Racing News

Oaklawn Raises Purses on 13 of 32 Stakes

July 26, 2012

Oaklawn has increased purses on 13 of its 32 stakes planned in 2013, including a majority of its 3-year-old stakes races. Overall, the track has raised stakes purses by nearly $400,000 to $5.7 million, the richest program in its history. Read More

Arkansas Derby Winner Bodemeister Gallops Strongly at Pimlico

May 18, 2012

After Zayat Stables and Michel and Tiffany Moreno’s Empire Maker colt came back from his gallop on the track at Pimlico Friday morning, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert deemed the Arkansas Derby winner ready for the 137th Preakness on Saturday. “The horse looks good. He’s trained well,” Baffert said. “It’s just waiting now.” Read More

Arkansas Derby Winner Bodemeister Favored in Saturday’s Preakness

May 17, 2012

Oaklawn has three rooting interest in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (G1) led by Arkansas Derby winner Bodemeister, second in the Kentucky Derby, who drew post position seven and was installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite for the middle leg of the Triple Crown. He will be joined in the field by Rebel Stakes runner-up Optimizer, 11th in the Kentucky Derby and Arkansas Derby fourth-place finisher Cozzetti. On Friday, Fantasy Stakes winner Mambo Kimbo and Oaklawn Handicap look to further their winning ways in the Black Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) and Pimlico Special (G3), respectively. Read More

Baffert Caps Festival Dominance with Bodemeister's Victory in Arkansas Derby

April 15, 2012

The operative word at Oaklawn on Sunday was dominance, and Zayat Stables’ Bodemeister embodied the meaning as he powered to a near-record setting performance in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1). Completing a sweep by his trainer Bob Baffert of the major 3-year-old races this season, the son of Empire Maker rolled to a 9 ½-length victory over 10 other runners in the 1 1/8-mile test, punching his ticket to Louisville as a top-flight Kentucky Derby contender. Read More

ALTERNATION CONTINUES DOMINANCE IN OAKLAWN HANDICAP

April 14, 2012

Pin Oak Stable’s Alternation went to the lead and never looked back in the 66th running of the $400,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G3) Saturday afternoon, continuing his dominance of the handicap division with a perfect 3-for-3 record at Oaklawn in 2012. Read More

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