Oaklawn News

Barn Notes: Trainer Tom Howard Passes Saturday

Trainer Tom Howard, best known for developing multiple stakes-winning sprinter Ivan Fallunovalot, died from complications of cancer Saturday night at his Hot Springs home. He was 70; Oaklawn will present three stakes races Saturday, including the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds and the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) for older fillies and mares.
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OAKLAWN ANNOUNCES SECOND PURSE INCREASE OF THE SEASON

Hot Springs, Ark. (Sunday, March 11, 2018) – Purse records keep tumbling at the track with the richest purses in America between January and April. Starting with the March 17 Rebel Stakes card, Oaklawn will implement the second increase of ...
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IT WAS A COSMIC BURST IN HONEYBEE STAKES

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, March 10, 2018) – Norma Lee Stockseth and Todd Dunn’s Cosmic Burst earned herself 50 points towards Kentucky Oaks eligibility with a late rally to win Saturday’s $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) before an on-track crowd of ...
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WHITMORE RETURNS A WINNER IN HOT SPRINGS STAKES

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, March 10, 2018) – Post-time favorite Whitmore, making his first start since the Breeders’ Cup Sprint last November, proved his class by wearing down the early leader late to capture his second straight $125,000 Hot Springs Stakes for owners Southern Springs Stables, Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners LLC.
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Barn Notes: Martini Glass Has Eyes Set on Azeri

The rags-to-riches story of multiple stakes winner Martini Glass is scheduled to continue in the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) for older fillies and mares March 17 at Oaklawn, co-owner/trainer Keith Nations said Thursday afternoon.
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Barn Notes: Diodoro in Three-Way Battle for Leading Trainer Honors

Trainer Robertino Diodoro trails perennial leading trainer Steve Asmussen by only one win following a victory in Thursday’s ninth race. Trainer Brad Cox is right behind him; A half-sister to multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Ministry was born March 1, said Linda Robbins, a practicing veterinarian who owns nearby Starfish Farm; Owner Staton Flurry of Hot Springs is the special guest on Saturday’s Dawn at Oaklawn, a weekly question-and-answer session hosted by paddock analyst Nancy Holthus.
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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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