Oaklawn Report - Update on Oaklawn Runners - Dec. 19

Trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel said Synchrony is under strong consideration for the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 18 at Oaklawn, a mile race that is the first of three major local preps for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 16. The lightly raced son of super sire Tapit, races for his breeder, Josephine Abercrombie’s Pin Oak Stable, and is among the most highly regarded Arkansas Derby prospects on the grounds.
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PETE AIELLO SELECTED AS OAKLAWN’S NEW ANNOUNCER

Less than 48 hours after finding out they needed him, Oaklawn has hired its fifth announcer in the history of the first track to launch a Triple Crown winner in 37 years. Pete Aiello will be in the booth when Oaklawn opens for live racing on January 15. Announcers from the four corners of the continental United States expressed a desire to call races at the premier winter track, according to Director of Racing David Longinotti.
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AMERICAN PHAROAH BOBBLEHORSE GIVEAWAY TOPS 2016 PROMOTIONS

On the day Oaklawn kicks off its rich 3-year-old stakes series with the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes, the track will pay tribute to the greatest sophomore to come through Hot Springs with an American Pharoah Bobblehorse Giveaway. Fans attending the races Monday, Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, can receive the bobblehorse with a $2 donation to the Arkansas Racetrack Chaplaincy while supplies last.
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Oaklawn Report - Update on Oaklawn Runners - Dec. 1

Oaklawn had 231 horses on the grounds Tuesday morning, including 15 for Al Cates of Hot Springs, one of the top ten trainers in 2015. He won 12 races this year at Oaklawn, then added 14 victories at Louisiana Downs, which closed Sept. 19.
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Oaklawn Report - Update on Oaklawn Runners - Dec. 3

Knights Key, an eye-catching career debut winner last month, is targeting the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 18 at Oaklawn for his 3-year-old debut, trainer Steve Hobby of Hot Springs said. After breaking in a tangle, the colt was a last-to-first winner of a Nov. 20 maiden special weights sprint at Churchill Downs under Joe Rocco Jr.
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Oaklawn Report - Update on Oaklawn Runners - Nov. 24

Multiple stakes winner Far Right was among 61 horses stabled at Oaklawn Monday morning, the first day the track was open for training. Far Right was the top locally based 3-year-old male at the 2015 Oaklawn meeting, winning the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes and the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3), but hasn’t started since finishing sixth in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (G2) July 18 at Indiana Grand.
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