Oaklawn News

Jockey Luis Quinonez recorded his 600th career Oaklawn victory in Friday’s ninth race, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. Quinonez reached the milestone aboard Warrior’s Map ($39.60) for trainer Larry Jones.

Quinonez, 53, had his first mount at Oaklawn in 1991 and has had at least one victory every year in Hot Springs since 1998. A native of Mexico, Quinonez was Oaklawn’s leading rider in 2007, when he rode a personal-best 52 winners in Hot Springs.

According to Equibase, Quinonez entered Saturday with 5,313 mounts and $18,001,694 in purse earnings in his Oaklawn career. He has 26 career Oaklawn stakes victories.  

Earlier on Friday’s card, Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel recorded his 967th career Oaklawn victory aboard Bubbas Dixie ($10.20) in the sixth race for his older brother, trainer Cecil Borel. Calvin Borel was Oaklawn’s leading rider in 1995 and 2001.

Terry Thompson won Friday’s seventh race aboard Arrival ($9) for trainer Ingrid Mason, the jockey’s 647th career Oaklawn victory. Thompson was Oaklawn’s leading rider in 2009 and 2010.

A Sixth Sense

Win-machine My Sixth Sense will be considered for a return to stakes company, the gelding’s trainer, Steve Hobby of Hot Springs, said Friday morning.

My Sixth Sense won for the fourth time in his last five starts in Thursday’s featured eighth race, a 1-mile allowance for older horses at a mile. Two of those victories, both at the meet, have come since Hobby, on behalf of Batesville, Ark.-based HWL Partnership, claimed the 4-year-old gelding for $50,000 Nov. 29 at Churchill Downs.

“Got lucky there, didn’t we?” Hobby said. “Very lucky.”

Hobby said he had to shake for My Sixth Sense and credited co-owner Bill Walmsley for pulling the trigger. Walmsley, in partnership, campaigns the son of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense with wife Janis and the husband/wife team of Mark and Dianne Lamberth. Bill Walmsley is president of the Arkansas Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. Mark Lamberth is vice chairman of the Arkansas Racing Commission.

“Mr. Walmsley picked him out,” Hobby said. “He’s always shopping. Plus, he loved his pedigree. I guess that was the main reason. He looked at that pedigree and thought he could get better.”

A $225,000 Ocala Breeders’ Spring Sale of 2-year-olds in training purchase, My Sixth Sense began his racing career for the high-profile connections of trainer Mark Casse and co-owner Gary Barber. My Sixth Sense won his August 2018 career debut at Ellis Park before finishing ninth in his next start, the $150,000 Iroquois Stakes (G3) in September 2018 at Churchill Downs. Hog Creek Hustle, a future Grade 1 winner, finished 10th in the Iroquois. Casse lost the gelding through a $50,000 claim last fall. My Sixth Sense won his last two starts for trainer Mike Maker before being claimed by Hobby.

My Sixth Sense’s only loss in three starts for Hobby was a third-place finish, as the favorite, behind Knicks Go in a Feb. 22 allowance race. Knicks Go, a Grade 1 winner, powered home by 7 ½ lengths in a meet-best 1:42.57 for 1 1/16 miles.

My Sixth Sense rebounded Thursday, collaring Rotation near the wire to win by a half-length over a sloppy track. Rotation was coming off a victory in the $300,000 Super Derby (G3) for 3-year-olds Sept. 7 at Louisiana Downs. My Sixth Sense paid $4.80 as the favorite. 

Hobby said My Sixth Sense will be considered for the $150,000 Oaklawn Mile April 11.

“Someday, I’m going to try that, I guess,” Hobby said, referring to a stakes race. “I thought he had a terrible trip yesterday, and still won. He should have been lying about third and he was almost last. I didn’t really want to run a mile. I think he’s better longer.”

My Sixth Sense has a 5-2-3 record for 14 lifetime starts and earnings of $235,059. The gelding, out of Livermore Leslie, is a full brother to multiple Grade 1 winner and millionaire Sweet Reason and half-brother to Grade 3 winner Don’t Forget Gil.

My Sixth Sense’s victory moved Hobby’s record at the meet to 5-0-3 from 10 starts. He has eight horses.

“Having a great meet,” Hobby said.

Hobby and HWL also campaign Headland, a four-time winner at last year’s Oaklawn meeting.

Finish Lines

Grade 1 winner and millionaire Mia Mischief won Friday’s eighth race, an allowance sprint for older females, in her 5-year-old debut for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen and Stonestreet Stables (Barbara Banke). Mia Mischief won Oaklawn’s $150,000 Purple Martin Stakes for 3-year-old filly sprinters in 2018 and was making her first start since a sharp victory in the $120,000 Dream Supreme Stakes Nov. 1 at Churchill Downs. Four days later, Stonestreet purchased Mia Mischief for $2.4 million at Fasig-Tipton’s Kentucky Fall Mixed Sale. Asmussen continued training the daughter of Into Mischief, the country’s leading sire in 2019, following the sale. The odds-on favorite Friday, Mia Mischief ($3) covered 6 furlongs over a good track in 1:10.61 under Ricardo Santana Jr. … David Cohen, Oaklawn’s leading rider in 2019, returned from a five-day riding suspension Saturday, stemming from last year’s meeting. … Through Friday, the 33rd day of the scheduled 57-day meeting, 250 claims had totaled