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Photo: Wynn Time (yellow and purple silks), who finished a narrow second in the 2018 Hot Springs Stakes, returns to stakes action Saturday

Successful Oaklawn Sprinters Back in Action

Two successful Oaklawn-raced sprinters are scheduled to return to competition later this week, including one approaching $1 million in career earnings.

Oklahoma legend Welder is entered in the $70,000 Silver Goblin Stakes Friday at Remington Park, while Wynn Time is entered in the $50,000 Lightning Jet Handicap Saturday at Hawthorne.

Welder is seeking his ninth consecutive victory at Remington Park and third consecutive Silver Goblin triumph. The 6-year-old Oklahoma-bred gelding has a 20-4-4 record from 30 lifetime starts and earnings of $928,998. Welder has only made six starts outside Oklahoma, with one coming in the $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes for older sprinters March 9 at Oaklawn. Welder finished third in the Hot Springs, which marked the first Oaklawn starter for trainer Theresa Luneack. Welder, in his seasonal debut, was beaten two lengths by Whitmore, who won the race for the third consecutive year. Whitmore, among the country’s top sprinters, finished third in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, pushing his career earnings to $2,817,600.

Welder is the 2-5 program for the Silver Goblin. The son of The Visualiser is scheduled to break from post 6 under regular rider David Cabrera, Oaklawn’s second-leading jockey in 2018.

Probable post time for the 6 ½-furlong Silver Goblin, which goes as race 7, is 9:55 p.m. (Central).

The race honors Oklahoma-bred millionaire Silver Goblin, who, in 1995, won Oaklawn’s $50,000 Essex Handicap (G3) and $200,000 Razorback Handicap (G2) before finishing second to eventual Horse of the Year Cigar in the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G1). Silver Goblin was trained by three-time Oaklawn training champion Kenny Smith.

Then with trainer Mac Robertson, Wynn Time started twice at the 2018 Oaklawn meeting, finishing second in the Hot Springs (beaten a neck) and third behind Whitmore, beaten three-quarters of a length, in the $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3). Whitmore ran second in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Wynn Time, who is now trained by Robertson’s father, Hugh, hasn’t started since capturing the $75,000 Duncan F. Kenner Stakes Jan. 19 at Fair Grounds. Overall, Wynn Time has an 8-2-1 record from 11 starts and earnings of $324,820. The gelding is seeking his fourth consecutive victory (all stakes).

Wynn Time (3-1 on the morning line) is scheduled to break from post 8 Saturday under Marcelino Pedroza.

Probable post time for the 6-furlong Lightning Jet Handicap, which goes as race 6, is 5:30 p.m. (Central).

Wynn Time is a 5-year-old Illinois-bred son of Three Hour Nap, a 2006 Oaklawn allowance winner for Mac Robertson.

Finish Lines

Oaklawn’s stable area opens Nov. 25, with the track opening for training Dec. 2. Live racing is scheduled to begin Jan. 24. … Summer’s Indy, a May 4 starter-allowance winner at Oaklawn, is 4-1 on the morning line for the $100,000 Treasure Chest Stakes Friday at Delta Downs. The 1-mile race is for fillies and mares. Summer’s Indy is trained by Karl Broberg, the country’s perennial leader in victories. Broberg, Oaklawn’s third-leading trainer in 2019, recorded his 500th victory this year Wednesday. … Oaklawn-raced Forevamo is the 3-1 program favorite for the $100,000 Delta Mile Stakes Saturday at Delta Downs.