Oaklawn News

Barn Notes: Leading Rider Title Could Come Down to the Wire

Ricardo Santana Jr. normally has the Oaklawn riding title sewn up by Arkansas Derby Day. But, this is not a normal year at Oaklawn since the meeting has been extended three weeks to May 4 (Kentucky Derby Day), a window of 11 racing days that will decide whether Santana secures his seventh consecutive Oaklawn riding title or David Cohen captures his first.
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Mike Smith Makes His Pick

Moments after Omaha Beach won the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) Saturday at Oaklawn, his owner, Rick Porter, said he was confident Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith would choose to ride the colt back in the Kentucky Derby.
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Barn Notes: Arkansas Derby Field Taking Shape

The Oaklawn racing department is expecting between 10 and 12 runners for Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), including winners of the split final major local prep, the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 16.
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Barn Notes: Big Day for Racing Festival of the South Works

Several projected starters for Racing Festival of the South events recorded their final workouts over a fast track Saturday morning at Oaklawn, including 2018 Breeders’ Cup Sprint runner-up and Grade 1 winner Whitmore for co-owner/trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs.
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