Oaklawn News

Gary Stevens working horses at Oaklawn

Stevens is named on 15 horses over the first three days of the meet; Friday’s opening race of the meeting is scheduled to feature Pray Hard, a 7-year-old Kafwain gelding trained by Southern California-based Doug O’Neill, who has a string at Oaklawn for the first time this year. He is one of several horses on the grounds that survived the devastating fires at San Luis Rey Training Center.
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Barn Notes: Stakes Winner Farrell Gets Acquainted With Oaklawn Ahead of Pippin

Farrell took her first spin over the Oaklawn surface Wednesday morning in preparation for her 4-year-old debut in Saturday’s $125,000 Pippin Stakes for older fillies and mares; Grade 1 winner Sporting Chance returned to the work tab Tuesday morning at Oaklawn, breezing 3 furlongs in :37 over a fast track for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who is targeting the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 19 and $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 17 for the colt’s 3-year-old debut.
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Oaklawn kicks off its 114th live racing season Friday with a special 12:30 p.m. first post. The 57-day season is highlighted by $30 million in total purses, 31 stakes races and the return of the popular promotions, including the Show Bet Bonus.
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