Oaklawn News

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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Barn Notes: Jim Byers to Fill in for Vic Stauffer

The voice of Lone Star Park will be the voice of Oaklawn, at least for a few days. Jim Byers is scheduled to call Thursday’s final race and complete cards Friday, Saturday and Sunday while Vic Stauffer tests his handicapping skills in the 19th NTRA National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas; Wilbo did what his more heralded former stablemate couldn’t – he won the $125,000 King Cotton Stakes Saturday for older sprinters; Trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel said Thursday morning that his promising 3-year-old, Higher Power, should return to the track Friday.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes: Well-Bred Area Makes Debut Thursday

Area, from one of the most productive female families in Oaklawn history, is scheduled to make her career debut in Thursday’s sixth race; Inside Straight is the 2-1 program favorite for the $30,000 Turf Paradise Handicap Saturday at Turf Paradise, the 5-year-old Super Saver gelding’s final scheduled start before shipping to Oaklawn; Through the first 14 days of the scheduled 57-day meeting (two dates were lost to winter weather), David Cabrera and Brad Cox top the jockey and trainer standings, respectively, with a tie for leading owner.
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Barn Notes: Sporting Chance Works towards Debut in Southwest

Grade 1 winner Sporting Chance, in his most serious work to date at Oaklawn, breezed 6 furlongs from the gate in 1:13.80 over a fast track Sunday morning in advance of his scheduled 3-year-old debut in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 19; Exclamation Point, a 3-year-old half-brother to champion and 2017 Arkansas Derby winner Classic Empire, is probably headed for two turns following his front-running 2 ½-length career-debut victory in Saturday’s fourth race, trainer Brad Cox said Sunday morning.
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WILBO UPSETS IVAN FALLUNOVALOT IN KING COTTON

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018) – Chris Wilkins’ Wilbo got the early jump on even money favorite Ivan Fallunovalot for a second straight race and drew off to win by two lengths over the two-time King Cotton winner in Saturday’s 68th renewal of the $125,000 sprint stakes.
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