Oaklawn News

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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Oaklawn management has cancelled Thursday’s nine-race card due to frigid temperatures. Central Arkansas has been experiencing near record lows since Monday night and for the safety of the horses and horsemen, the decision to cancel racing was made.
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