Rebel Stakes Runners Cherry Wine and Cupid Lead Indiana Derby Field

Oaklawn Rebel Stakes graduates Cherry Wine and Cupid are the program favorites for the $500,000 Indiana Derby (G2) Saturday at Indiana Grand. Cherry Wine, fourth in $900,000 Rebel (G2) March 19, is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the projected 12-horse field, while Rebel winner Cupid is the 3-1 second choice.
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Oaklawn Handicap Winner Effinex Repeats in Suburban Handicap

Oaklawn Handicap winner Effinex, under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, edged Samraat by a neck to win the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (G2) for older horses for a second consecutive year Saturday at Belmont Park. The victory helped trainer Jimmy Jerkens equal a feat accomplished by his late father, the legendary Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens.
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Smack Smack and Shotgun Kowboy Run 1-2 in Cornhusker

Smack Smack and Shotgun Kowboy nearly hit the wire together in the $350,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) for older horses March 19 at Oaklawn. It was the same story in the $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (G3) Saturday at Prairie Meadows, the marquee event of the Iowa Festival of Racing, but this time they were taking the top two positions. Smack Smack edged Shotgun Kowboy by a neck to give trainer Don Von Hemel of Hot Springs his biggest career victory since turning 82 May 14.
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Oaklawn Runners Look to Make Mark in Iowa Festival

Oaklawn will be well represented in the annual Iowa Festival of Racing that begins Thursday at Prairie Meadows. The three-day Festival features six stakes races, highlighted by Saturday’s $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (G3).
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Oaklawn Runners Take Top Four Spots in Gold Cup

Oaklawn-raced horses went 1-2-3-4 in the $500,000 Gold Cup (G1) Saturday at Santa Anita, a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event. Melatonin, runner-up in the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) April 16, surpassed $1 million in career earnings with his 1 ½-length victory over Win the Space.
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