Oaklawn News

UNBRIDLED MO PULLS UPSET IN APPLE BLOSSOM

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, April 12, 2018) – One day before he sends out the favorite Magnum Moon for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), trainer Todd Pletcher was the one pulling the upset when Red Oak Stable’s Unbridled Mo drew away from heavy 1-9 favorite Unique Bella to win the $700,000 Apple Blossom (G1) by 2 ½ lengths.
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SASSY SIENNA PREVAILS IN FANTASY UPSET

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, April 13, 2018) – The bridesmaid became the bride Friday when Medallion Racing and Jerry McClanahan’s Sassy Sienna got up late to win the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) after a second and third in the earlier prep races this season at Oaklawn.
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Barn Notes: Accelerate Feeling Fine This Time

Accelerate was scheduled to make his first start outside California in last year’s Oaklawn Handicap, but the son of champion Lookin At Lucky was withdrawn from the 1 1/8-mile race when he developed a fever after shipping to Hot Springs, trainer John Sadler said.
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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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