Barn Notes March 26: Tisdale Ready for Stakes Audition

Saturday’s second race at Oaklawn is a stakes audition for lightly raced Tisdale, said Ron Moquett of Hot Springs, who trains the 3-year-old Friesan Fire colt. That stakes race could be the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 16 at Oaklawn.
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Racing Festival of the South Set for April 9–16

The 2016 live race meet may be winding down, but the best is yet to come with the richest purses in track history and the Racing Festival of the South, which runs Saturday, April 9 – Saturday, April 16 when it culminates with the $1 million Arkansas Derby. Last year, 65,000 fans turned out to watch eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah win the Arkansas Derby on his way to his historical sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
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OAKLAWN INCREASES OVERNIGHT PURSES AND THREE STAKES (AGAIN)

Hot Springs, Ark. (Wednesday, March 23, 2016) – The final three weeks of racing will feature the highest purses in Oaklawn’s history after the track announced its third increase of the meet that has benefitted greatly from good weather and overwhelming support from fans.
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Barn Notes March 20: Ivan Fallunovalot Returns to Work Tab; Leads Count Fleet Works

Multiple stakes winner Ivan Fallunovalot returned to the work tab Sunday morning at Oaklawn, breezing a half-mile in :48 after the renovation break under Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel. The move over a fast track was the first for the gelding since he developed a quarter-crack on the inside of his left front foot late last month, and first in preparation for the $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) April 10 at Oaklawn.
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Barn Notes March 20: REBEL STAKES RECAP

Cupid gave trainer Bob Baffert his record sixth win in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes in the last seven runnings of the race, and the morning after he was so still impressed with the son of Tapit that he plans to send him back for the Grade 1 $1 million Arkansas Derby April 16.
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