Cupids Wins Indiana Derby

Cupid earned a preliminary Beyer Speed Figure of 94 for his front-running three-quarter length victory in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (G2) Saturday night at Indiana Grand. The performance rating was just off his career-best 95 Beyer, which came in a front-running 1 ¼-length victory in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 19 at Oaklawn.
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OAKLAWN’S MARKETING TEAM BRINGS HOME NINE ROMERO AWARDS

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Thursday, July 14, 2016) – Oaklawn’s marketing department received nine Romero Awards during the closing ceremonies of the Gaming Marketing & Technology Conference July 14 in Las Vegas, bringing its lofty total to 52 awards over the last seven years. Oaklawn was competing in the large gaming property category for just the second time as a result of its 2015 expansion, which increased the competition exponentially.
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Rebel Stakes Runners Cherry Wine and Cupid Lead Indiana Derby Field

Oaklawn Rebel Stakes graduates Cherry Wine and Cupid are the program favorites for the $500,000 Indiana Derby (G2) Saturday at Indiana Grand. Cherry Wine, fourth in $900,000 Rebel (G2) March 19, is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the projected 12-horse field, while Rebel winner Cupid is the 3-1 second choice.
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Oaklawn Handicap Winner Effinex Repeats in Suburban Handicap

Oaklawn Handicap winner Effinex, under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, edged Samraat by a neck to win the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (G2) for older horses for a second consecutive year Saturday at Belmont Park. The victory helped trainer Jimmy Jerkens equal a feat accomplished by his late father, the legendary Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens.
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Smack Smack and Shotgun Kowboy Run 1-2 in Cornhusker

Smack Smack and Shotgun Kowboy nearly hit the wire together in the $350,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) for older horses March 19 at Oaklawn. It was the same story in the $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (G3) Saturday at Prairie Meadows, the marquee event of the Iowa Festival of Racing, but this time they were taking the top two positions. Smack Smack edged Shotgun Kowboy by a neck to give trainer Don Von Hemel of Hot Springs his biggest career victory since turning 82 May 14.
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