Oaklawn News

TAPIT STAR TAKES RAINBOW; BYE BYE J WINS RAINBOW MISS

On a sun-drenched afternoon, the first post-Arkansas Derby Saturday of racing in Oaklawn’s 115-year history, it was the 3-year-old Arkansas-breds that shined brightly before a crowd of 12,000. Bill Gossage’s Tapit Star won the $100,000 Rainbow Stakes, while two races later Alex and JoAnn Lieblong’s Bye Bye J won the $100,000 Rainbow Miss Stakes.
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Barn Notes: Leading Rider Title Could Come Down to the Wire

Ricardo Santana Jr. normally has the Oaklawn riding title sewn up by Arkansas Derby Day. But, this is not a normal year at Oaklawn since the meeting has been extended three weeks to May 4 (Kentucky Derby Day), a window of 11 racing days that will decide whether Santana secures his seventh consecutive Oaklawn riding title or David Cohen captures his first.
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Mike Smith Makes His Pick

Moments after Omaha Beach won the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) Saturday at Oaklawn, his owner, Rick Porter, said he was confident Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith would choose to ride the colt back in the Kentucky Derby.
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MIDNIGHT BISOU EDGES ESCAPE CLAUSE FOR APPLE BLOSSOM WIN

Favorite Midnight Bisou demonstrated her championship potential by grinding out a narrow win over the hard-fighting Escape Clause in Sunday’s $750,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1). It was the seventh Apple Blossom for Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who won it twice with Zenyatta and three times with Azeri, and second for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, who won it with champion Untapable.
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FIGHT ON LIVES UP TO NAME WITH FIFTH SEASON VICTORY

C T R Stables LLC. and Steven Keh’s Fight On, a 10-1outsider, lived up to his name with a hard fought victory by a nose over fellow longshot Casino Star in Sunday’s $150,000 Fifth Season Stakes. He completed the 1 1/16-mile race in 1:44 3/5 over a good track.
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OMAHA BEACH SPLASHES TO ARKANSAS DERBY VICTORY

Fox Hill Farm’s Rebel Stakes (G2) winner Omaha Beach returned to Hot Springs from his California base to post an even more impressive victory in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) before a rain-drenched crowd of 45,000.
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QUIP NARROW WINNER OF OAKLAWN HANDICAP

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, April 13, 2019) – WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing’s Quip made a successful return to Oaklawn, holding off Lone Sailor by a neck to win the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) for older horses before an estimated crowd of 45,000 on a rainy Saturday afternoon.
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