Oaklawn News

Improbable Works Toward Oaklawn Handicap

Grade 1 winner Improbable completed major preparations for the $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) for older horses at 1 1/8 miles May 2 with a 5-furlong workout over a fast track Sunday morning at Oaklawn for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. Later in the day, Improbable drew post 14 of 14 for the race, the second straight race where he’s drawn the far outside.
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OAKLAWN SPLITS ARKANSAS DERBY; BOTH RACES TO CARRY FULL POINTS

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Sunday, April 26, 2020) – In a move believed to be unprecedented in American racing history, Oaklawn will split the 84th running of the Arkansas Derby Saturday, May 2. Thanks to the cooperation of Churchill Downs, both divisions will carry the full 170 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby (G1).
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The King is on the Grounds

Tampa Bay Derby winner King Guillermo went to the track for the first time since arriving Thursday afternoon at Oaklawn, jogging the wrong way after the surface renovation break Saturday morning for trainer Juan Carlos Avila in advance of the $750,000 Arkansas Derby (G1) at 1 1/8 miles May 2.
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Shooters Shoot to Make Stakes Debut in Arkansas Derby

Trainer Peter Eurton plans to enter two horses in the $750,000 Arkansas Derby (G1) May 2 at Oaklawn. One is a champion, Storm the Court. The other is Shooters Shoot, who will be making his stakes debut in the 1 1/8-mile major Kentucky Derby prep.
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TWO GRADE 1 WINNERS CLASH IN CAROUSEL STAKES

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, April 24, 2020) – Perhaps no Oaklawn listed stakes race in the short COVID-19 era was transformed more than Saturday’s Carousel for older female sprinters. Although it carries just a $125,000 purse, the 6-furlong event attracted two millionaire Grade 1 winners and a multiple Oaklawn stakes winner, Amy’s Challenge, for trainer Mac Robertson.
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EIGHT RINGS MAKES DEBUT IN BACHELOR STAKES

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, April 24, 2020) – Grade 1 winner Eight Rings’ second chance to run for the roses begins Saturday at Oaklawn when he makes his 2020 debut in the $100,000 Bachelor Stakes for 3-year-olds at 6 furlongs.
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CE CE OVERCOMES POST 14 TO WIN APPLE BLOSSOM

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, April 18, 2020) – Bo Hirsch, LLC’s lightly raced Ce Ce demonstrated she could eventually join the long list of champion females that have won Oaklawn’s signature race for older fillies and mares when she overcame post position 14 to win Saturday’s $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) by a head over Ollie’s Candy.
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