Oaklawn News

Barn Notes: Thursday was a day of firsts at Oaklawn

Several newcomers recorded their first career victories in Hot Springs; Dazzling 2017 Oaklawn debut winner Our Majesty was a three-quarter length winner of Thursday’s eighth race in her 4-year-old debut for trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs and the It’s All About the Girls Stable LLC.; Whitmore, the top sprinter at the 2017 Oaklawn meeting, will make his 5-year-old debut in the $125,000 Hot Springs Stakes March 10, co-owner/trainer Moquett said Friday morning
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Oaklawn Barn Notes: Moquett Scores 200th Oaklawn Win

Zaevion represented the 200th career Oaklawn victory for trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs in Sunday’s fourth race, a $40,000 maiden-claiming sprint for 3-year-olds and upward; Robertino Diodoro said before the meet that he would be active at the claim box, and Oaklawn’s second-leading trainer last year has been just that through the first six days of racing in 2018. He has claimed a meet-high six horses – all for Texas-based Mike Sisk’s M and M Racing; Gun Runner, runaway winner of the $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) in his 4-year-old debut last February at Oaklawn, is among three finalists for Horse of the Year.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes: Bronze Age Prepares For 4-Year-Old Debut

Bronze Age, one of only four horses to finish in front of top 3-year-old West Coast last year, is scheduled to make his 4-year-old debut in Saturday’s fifth race, an entry-level allowance at a mile; P C Cowboy, fourth in the Zia Park Derby, is scheduled to make his 4-year-old debut in Sunday’s eighth race, an allowance/optional claimer at 1 1/16 miles.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes: Young Guns Make Big Splash Opening Weekend

Newcomers C.J. McMahon and David Cabrera – both represented by agent Joe Santos – are among a five-way tie atop the standings with four victories through four days of racing; Boosted by strong off-track business, Monday’s all-source handle of $3,700,042 was a record for Smarty Jones Day and a 13.6 percent increase over the corresponding day last year, according to figures released by Oaklawn.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes: Mourinho Give Baffert First Smarty Jones Victory

Mourinho was the first Smarty Jones Stakes winner for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who has now won all of Oaklawn’s four Kentucky Derby prep races; Trainer Paul Holthus of Hot Springs recorded his 499th career victory, and first of the meeting, when Indian Gem ($15.20) won Monday’s third race under newcomer C.J. McMahon.
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