Oaklawn Barn Notes Jan. 31

January 31, 2013

Smarty Jones Stakes winner Will Take Charge got back to work Thursday morning with a half-mile breeze in 48 4/5 over a fast track. The time was the second fastest of 30 at the distance with multiple stakes winner Alternation posting the bullet. Read More

Oaklawn Barn Notes Jan. 30

January 30, 2013

Dan Bearden’s San Pablo arrived in Hot Springs Tuesday for his engagement in Saturday’s $100,000 Essex Handicap after flying in from trainer Todd Pletcher’s Palm Meadows base in South Florida. He was assigned top weight of 120 lbs. for the 1 1/16-mile race. Read More

Apprehender Powers Home to Win King Cotton

January 26, 2013

Dream Farm LLC’s Apprehender, who briefly tested the waters in Oaklawn’s 2012 3-year-old stakes series, returned to Hot Springs for his 4-year-old debut and showed he’s much better suited for the sprint division with his victory in Saturday’s $60,000 King Cotton Stakes. Read More

Oaklawn Barn Notes Jan. 25

January 25, 2013

Lukas Looks for another Big Weekend with King Cotton Pair Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas will try to keep his momentum going after two stakes victories last week with another pair of victories Saturday. He will start both Laurie’s Rocket and Hamazing Destiny, the 5-2 favorite, in the $60,000 King Cotton at Oaklawn and last year’s Rebel Stakes runner-up Optimizer, the 7-2 favorite in the $125,000 Col. E.R. Bradley Handicap (G3) at Fair Grounds. Last Saturday, he won Fair Grounds Lecomte Stakes (G3) with Oxbow and Monday he won Oaklawn’s Smarty Jones Stakes with Will Take Charge. Read More

Oaklawn Barn Notes Jan. 23

January 23, 2013

As a former basketball coach, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas knows the importance of having a deep bench and his appears to be quite full after Oxbow and Will Take Charge both earned important Kentucky Derby prep victories and points last weekend. Oxbow easily won the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (G3) at Fair Grounds last Saturday, while his stablemate Will Take Charge stayed home and won Monday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes. Each horse earned 10 points based on Churchill Downs’ new system for making the Derby field. Read More

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