Oaklawn News

COUGAR RIDGE AND CARVE LEAD ESSEX HANDICAP FIELD

Hot Springs, Ark. (Friday, Fe. 12, 2016) – Cougar Ridge will try to stretch his winning streak to five in Saturday’s $100,000 Essex Handicap for older horses Saturday at Oaklawn. Probable post time for the 1 1/16-mile Essex, the ninth of 10 races, is 5:09 p.m. (Central). First post Saturday is 1:05 p.m. Seven horses are entered in the Essex, but the projected field was reduced by one Friday morning when 9-5 program favorite Midnight Hawk didn’t board a flight originating in Southern California for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.
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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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