HEAVILY FAVORED PROMISE ME SILVERS WINS DIXIE BELLE

It may not have been the trip they had been hoping for, but trainer Bret Calhoun and jockey Cliff Berry got the result they wanted when Promise Me Silver rallied up the rail late to remain a perfect five for five with her victory by a neck in Thursday’s $100,000 Dixie Belle Stakes at Oaklawn.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes - Thursday, Jan. 15

After working a half-mile in :50.20 Thursday morning at Oaklawn, trainer Lynn Whiting said Hebbronville will make his 3-year-old debut in Monday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes. The 1-mile Smarty Jones, which is ex-pected to draw a large field, is the first of three local preps for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11.
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OAKLAWN KICKS OFF 2015 SEASON THURSDAY

Oaklawn Park General Manager Eric Jackson said late in the 2014 meeting that he wouldn’t trade places with any track in the country. Approximately nine months later, Jackson hasn’t changed his mind.
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DIXIE BELLE HIGHLIGHTS OAKLAWN’S OPENING DAY CARD

Six years ago, trainer Bret Calhoun saddled Silver City to win Oaklawn’s first stakes race of the 2009 meeting in the $50,000 Dixieland for 3-year-olds. Now, Calhoun hopes to win the first stakes race of the 2015 meeting with a daughter of Silver City, the unbeaten Promise Me Silver. The 3-year-old filly is one of 11 entered in Thursday’s $100,000 Dixie Belle at six furlongs.
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