Oaklawn News

MITOLE CLEAR WINNER OF THURSDAY’S BACHELOR STAKES

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Thursday, April 12, 2018) – William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Mitole did not disappoint as the heavy 2-5 favorite in Thursday’s $150,000 Bachelor Stakes, drawing off impressively to give leading rider Ricardo Santana Jr. his 1,001st career victory. Earlier on the card, Santana reached the 1,000-win milestone aboard Westfest, who like Mitole is trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen. Overall, he ended the day with three wins and 1,002 career victories.
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CHAMPION UNIQUE BELLA HEAVY APPLE BLOSSOM FAVORITE

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Thursday, April 12, 2018) – Champion Unique Bella has been installed the overwhelming 2-5 program favorite for the $700,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) for older fillies and mares Friday at Oaklawn. She will be the 21st champion to compete in 54-year history of race either during or following a championship campaign.
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Barn Notes: Nine Enter 2018 Arkansas Derby

Robert and Lawana Low’s undefeated Rebel Stakes (G2) winner Magnum Moon drew post position six and was installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1). The Malibu Moon colt will be looking to give trainer Todd Pletcher a fifth win in Oaklawn’s signature race.
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MITOLE LEADS THURSDAY’S $150,000 BACHELOR STAKES

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Wednesday, April 11, 2018) – William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Mitole stumbled in his stakes debut, but the promising sprinter is scheduled to get another chance to earn black type in the $150,000 Bachelor Stakes for 3-year-olds Thursday at Oaklawn.
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Barn Notes: Amy’s Challenge Works Bullet in Advance of Fantasy

It looks like they’ll be chasing Amy again in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies Friday at Oaklawn after the multiple stakes winner completed major preparations with a half-mile bullet workout in :46.60 over a fast track Monday morning for trainer Mac Robertson.
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Barn Notes: Fields Taking Shape for Racing Festival of the South

Champion Unique Bella, unbeaten Magnum Moon and Grade 1 winner and millionaire Accelerate are among the horses scheduled to run during the Racing Festival of the South, Oaklawn’s annual stakes bonanza to close the meeting; Colonelsdarktemper will make his next start in Saturday’s $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) for older horses, trainer Jinks Fires of Hot Springs said Sunday morning.
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SWING AND SWAY EARNS SECOND STAKES VICTORY OF THE MEET

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, April 6, 2018) – Westrock Stables LLC’s Swing and Sway, who began the 2018 Oaklawn season by winning the $125,000 American Beauty Stakes, ended her meet with a similar stakes winning performance in Saturday’s $150,000 Carousel Stakes before an on-track crowd of 20,000. The day was also highlighted by the annual Boat and Truck Giveaway that was won by Trevor Bulza of Bella Vista, AR.
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Barn Notes: Justin Zayat Looking Forward to a Return to Arkansas

Owner Justin Zayat hoping to return to Oaklawn for the first time since American Pharoah’s win in the 2015 Rebel Stakes. His family’s Zayat Stables will be represented by Solomini in next Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby; After breezing early Friday morning in Kentucky, Quip was walking the shedrow early Saturday morning in Arkansas, capping a whirlwind 24 hours for the colt in advance of his scheduled start in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 14.
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