Oaklawn News

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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Barn Notes: Sporting Chance Works towards Debut in Southwest

Grade 1 winner Sporting Chance, in his most serious work to date at Oaklawn, breezed 6 furlongs from the gate in 1:13.80 over a fast track Sunday morning in advance of his scheduled 3-year-old debut in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 19; Exclamation Point, a 3-year-old half-brother to champion and 2017 Arkansas Derby winner Classic Empire, is probably headed for two turns following his front-running 2 ½-length career-debut victory in Saturday’s fourth race, trainer Brad Cox said Sunday morning.
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WILBO UPSETS IVAN FALLUNOVALOT IN KING COTTON

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018) – Chris Wilkins’ Wilbo got the early jump on even money favorite Ivan Fallunovalot for a second straight race and drew off to win by two lengths over the two-time King Cotton winner in Saturday’s 68th renewal of the $125,000 sprint stakes.
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Barn Notes: Amy’s Challenge Eying Martha Washington

Unbeaten Amy’s Challenge remains under consideration for the $125,000 Martha Washington Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Feb. 10, trainer Mac Robertson said Saturday morning; Multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Whitmore returned to the work tab Saturday morning, breezing a half-mile in company over a fast track for co-owner/trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs; Red-hot trainer Brad Cox had two victories for the third consecutive race day Friday to stretch his lead in the trainer standings.
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Barn Notes: Sporting Chance to Start in Southwest

Grade 1 winner Sporting Chance will make his 3-year-old debut in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 19; Coffeepot Stables’ Farrell will make her next start in the $150,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) Feb. 17, trainer Wayne Catalano said Thursday morning; A double Thursday gave Brad Cox the outright lead in the trainer standings with eight victories through the first 11 days of racing.
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Barn Notes: Half-Brother to Arkansas Derby Winner Classic Empire to Debut Saturday

Exclamation Point, a recently named half-brother to champion and 2017 Arkansas Derby winner Classic Empire, is scheduled to make his career debut in Saturday’s fourth race at Oaklawn; Two-time champion Ivan Fallunovalot bids for millionaire status in the $125,000 King Cotton Stakes for older sprinters Saturday; Westrock Stables LLC’s homebred Torrent is under consideration for the $150,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) for older fillies and mares Feb. 17.
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