Oaklawn News

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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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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