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Oaklawn Barn Notes Jan. 30

January 30, 2013

Dan Bearden’s San Pablo arrived in Hot Springs Tuesday for his engagement in Saturday’s $100,000 Essex Handicap after flying in from trainer Todd Pletcher’s Palm Meadows base in South Florida. He was assigned top weight of 120 lbs. for the 1 1/16-mile race. Read More

Apprehender Powers Home to Win King Cotton

January 26, 2013

Dream Farm LLC’s Apprehender, who briefly tested the waters in Oaklawn’s 2012 3-year-old stakes series, returned to Hot Springs for his 4-year-old debut and showed he’s much better suited for the sprint division with his victory in Saturday’s $60,000 King Cotton Stakes. Read More

Oaklawn Barn Notes Jan. 25

January 25, 2013

Lukas Looks for another Big Weekend with King Cotton Pair Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas will try to keep his momentum going after two stakes victories last week with another pair of victories Saturday. He will start both Laurie’s Rocket and Hamazing Destiny, the 5-2 favorite, in the $60,000 King Cotton at Oaklawn and last year’s Rebel Stakes runner-up Optimizer, the 7-2 favorite in the $125,000 Col. E.R. Bradley Handicap (G3) at Fair Grounds. Last Saturday, he won Fair Grounds Lecomte Stakes (G3) with Oxbow and Monday he won Oaklawn’s Smarty Jones Stakes with Will Take Charge. Read More

Oaklawn Barn Notes Jan. 23

January 23, 2013

As a former basketball coach, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas knows the importance of having a deep bench and his appears to be quite full after Oxbow and Will Take Charge both earned important Kentucky Derby prep victories and points last weekend. Oxbow easily won the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (G3) at Fair Grounds last Saturday, while his stablemate Will Take Charge stayed home and won Monday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes. Each horse earned 10 points based on Churchill Downs’ new system for making the Derby field. Read More

Will Take Charge Caps Big Weekend for Lukas With Smarty Jones Win

January 21, 2013

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas is back in a serious hunt for his 14th Triple Crown victory after Will Take Charge gave the trainer his second prep race victory of the weekend in Monday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn. On Saturday, he had won the Lecomte Stakes with Oxbow at the Fair Grounds. Both races were worth 10 Kentucky Derby points to the winner based on the new criteria for making the field for the “Run to the Roses.” Read More

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