Oaklawn News

Barn Notes: Smart Spree Looking to Take Next Step Up

The razor-sharp Smart Spree will be considered for a second-level allowance and the $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) April 14 for his next start following his easy starter-allowance victory Sunday at Oaklawn, trainer Norman McKnight said Thursday morning; Higher Power returned to the track Thursday morning following his 6-furlong work in 1:13 Tuesday morning in advance of the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds March 17, trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel said.
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Barn Notes: Sporting Chance Works a Mile Monday In Advance of Rebel

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas went old school Monday morning at Oaklawn, working Grade 1 winner Sporting Chance a mile in preparation for the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds March 17; Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez will ride Sporting Chance in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds March 17, Lukas said Monday morning; Charles Fipke’s homebred, Title Ready, will make his stakes debut in the $900,000 Rebel (G2) for 3-year-olds March 17, Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen said Monday morning.
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Barn Notes: Exclamation Point Wins Second Straight Start

Trainer Brad Cox said it’s “very possible” unbeaten Exclamation Point will run again this year at Oaklawn, but it won’t be in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds March 17; The promising Higher Power is targeting the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 17, trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel said Thursday morning; Red Ruby completed major preparations for Saturday’s $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies with a sharp half-mile work in company after the renovation break Sunday morning for trainer Kellyn Gorder.
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CHANTELINE COMES THROUGH IN SPRING FEVER; J.E. HANDMEDOWN WINS NODOUBLE

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, March 3, 2018) – Ten Broeck Farm, Inc.’s Chanteline rebounded from a fourth-place finish as the favorite in the Jan. 27 American Beauty to win Saturday’s $125,000 Spring Fever Stakes before a sun-drenched crowd of 20,000. She was the third of four wins on the card for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen and leading rider Ricardo Santana Jr.
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Barn Notes: Oaklawn Has First Fast Track since Feb. 9

The sun is shining and Oaklawn has a fast track for the first time since Feb. 9; Edgar Morales, Oaklawn’s leading apprentice this year, rode his eighth winner at the meeting Friday, guiding Charming Deputy ($51.80) to a neck victory in the fifth race for owner/trainer John Haran.
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GOLDEN MISCHIEF LEADS WELL-MATCHED SPRING FEVER

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, March 2, 2018) – A well-matched field of 11, including 7-2 program favorite Golden Mischief, is entered in the $125,000 Spring Fever Stakes for older female sprinters Saturday at Oaklawn.
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Barn Notes: Exclamation Point Takes Next Career Step Saturday

The next test for impressive maiden winner Exclamation Point comes in Saturday’s fifth race at Oaklawn, a first-level allowance/optional claimer that will mark the two-turn debut for the half-brother to champion and 2017 Arkansas Derby winner Classic Empire; Trainer Kenny McPeek recorded his record fifth victory since Oaklawn’s “Lasix-free Bonus Program” was implemented in 2015 in Thursday’s first race with Brockton George, who was making his first career start without the legal anti-bleeder medication.
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Barn Notes: Oaklawn’s Track Receives High Praise after Wettest February on Record

Oaklawn’s track has received high praise from trainer and jockeys after the wettest February in Hot Springs history; Major stakes winner Colonelsdarktemper is targeting a mid-March allowance race for his 4-year-old debut, trainer Jinks Fires of Hot Springs said Tuesday morning; Oaklawn’s nine-race card Saturday includes the $125,000 Spring Fever for older filly and mare sprinters and the $100,000 Nodouble Breeders’ for Arkansas-bred male sprinters.
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Barn Notes: Amy’s Challenge Heading to Honeybee

Unbeaten Amy’s Challenge moved a step closer to her scheduled two-turn debut in the $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies March 10 at Oaklawn by working over a fast track after the renovation break Tuesday morning; Grade 1 winner Sporting Chance returned to the work tab Tuesday morning, covering a half-mile in :48.20 minutes after the track opened for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
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Barn Notes: McKnight Making Most of First Meet at Oaklawn

Following a slow start, training newcomer Norman McKnight continues to climb the standings at Oaklawn, ranking seventh through 26 days of racing; No owner has done more with less at the meeting than James Rogers’ Black Hawk Stable, which won with its first five starters this season; Steve Asmussen ($1,028,766) became the first trainer to reach $1 million in purse earnings at the meet Saturday, the 26th day of racing.
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