Oaklawn News

Barn Notes: Justify scheduled to make his stakes debut in Arkansas Derby

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has won 13 Kentucky Derby prep races at Oaklawn since 2010, but never with a horse making just his third career start. That could change with Justify scheduled to make his stakes debut in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 14, a race the trainer won in 2012 with Bodemeister and again in 2015 with eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
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Barn Notes: Connections Considering Several Options for Amy’s Challenge

Novogratz Racing Stables Inc.’s Amy’s Challenge is under consideration for the $500,000 Ashland Stakes (G1) April 7 at Keeneland and the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) April 13 at Oaklawn, trainer Mac Robertson said Thursday morning; David Cabrera, Oaklawn’s second-leading rider this year, said Thursday morning that he will ride at Prairie Meadows after the meet ends April 14.
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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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