Racing News

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


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

Plum Pretty Cruises to Apple Blossom Victory

April 13, 2012

With a 2 ¼-length triumph at Oaklawn on Friday, Peachtree Stable’s Plum Pretty left little doubt she’s ready to join the ranks of the dominant older females that have used the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) at Oaklawn as a springboard to huge campaigns. Her trainer, Bob Baffert, won his fifth straight Graded stakes in Arkansas this year as the 2011 Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner got her 2012 campaign off to a perfect start. Read More

Another World Scores Redbud; Beat the Blues Best in Carousel

April 12, 2012

Classy fillies fought hard to win Thursday's co-features as the Racing Festival of the South rolls on Read More

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