Oaklawn News

Barn Notes: Oaklawn Sets Handle Record Rebel Day

Total pari-mutuel handle on Saturday’s 10-race Rebel Day card at Oaklawn was a record for March and a non-Arkansas Derby Day, eclipsing marks set from last year’s corresponding program, despite one fewer race; Not only may Martini Glass return to Oaklawn for the $700,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) for older fillies and mares April 13, trainer Keith Nations said he could have a small string in Hot Springs for the first time in 2019.
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Barn Notes: Magnum Moon Exits Rebel Well; Eyes Arkansas Derby

The “most likely and most logical spot” for Robert and Lawana Low’s Magnum Moon is the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 14 at Oaklawn, trainer Todd Pletcher said following the unbeaten colt’s impressive victory in Saturday’s $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2).
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PLETCHER SCORES SECOND STRAIGHT REBEL WITH MAGNUM MOON

Saturday, March 17, 2018) – Robert and Lawana Low’s Magnum secured 50 points towards Kentucky Derby eligibility and provided trainer Todd Pletcher with his second straight victory in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) with his authoritative win before a record crowd of 37,500. Pletcher won the race last year with Malagacy.
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STREAMLINE GOES FOR SECOND AZERI VICTORY

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, March 16, 2018) – A well-matched field of eight, including defending champion Streamline, is entered in the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) for older fillies and mares Saturday at Oaklawn.
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Barn Notes: Zayat Stables Hoping to Follow a Familiar Path in Rebel Stakes

Justin Zayat said job requirements will keep him from attending the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds Saturday at Oaklawn. He’ll be watching, though. That’s because Zayat’s family co-owns 3-2 program favorite Solomini, who will be making his 2018 debut in the 1 1/16-mile major Kentucky Derby prep race. “It’s killing me, but hopefully I can make it for a race like the Arkansas Derby, if possible,” said Zayat, the family’s racing and stable manager.
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OAKLAWN ANNOUNCES STAR-STUDDED 2018 FINISH LINE THEATER CONCERT SERIES

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Thursday, March 15, 2018) – Motown legends The Isley Brothers kick-off a sensational 2018 Finish Line Theater Concert Series Friday, June 1 that also includes country music star Sara Evans and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Oates. Also scheduled to perform this summer at Oaklawn are The Commodores and co-headliners Night Ranger and Dennis DeYoung: Music of STYX.
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Barn Notes: Sporting Chance Ready for Competitive Rebel

Before Sporting Chance made his 3-year-old debut in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 19, the colt’s trainer, Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, asked an observer to handicap the 1 1/16-mile race, the second of Oaklawn’s four major preps for the Kentucky Derby.
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Barn Notes: Zing Zang Works Toward Rebel

Jackpot Ranch’s Zing Zang completed major preparations for Saturday’s $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds by working a half-mile in :50.80 over a fast track Monday morning at Oaklawn for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen; Whitmore ran the fastest 6 furlongs ever at Oaklawn in January during the 2017 meeting and his comeback victory in Saturday’s $125,000 Hot Springs Stakes for older sprinters produced one of Oaklawn’s fastest 6-furlong times in March.
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Barn Notes: Trainer Tom Howard Passes Saturday

Trainer Tom Howard, best known for developing multiple stakes-winning sprinter Ivan Fallunovalot, died from complications of cancer Saturday night at his Hot Springs home. He was 70; Oaklawn will present three stakes races Saturday, including the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds and the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) for older fillies and mares.
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