HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, May 1, 2020) – JRita Young Thoroughbred LLC’s Man In The Can proved he’s the best male Arkansas-bred at Oaklawn when he stepped up against older horses and won Friday’s $165,000 Arkansas Breeders’ Championship by a neck over 4-5 favorite KJ’s Nobility.
Coming off the victory in the six-furlong Rainbow Stakes April 17, Man In The Can was forwardly placed under Joel Rosario and stalked Souixper Charger through opening fractions of :22 3/5 and :46 1/5 through the first half mile. He shook his early rival and had just enough to hold off the late closing KJ’s Nobility in a final time of 1:43 1/5 over a fast track. Prospector Fever was third.
“He broke well,” Rosario said. “In the stretch, I think he was looking towards the inside and lost focus for a minute. I just tried to keep him moving forwarded.”
Man In the Can, a homebred son of Can The Man, improved his record to three wins from four starts and has now earned $178,893. He returned $11.80, $4.40 and $4 at odds of 9-2.
Live racing resumes tomorrow for the final day of the 57-day live race meet with a first post of 12 noon. The 14 race card is highlighted by two runnings of the $500,000 Arkansas Derby (G1) and the $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2). While no fans are permitted to experience racing onsite during this time, they can to watch and wager through OaklawnAnywhere.com or any ADW of their choice.
Winning trainer Ron Moquett, Man In The Can: “I actually thought that he would be a little farther off the pace because of the post position. The only thing that I told Joel (Rosario) is I think that he's going to like going around two turns - just remember he's never done it, so you're going to have to make all the decisions for him. When he broke so well, Joel decided to take advantage of it and sit right off of the pace and come home in a pretty good time.”
Jockey Calvin Borel, second on KJ’s Nobility: “No excuse. I thought I had dead aim on him (Man in the Can) turning for home. The track's a little fast. I just didn't get by him. My little horse ran hard. No excuse.”