnn Lieblong of Conway, Ark.
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HAWAAKOM EARNS THE GRADE IN $500,000 RAZORBACK HANDICAP

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Monday, Feb. 19, 2018) – Veteran runner Hawaakom benefitted from a rail skimming ride by jockey Corey Lanerie to earn his first graded stakes victory in Monday’s $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3). It was also the first graded stakes win for his trainer Wes Hawley, who co-owns the 8-year-old Jazil gelding with Stephan Smoot.
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