Oaklawn News

Omaha Beach Favored in Kentucky Derby

Two stakes victories at Oaklawn made Rick Porter’s Omaha Beach the possible Kentucky Derby program favorite. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith sticking with the colt probably made Omaha Beach the Kentucky Derby program favorite. A workout Saturday morning at Churchill Downs stamped Omaha Beach the Kentucky Derby program favorite.
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Court Looking for Stakes Success Over Next Two Weekends

His mind is on the last Saturday in April and the first Saturday in May. Jockey Jon Court is reunited with Gray Attempt in the $150,000 Bachelor Stakes Saturday at Oaklawn and is scheduled to pilot Long Range Toddy in the Kentucky Derby May 4 at Churchill Downs.
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Barn Notes: O’Neill Well Represented in Oaklawn’s Final Stakes

Doug O’Neill waited 19 years for his second stakes victory at Oaklawn. The Southern California-based trainer will have a chance at Nos. three and four in a span of about 19 days, with unbeaten Landeskog entered in Saturday’s $150,000 Bachelor for 3-year-olds at 6 furlongs and Fight On pointing for the inaugural $250,000 Oaklawn Mile for older horses May 3.
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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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