Another year, another Oaklawn-raced horse captures Louisiana Downs’ signature event.
Rotation, second in two maiden special weights events earlier this year in Hot Springs, was a three-quarter length winner of Saturday’s $300,000 Super Derby (G3) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles under Richard Eramia.
Rotation ($13.40) races for the familiar partnership of breeder/owner Winchell Thoroughbreds (Ron and Joan Winchell) and Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, who has collected four consecutive Oaklawn training titles and 10 overall since 2007. Notable recent runners for Winchell/Asmussen include Tapiture, who won the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds in 2014 at Oaklawn, and champion Untapable, winner of the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) for older fillies and mares in 2015 at Oaklawn.
Tapiture, Untapable and Rotation are all by the Winchells’ super sire, Tapit. Tapiture and Rotation are full brothers, both being out of the Olympio mare, Free Spin. Olympio won the $500,000 Arkansas Derby (G2) in 1991 at Oaklawn for the Winchell family and Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally.
Rotation ran second at Oaklawn March 16 and April 13 before breaking his maiden May 4 at Churchill Downs. Carrying equal top weight of 124 pounds Saturday, Rotation ran the distance over a fast track in 1:43.70. The victory, Rotation’s second in nine starts, raised his career earnings to $302,318. Eramia was Oaklawn’s fifth-leading jockey this year.
The Asmussen-trained Limation won the 2018 Super Derby after making his first three career starts at Oaklawn. Texas Chrome won the 2016 Super Derby after finishing third in Oaklawn’s $150,000 Bachelor Stakes in his 3-year-old debut.
Temperence Hill won the inaugural Super Derby in 1980. At the 1980 Oaklawn meeting, Temperence Hill broke his maiden and won the Rebel Handicap and Arkansas Derby en route to an Eclipse Award as the country’s champion 3-year-old male. His eighth and final victory that year came in the Super Derby.
David Cabrera, Oaklawn’s second-leading rider in 2018, recorded his 1,000th career North American victory Monday night at Prairie Meadows, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization.
Cabrera reached the milestone in the seventh race aboard Rocketringo ($8.60) for owner/trainer Karl Broberg. Cabrera, in his Oaklawn debut in 2018, won 43 races, including three stakes, to finish second in the standings to perennial champion Ricardo Santana Jr. Cabrera rode 12 winners this year in Hot Springs.
Broberg, perennially the country’s winningest trainer, had 33 victories this year at Oaklawn to finish third in the standings.
A native of Mexico, Cabrera began riding in the United States in 2013. From 6,043 career mounts through Monday, Cabrera had amassed 1,000 victories and $20,903,077 in purse earnings.
Walter De La Cruz, ninth in the 2019 Oaklawn jockey standings, had 997 career North American victories through Monday, according to Equibase.
Oaklawn-raced Double Tuff is the even-money program favorite for the $100,000 Brickyard Stakes for Indiana-bred sprinters Wednesday at Indiana Grand. … Oaklawn-raced Pole Setter is entered in the $500,000 Franklin-Simpson Stakes (G3) Thursday at Kentucky Downs. … Trainer Randy Morse, an Oaklawn regular, entered Tuesday with 996 career victories, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization.