Oaklawn News

WHITMORE RETURNS A WINNER IN HOT SPRINGS STAKES

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, March 10, 2018) – Post-time favorite Whitmore, making his first start since the Breeders’ Cup Sprint last November, proved his class by wearing down the early leader late to capture his second straight $125,000 Hot Springs Stakes for owners Southern Springs Stables, Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners LLC.
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Barn Notes: Martini Glass Has Eyes Set on Azeri

The rags-to-riches story of multiple stakes winner Martini Glass is scheduled to continue in the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) for older fillies and mares March 17 at Oaklawn, co-owner/trainer Keith Nations said Thursday afternoon.
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Barn Notes: Diodoro in Three-Way Battle for Leading Trainer Honors

Trainer Robertino Diodoro trails perennial leading trainer Steve Asmussen by only one win following a victory in Thursday’s ninth race. Trainer Brad Cox is right behind him; A half-sister to multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Ministry was born March 1, said Linda Robbins, a practicing veterinarian who owns nearby Starfish Farm; Owner Staton Flurry of Hot Springs is the special guest on Saturday’s Dawn at Oaklawn, a weekly question-and-answer session hosted by paddock analyst Nancy Holthus.
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Barn Notes: Smart Spree Looking to Take Next Step Up

The razor-sharp Smart Spree will be considered for a second-level allowance and the $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) April 14 for his next start following his easy starter-allowance victory Sunday at Oaklawn, trainer Norman McKnight said Thursday morning; Higher Power returned to the track Thursday morning following his 6-furlong work in 1:13 Tuesday morning in advance of the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds March 17, trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel said.
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Barn Notes: Sporting Chance Works a Mile Monday In Advance of Rebel

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas went old school Monday morning at Oaklawn, working Grade 1 winner Sporting Chance a mile in preparation for the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds March 17; Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez will ride Sporting Chance in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds March 17, Lukas said Monday morning; Charles Fipke’s homebred, Title Ready, will make his stakes debut in the $900,000 Rebel (G2) for 3-year-olds March 17, Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen said Monday morning.
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Barn Notes: Exclamation Point Wins Second Straight Start

Trainer Brad Cox said it’s “very possible” unbeaten Exclamation Point will run again this year at Oaklawn, but it won’t be in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds March 17; The promising Higher Power is targeting the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 17, trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel said Thursday morning; Red Ruby completed major preparations for Saturday’s $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies with a sharp half-mile work in company after the renovation break Sunday morning for trainer Kellyn Gorder.
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CHANTELINE COMES THROUGH IN SPRING FEVER; J.E. HANDMEDOWN WINS NODOUBLE

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, March 3, 2018) – Ten Broeck Farm, Inc.’s Chanteline rebounded from a fourth-place finish as the favorite in the Jan. 27 American Beauty to win Saturday’s $125,000 Spring Fever Stakes before a sun-drenched crowd of 20,000. She was the third of four wins on the card for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen and leading rider Ricardo Santana Jr.
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Barn Notes: Oaklawn Has First Fast Track since Feb. 9

The sun is shining and Oaklawn has a fast track for the first time since Feb. 9; Edgar Morales, Oaklawn’s leading apprentice this year, rode his eighth winner at the meeting Friday, guiding Charming Deputy ($51.80) to a neck victory in the fifth race for owner/trainer John Haran.
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GOLDEN MISCHIEF LEADS WELL-MATCHED SPRING FEVER

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, March 2, 2018) – A well-matched field of 11, including 7-2 program favorite Golden Mischief, is entered in the $125,000 Spring Fever Stakes for older female sprinters Saturday at Oaklawn.
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Barn Notes: Exclamation Point Takes Next Career Step Saturday

The next test for impressive maiden winner Exclamation Point comes in Saturday’s fifth race at Oaklawn, a first-level allowance/optional claimer that will mark the two-turn debut for the half-brother to champion and 2017 Arkansas Derby winner Classic Empire; Trainer Kenny McPeek recorded his record fifth victory since Oaklawn’s “Lasix-free Bonus Program” was implemented in 2015 in Thursday’s first race with Brockton George, who was making his first career start without the legal anti-bleeder medication.
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