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Oaklawn Barn Notes March 14

March 14, 2014

Trainer Steve Asmussen, newly-named as a finalist for the 2014 class in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, was at Oaklawn Park on Friday morning to supervise final preparations for his charges competing in tomorrow’s three graded stakes as well as three other races. Read More

Sadler Returns to Hot Springs with Two Top Contenders

March 14, 2014

Southern California-based trainer John Sadler is not quite the frequent visitor to Oaklawn as fellow California trainer Bob Baffert, but when he does send a horse, they should be respected. He won the 2010 Arkansas Derby (G1) with 17-1 longshot Line of David and the following year he finished second in the Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) with Switch. He returns to Hot Springs Saturday with two horses and is excited about their chances. Read More

Close Hatches Makes 4-Year-Old Debut in Saturday’s Azeri Stakes

March 13, 2014

Idle since her second-place finish to eventual Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Beholder in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) November 1, millionaire and dual Grade 1 winner Close Hatches makes her return to the races in Saturday’s $200,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) against six other talented fillies and mares. The Juddmonte Farms’ color bearer was installed as the 7-5 morning line favorite for the race, which is carded as the eighth of 11 races. Read More

Oaklawn Barn Notes March 13

March 13, 2014

You know it’s getting close to spring in Hot Springs when Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sends in a talented 3-year-old for one of Oaklawn’s rich prep races and this year he has sent Hoppertunity for Saturday’s $600,000 Rebel Stakes (G2). Baffert will be seeking his fourth Rebel victory after three straight wins between 2010 and 2013 with champion Lookin at Lucky, The Factor and Secret Circle, respectively. Read More

Oaklawn Barn Notes March 12

March 12, 2014

Southwest Stakes (G3) winner Tapiture and runner-up Strong Mandate renew their rivalry Saturday in the $600,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) as each colt looks to solidify their position as a leading Kentucky Derby hopeful. The Rebel, which is slated as the 10th of 11 live races at 6:04 p.m., drew a field of eight for the 1 1/16-mile race, the last local prep before the $1 million Arkansas Derby April 12 and subsequent Triple Crown races. Read More

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