Oaklawn News

Barn Notes - Feb. 10: Discreetness Completes Southwest Work

Multiple stakes winner Discreetness worked an easy half-mile in :50 over a fast-rated surface Wednesday morning at Oaklawn, his final major move for Monday’s $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3). He breezed after the renovation break under regular rider Jon Court, the son-in-law of the colt’s trainer, Jinks Fires of Hot Springs.
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MARQUEE MISS UPSETS NICKNAME IN MARTHA WASHINGTON STAKES

Hot Springs, Ark. (Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016) – Rags Racing Stable LLC’s Marquee Miss stormed home to her second consecutive stakes victory of the meet, while upsetting 1-2 favorite Nickname in Saturday’s $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes. The win was also vindication for trainer Ingrid Mason who was denied the upset last year when eventual Grade 2 winner Sarah Sis reluctantly gave way to champion Take Charge Brandi late in the one-mile race.
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Barn Notes - Feb. 6: Synchrony and Bird of Trey Work toward Southwest Stakes

Synchrony completed major preparations for the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds Feb. 15 at Oaklawn by working 5 furlongs in company on a sunny Saturday morning for trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel. The colt, who breezed following the break to renovate the surface, covered the distance over a fast track in 1:00.80. Stablemate Poseidon’s Way, a 4-year-old stakes-placed colt, was credited with the same time.
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Barn Notes - Feb. 5: Von Hemel Taking Two Shots at Martha Washington

Trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel is scheduled to take two shots at Grade 1 winner Nickname in Saturday’s $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Oaklawn. He has entered unbeaten multiple stakes winner My Master Plan and Ready to Confess in the 1-mile Martha Washington, a race he won in 2006 with Brownie Points.
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Barn Notes - Feb. 3: Jack Van Berg Enjoying Being Back in the Saddle

Jack Van Berg normally holds court during training hours at Oaklawn from his pickup truck parked on the grandstand apron. That wasn’t the case on a windy, cold Jan. 4 morning, when the Hall of Fame trainer tested the elements, and his frail body, by taking his horses to the track on a pony.
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IVAN FALLUNOVALOT SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS KING COTTON TITLE

Lewis Matthews, Jr.’s Ivan Fallunovalot, sent off as the even-money favorite, drew off from his competition late to win Saturday’s $100,000 King Cotton Stakes for the second year in a row. Alsvid, who eventually turned the tables on Ivan Fallunovalot last year in the Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3), finished second in the King Cotton for the fourth straight year.
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