RIDE ON CURLIN SEEKS FIRST STAKES VICTORY IN ESSEX

Ride On Curlin has never won a stakes race, but he’s the 2-1 morning line favorite for the $100,000 Essex Handicap for older horses Saturday at Oaklawn. The 1 1/16-mile Essex goes as race nine on a special 10-race program. Probable post time is 5:09 p.m. (Central). Racing begins Saturday at 1 p.m. (Central.).
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IVAN FALLUNOVALOT MADE FAVORITE FOR KING COTTON

Ivan Fallunovalot has been winning a lot, too and will shoot for his ninth victory in 15 lifetime starts in the $100,000 King Cotton Stakes for older sprinters Saturday afternoon at Oaklawn. Trained by Tom Howard, he has been installed the 2-1 program favorite for the King Cotton, which drew a field of eight, including two-time defending champion Apprehender.
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OAKLAWN PURSES ON THE RISE AGAIN

Oaklawn, having just enjoyed strong across-the-board business in the month of January, announced it is raising overnight purses between $1,000 and $3,000 per race effective Thursday, February 12. This increase gives Oaklawn the highest daily purse structure in America at this time of year.
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