Oaklawn News

MAGNUM MOON REMAINS UNDEFEATED WITH IMPRESSIVE ARKANSAS DERBY WIN

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, April 14, 2018) – Robert and Lawana Low’s Magnum Moon is now a perfect four for four and holds the top position on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard after scoring an impressive victory in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) before a crowd of 64,500. The Todd Pletcher-trainee added 100 points to his 50 from winning Oaklawn’s March 17 Rebel Stakes (G2) to bring his total to 150 points, 16 more than champion Good Magic.
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UNBRIDLED MO PULLS UPSET IN APPLE BLOSSOM

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, April 12, 2018) – One day before he sends out the favorite Magnum Moon for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), trainer Todd Pletcher was the one pulling the upset when Red Oak Stable’s Unbridled Mo drew away from heavy 1-9 favorite Unique Bella to win the $700,000 Apple Blossom (G1) by 2 ½ lengths.
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SASSY SIENNA PREVAILS IN FANTASY UPSET

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, April 13, 2018) – The bridesmaid became the bride Friday when Medallion Racing and Jerry McClanahan’s Sassy Sienna got up late to win the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) after a second and third in the earlier prep races this season at Oaklawn.
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MITOLE CLEAR WINNER OF THURSDAY’S BACHELOR STAKES

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Thursday, April 12, 2018) – William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Mitole did not disappoint as the heavy 2-5 favorite in Thursday’s $150,000 Bachelor Stakes, drawing off impressively to give leading rider Ricardo Santana Jr. his 1,001st career victory. Earlier on the card, Santana reached the 1,000-win milestone aboard Westfest, who like Mitole is trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen. Overall, he ended the day with three wins and 1,002 career victories.
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CHAMPION UNIQUE BELLA HEAVY APPLE BLOSSOM FAVORITE

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Thursday, April 12, 2018) – Champion Unique Bella has been installed the overwhelming 2-5 program favorite for the $700,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) for older fillies and mares Friday at Oaklawn. She will be the 21st champion to compete in 54-year history of race either during or following a championship campaign.
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