Oaklawn Barn Notes - Friday, April 3

Multiple stakes winner Ivan Fallunovalot completed major preparations for next week’s $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) at Oaklawn with an easy half-mile work over a fast-rated surface Friday morning. Ivan Fallunovalot, who breezed about 30 minutes after the track opened for training, cruised home in :49.20 under Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.20.
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COMPETITIVE FIELD OF 11 ENTERED IN SATURDAY’S FANTASY STAKES

An evenly matched field of 11 is entered in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Oaklawn. The 1 1/16-mile Fantasy kicks off Oaklawn’s annual Racing Festival of the South, which features at least one stakes per day over the final week of the meeting.The nine stakes races, highlighted by the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11, are worth a combined $3.3 million.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes - Thursday, April 2

Far Right will have his final work for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11 at Oaklawn this weekend, trainer Ron Moquett said Thursday morning. Moquett said he plans to breeze his multiple stakes winning ridgling a half-mile Saturday or Sunday.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes - Wednesday, April 1

The Truth Or Else will add blinkers for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11 at Oaklawn, trainer Kenny McPeek said following the colt’s sizzling workout Wednesday morning under Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel. The colt, in his second breeze in blinkers, covered five furlongs over a fast-rated surface in :58.80 shortly after the renovation break, easily the quickest of 27 works recorded at the distance.
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TRAINER STEVE ASMUSSEN EARNS 7,000TH NORTH AMERICAN VICTORY

Six-time leading trainer Steve Asmussen earned his 7,000th North American victory Wednesday when Drama Coach won the second race at Oaklawn to also give the trainer the sweep of the early Daily Double. The two-time Eclipse Award winning trainer also holds two wins in Dubai from 2008 when Curlin won the Jaguar Trophy and the Dubai World Cup.
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WEAST HILL WINS RAINBOW STAKES IMPRESSIVELY

Coming off an eye-catching 7 ½-length maiden score in his career debut, Weast Hill was equally impressive winning his second start in Sunday’s $75,000 Rainbow Stakes. The Arkansas-bred 3-year-old by Rockport Harbor stopped the clock in 1:09 4/5 for six furlongs on the a fast track, the second fastest time in 41 editions of the Rainbow.
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BE MY CAROLINE PULLS MILD UPSET IN RAINBOW MISS

Sanders Brothers’ Be My Caroline, following in the footsteps of her big sister and top Arkansas-bred female All About Allie, led gate to wire to win Saturday’s $75,000 Rainbow Miss before a hometown crowd of 25,000. The daughter of Storm and a Half completed the six furlong race for Arkansas-bred 3-year-old fillies in 1:11 3/5.
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