Oaklawn News

Barn Notes: Songbird’s Half-Sister Debuts Thursday in Race 7 at Oaklawn

Song of Mine, a half-sister to two-time champion Songbird, is scheduled to make her 3-year-old debut Thursday for trainer Dane Kobiskie and owner PTK LLC (Paula, Tom and Kaitlin Haughey); Whitmore and Petrov, two of the most accomplished horses in Ron Moquett’s barn, are scheduled to return to the work tab this weekend, the trainer said Sunday morning; Plainsman, the first Lasix-free winner of the meeting, is scheduled to make his two-turn debut in Thursday’s eighth race, an entry-level allowance for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.
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Barn Notes: Jockey David Cabrera Taking Oaklawn by Storm

Newcomer David Cabrera became the first jockey to reach double-figure victories at the Oaklawn meeting when he swept Saturday’s late daily double, including his first local stakes score aboard Swing and Sway in the $125,000 American Beauty for older female sprinters; Tap of War became the 10th starter from the $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) last year at Oaklawn to return and win, scoring in Saturday’s seventh race, a first-level allowance sprint for older fillies and mares.
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SWING AND SWAY STEALS AMERICAN BEAUTY

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018) – Westrock Stables LLC’s Swing and Sway broke the sharpest and never looked back as she sprinted clear to a seven and three-quarter length victory in Saturday’s $125,000 American Beauty Stakes before an estimated on track crowd of 10,000.
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Barn Notes: First start at Oaklawn for trainer Kelsey Danner with Nan’s Pierce Arrow in Sunday’s third race

Nan’s Pierce Arrow, who represented trainer Kelsey Danner’s first career starter last August at Ellis Park, will also be her first Oaklawn starter when he runs in Sunday’s third race; Trainer Don Von Hemel continued his streak that began in 1975 of at least one winner each season at Oaklawn when he saddled Bango Box to victory in Friday’s ninth race.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes: Moquett Scores 200th Oaklawn Win

Zaevion represented the 200th career Oaklawn victory for trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs in Sunday’s fourth race, a $40,000 maiden-claiming sprint for 3-year-olds and upward; Robertino Diodoro said before the meet that he would be active at the claim box, and Oaklawn’s second-leading trainer last year has been just that through the first six days of racing in 2018. He has claimed a meet-high six horses – all for Texas-based Mike Sisk’s M and M Racing; Gun Runner, runaway winner of the $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) in his 4-year-old debut last February at Oaklawn, is among three finalists for Horse of the Year.
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