Oaklawn News

Oaklawn Report: Exclamation Point Ready For Stakes Action After Latest Win

Unbeaten 3-year-old Exclamation Point is likely headed for stakes company following his 1 ¼-length allowance/optional claiming victory April 12 at Keeneland, trainer Brad Cox said Saturday morning; Multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Chanel’s Legacy will be re-evaluated late this month after suffering a “cracked pelvis” at the start of the $300,000 Charles Town Oaks (G3) Sept. 23 at Charles Town, breeder/owner Allen Poindexter said April 12.
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Barn Notes: Accelerate Feeling Fine This Time

Accelerate was scheduled to make his first start outside California in last year’s Oaklawn Handicap, but the son of champion Lookin At Lucky was withdrawn from the 1 1/8-mile race when he developed a fever after shipping to Hot Springs, trainer John Sadler said.
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Barn Notes: Nine Enter 2018 Arkansas Derby

Robert and Lawana Low’s undefeated Rebel Stakes (G2) winner Magnum Moon drew post position six and was installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1). The Malibu Moon colt will be looking to give trainer Todd Pletcher a fifth win in Oaklawn’s signature race.
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Barn Notes: Amy’s Challenge Works Bullet in Advance of Fantasy

It looks like they’ll be chasing Amy again in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies Friday at Oaklawn after the multiple stakes winner completed major preparations with a half-mile bullet workout in :46.60 over a fast track Monday morning for trainer Mac Robertson.
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Barn Notes: Fields Taking Shape for Racing Festival of the South

Champion Unique Bella, unbeaten Magnum Moon and Grade 1 winner and millionaire Accelerate are among the horses scheduled to run during the Racing Festival of the South, Oaklawn’s annual stakes bonanza to close the meeting; Colonelsdarktemper will make his next start in Saturday’s $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) for older horses, trainer Jinks Fires of Hot Springs said Sunday morning.
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Barn Notes: Justin Zayat Looking Forward to a Return to Arkansas

Owner Justin Zayat hoping to return to Oaklawn for the first time since American Pharoah’s win in the 2015 Rebel Stakes. His family’s Zayat Stables will be represented by Solomini in next Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby; After breezing early Friday morning in Kentucky, Quip was walking the shedrow early Saturday morning in Arkansas, capping a whirlwind 24 hours for the colt in advance of his scheduled start in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 14.
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