Tapiture Installed as Morning Line Favorite for 78Th Running of the Arkansas Derby

April 09, 2014

Winchell Thoroughbred LLC’s Tapiture, winner of Oaklawn’s Southwest Stakes (G3) and second in the Rebel Stakes (G2) drew post position three and he was installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), which brings the 2014 race meet to a climatic end. A field of nine horses entered the 1 1/8-mile race, which offers a total of 170 points towards eligibility in the May 3 Kentucky Derby (G1). Post time for the Arkansas Derby, the 11th of 12 races, is 6:07 p.m. Central. First post is 12 noon. Read More

Close Hatches Leads Talent Packed Apple Blossom

April 08, 2014

Juddmonte Farms’ Azeri Stakes (G2) winner Close Hatches returned to Hot Springs Tuesday in advance of her next start in Friday’s $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1). The 4-year-old First Defense filly drew the rail against four other fillies and mares entered Tuesday for the 1 1/16-mile race. Read More

Oaklawn Barn Notes April 8

April 08, 2014

Billy Gowan, the trainer of Arkansas Derby (G1) contender Ride on Curlin, knew the colt was something special the first time he caught his eye. Read More

Oaklawn Barn Notes April 6

April 06, 2014

Daniel Dougherty’s Ride On Curlin had his last major drill Sunday in preparation for his expected start in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) this coming Saturday. The son of 2007 Arkansas Derby winner Curlin breezed seven furlongs in 1:26 4/5 over a fast track with exercise rider Brian Beccia on board. Read More

Sugar Shock Gets Sweet Redemption in Fantasy

April 06, 2014

One race after being disqualified from first and placed second in the March 8 Honeybee Stakes (G3), On Cloud Nine LLC’s Sugar Shock left no room for doubt with her front-running victory in Saturday’s $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) before an on-track crowd of 19,878. The Fantasy kicked off Oaklawn’s Racing Festival of the South, which continues through closing day April 12. Read More

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