Arkansas-bred star and multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Hoonani Road is scheduled to make his comeback in Thursday’s fifth race at Churchill Downs, a conditioned allowance sprint at 6 furlongs.
Trained by Wayne Catalano and owned by Jerry Caroom of Hot Springs, Hoonani Road hasn’t started since winning the $200,000 Arkansas Breeders’ Championship Stakes at 1 1/16 miles May 4 at Oaklawn. The gelding is unbeaten in seven career starts at Oaklawn, including three stakes.
Hoonani Road (8-1 on the morning line) is scheduled to break from post 2 under regular rider Channing Hill, Catalano’s son-in-law. In addition to the inaugural Arkansas Breeders’ Championship, Hoonani Road has beaten state-breds in two Oaklawn sprint stakes, the $100,000 Rainbow in 2018 and the $100,000 Nodouble Breeders’ March 23.
Overall, Hoonani Road has an 8-1-0 record from 12 lifetime starts and earnings of $452,838. The 4-year-old gelded son of Jonesboro, a multiple Oaklawn stakes winner and millionaire, beat open company in a June 2018 first-level allowance sprint at Churchill Downs.
Thursday’s projected nine-horse field includes Oaklawn-raced Zipp On By, Pete’s Play Call, Petrov and Captain Scotty, the 9-5 program favorite. Trained by Peter Miller, Captain Scotty hasn’t started since a 6 ¾-length allowance victory March 24 at Oaklawn. Zipp On By is also entered in the $200,000 Fabulous Strike Stakes Wednesday at Penn National.
Probable post time for Thursday’s fifth race is 12:24 p.m. (Central).
Churchill’s Thanksgiving card is headlined by the $300,000 Falls City Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on dirt.
The co-3-1 program favorite is Go Google Yourself, who won a March 8 allowance race at Oaklawn in her 4-year-old debut. Go Google Yourself exits a neck victory over Moonlit Garden in the $200,000 Locust Grove Stakes (G3) Sept. 14 at Churchill Downs. Mylady Curlin finished a length farther back in third. Moonlit Garden finished third in the $200,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) for older fillies and mares Feb. 18 at Oaklawn. Mylady Curlin was a March 17 allowance winner at Oaklawn. Brad Cox, Oaklawn’s sixth-leading trainer in 2019, trains Moonlit Garden (10-1) and Mylady Curlin (7-2).
Probable post time for the Falls City, which goes as race 9, is 2:24 p.m. (Central).
Oaklawn opens for training Monday. Live racing is scheduled to begin Jan. 24. … Oaklawn-raced Boldor is entered in the $125,000 OBS Sprint Stakes at 6 furlongs Tuesday at Ocala Training Center. … Motion Emotion, among Oaklawn’s top 3-year-old fillies this year, is entered in the $250,000 Zia Park Oaks at 1 1/16 miles Wednesday at Zia Park. … Oaklawn-raced Chief Cicatriz is the 9-5 program favorite for the $100,000 Zia Park Sprint Stakes at 6 furlongs Wednesday at Zia Park. … Multiple Oaklawn winner Dupree is entered in the $200,000 Fabulous Strike Stakes at 6 furlongs Wednesday at Penn National. … Recruiting Ready, winner of the $150,000 Bachelor Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters in 2017 at Oaklawn, is entered in the $200,000 Fall Highweight Handicap at 6 furlongs Thursday at Aqueduct. … Oaklawn winners Smart Emma and Area are entered in the $175,000 Cardinal Stakes (G3) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf Thursday at Churchill Downs. … Wilbo, winner of Oaklawn’s $125,000 King Cotton Stakes for older sprinters in 2018, is 5-2 on the morning line for the $100,000 Thanksgiving Classic Stakes at 6 furlongs Thursday at Fair Grounds. … Oaklawn-raced Gato Guapo ($4.40) won the $30,000 Walter R. Cluer Memorial Stakes Saturday at Turf Paradise for Robertino Diodoro, Oaklawn’s second-leading trainer the last three years.