Oaklawn News

Barn Notes: Far Right Riding Home Court Advantage into Monday’s Razorback

The most accomplished horse, at least in races at Oaklawn, scheduled to run in Monday’s $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) is Far Right, co-owned by Harry Rosenblum of Little Rock, Ark., and trained by Wayne Catalano; Three Oaklawn stakes winners headline seven older fillies and mares entered in Saturday’s $150,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) at 1 1/16 miles; Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens is the special guest for Saturday’s Dawn at Oaklawn, a weekly question and answer session hosted by Oaklawn paddock analyst Nancy Holthus.
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Barn Notes: Lukas Finalizes Plans for Top 3-Year-Olds

D. Wayne Lukas has finalized immediate plans for two of his top 3-year-old prospects, the Hall of Fame trainer said Wednesday morning; Newcomer David Cabrera regained the lead in the jockey standings with a three-win day Saturday; Unbeaten Amy’s Challenge worked a half-mile in :51.20 over a fast track Tuesday morning, her first breeze since winning the $125,000 Dixie Belle Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Jan. 20.
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Barn Notes: Presidents’ Day Weekend Stakes Coming Together

Pippin winner Farrell, Streamline and Terra Promessa are among the probables for Saturday’s $150,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) and large fields are expected for Monday’s two $500,000 stakes – the Southwest (G3) and Razorback (G3); Unbeaten Amy’s Challenge is scheduled to return to the work tab early next week to begin major preparations for the $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies March 10, trainer Mac Robertson said Sunday morning.
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RED RUBY MAKES WINNING DEBUT IN MARTHA WASHINGTON

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018) – Sandra Sexton and Brandi Nicholson’s Red Ruby set herself up as a filly to watch along the Kentucky Oaks trail when she drew off to win the $125,000 Martha Washington by 2 ½ lengths in her 3-year-old debut. In the process, she earned 10 points towards eligibility in the Oaks May 4.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes: Lukas Eying Options for Bravazo Should Southwest Stakes Split

Bravazo is entered in the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds Feb. 17, but could stay at home to run in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 19 should Oaklawn split the race into two divisions; Leandro Goncalves is “tentatively” scheduled to resume riding Feb. 16 after being injured in Friday’s second race, the jockey’s agent, Chuck Costanzo, said Saturday morning.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes: Nicholson Hoping Oaklawn Experience Remains Perfect

Owner-breeder Brandi Nicholson has had winning experiences the only other two times she’s visited Oaklawn. She is hoping that streak continues with Red Ruby in Saturday’s $125,000 Martha Washington Stakes; Jon Court, Oaklawn’s leading rider in 2000, recorded his 650th victory in Hot Springs in Thursday’s ninth race, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization.
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Barn Notes: Jim Byers to Fill in for Vic Stauffer

The voice of Lone Star Park will be the voice of Oaklawn, at least for a few days. Jim Byers is scheduled to call Thursday’s final race and complete cards Friday, Saturday and Sunday while Vic Stauffer tests his handicapping skills in the 19th NTRA National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas; Wilbo did what his more heralded former stablemate couldn’t – he won the $125,000 King Cotton Stakes Saturday for older sprinters; Trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel said Thursday morning that his promising 3-year-old, Higher Power, should return to the track Friday.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes: Well-Bred Area Makes Debut Thursday

Area, from one of the most productive female families in Oaklawn history, is scheduled to make her career debut in Thursday’s sixth race; Inside Straight is the 2-1 program favorite for the $30,000 Turf Paradise Handicap Saturday at Turf Paradise, the 5-year-old Super Saver gelding’s final scheduled start before shipping to Oaklawn; Through the first 14 days of the scheduled 57-day meeting (two dates were lost to winter weather), David Cabrera and Brad Cox top the jockey and trainer standings, respectively, with a tie for leading owner.
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