Barn Notes Jan. 22: Mason Enjoying Stakes Winners

Trainer Ingrid Mason now has two multiple-stakes winning fillies in her barn after 3-year-old Marquee Miss won the $100,000 Dixie Belle Jan. 15 at Oaklawn. Right next door is Sarah Sis, who is scheduled to make her 4-year-old debut in Saturday’s $100,000 American Beauty Stakes at Oaklawn.
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Barn Notes Jan. 21: Von Hemel Leaning Towards Southwest with Synchrony

Trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel said Synchrony will “more than likely” make his next start in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 15 at Oaklawn following an encouraging third-place finish in Monday’s Smarty Jones Stakes. The 1-mile Smarty Jones is the first of three major local preps for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 16.
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DISCREETNESS KICKS OFF 3-YEAR-OLD YEAR WITH SMARTY JONES WIN

Hot Springs, Ark. (Monday, Jan. 18, 2016) – Xpress Thoroughbred’s Discreetness began his 3-year-old season in the same way he ended his juvenile year – by winning a stakes. Ridden confidently by jockey Jon Court, Discreetness wore down a determined Gordy Florida late to win Monday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes by a neck. In the process, he earned 10 points towards eligibility for the Kentucky Derby and is now ranked 12th on the list of 20 potential starters.
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STREAMLINE FLIES LATE FOR UPSET PIPPIN VICTORY

Hot Springs, Ark. (Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016) – Streamline proved she’s all heart in Sunday’s $100,000 Pippin Stakes when she split foes late and narrowly beat 3-2 favorite Theogony by a neck at odds of 15-1.
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DERBY DREAMS START MONDAY WITH SMARTY JONES STAKES

Hot Springs, Ark. (Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016) – Oaklawn kicks off its rich Derby prep series Monday with the $150,000 Smarty Jones led by multiple stakes winner Toews On Ice, the 9-5 program favorite for the one-mile race. The race is worth a total of 17 points towards Kentucky Derby eligibility with the winner receiving 10 points.
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