Oaklawn News

Barn Notes: First start at Oaklawn for trainer Kelsey Danner with Nan’s Pierce Arrow in Sunday’s third race

Nan’s Pierce Arrow, who represented trainer Kelsey Danner’s first career starter last August at Ellis Park, will also be her first Oaklawn starter when he runs in Sunday’s third race; Trainer Don Von Hemel continued his streak that began in 1975 of at least one winner each season at Oaklawn when he saddled Bango Box to victory in Friday’s ninth race.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes: Moquett Scores 200th Oaklawn Win

Zaevion represented the 200th career Oaklawn victory for trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs in Sunday’s fourth race, a $40,000 maiden-claiming sprint for 3-year-olds and upward; Robertino Diodoro said before the meet that he would be active at the claim box, and Oaklawn’s second-leading trainer last year has been just that through the first six days of racing in 2018. He has claimed a meet-high six horses – all for Texas-based Mike Sisk’s M and M Racing; Gun Runner, runaway winner of the $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) in his 4-year-old debut last February at Oaklawn, is among three finalists for Horse of the Year.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes: Bronze Age Prepares For 4-Year-Old Debut

Bronze Age, one of only four horses to finish in front of top 3-year-old West Coast last year, is scheduled to make his 4-year-old debut in Saturday’s fifth race, an entry-level allowance at a mile; P C Cowboy, fourth in the Zia Park Derby, is scheduled to make his 4-year-old debut in Sunday’s eighth race, an allowance/optional claimer at 1 1/16 miles.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes: Young Guns Make Big Splash Opening Weekend

Newcomers C.J. McMahon and David Cabrera – both represented by agent Joe Santos – are among a five-way tie atop the standings with four victories through four days of racing; Boosted by strong off-track business, Monday’s all-source handle of $3,700,042 was a record for Smarty Jones Day and a 13.6 percent increase over the corresponding day last year, according to figures released by Oaklawn.
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