Oaklawn News

SWISS SKYDIVER EDGES FAVORITE VENETIAN HARBOR IN FANTASY

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, May 1, 2020) – Peter J. Callahan’s Swiss Skydiver, despite her #1 ranking on the Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard, was overlooked at odds of 16-1, but this will probably be the last time her connections can cash a big ticket after she pulled away late to defeat 4-5 favorite Venetian Harbor by 2 ½ lengths in Friday’s $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3).
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MAN IN THE CAN UPSETS ARKANSAS BREEDERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

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.
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COMBATANT, IMPROBABLE AMONG 14 ENTERED IN OAKLAWN HANDICAP

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, May 1, 2020) – It’s not far-fetched to think that more than half of the 14-horse field entered in Saturday’s $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) will be among the starters in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 7 at Keeneland based on the quality of the field. There are 10 Graded stakes winners and 13 total stakes winners among the field.
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Wells Bayou Running for the Home Team

Wells Bayou is running in a Derby on the first Saturday in May, just not the one at Churchill Downs. But for his local owners, the second division of the $500,000 Arkansas Derby (G1) is the next best thing.
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BAFFERT RUNNERS FAVORED IN BOTH ARKANSAS DERBYS

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Thursday, April 30, 2020) – Oaklawn has split three of its four Kentucky Derby prep races once during the last decade, and so far it’s a split decision for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.
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KJ’S NOBILITY LEADS FRIDAY’S ARKANSAS BREEDERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Wednesday, April 29, 2020) – Trainer Cecil Borel has a chance to go out a winner – maybe this time for good – when he sends out 5-2 program favorite K J’s Nobility against 10 scheduled rivals in the $165,000 Arkansas Breeders’ Championship Stakes for state-breds Friday at Oaklawn.
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CHAMPION BRITISH IDIOM AMONG 14 ENTERED IN FANTASY

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Wednesday, April 29, 2020) – Horses from all parts of the country converging for Friday’s ninth race at Oaklawn isn’t a fantasy. It is the Fantasy, a $400,000 Grade 3 stakes race for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles that drew a full field of 14, including champion British Idiom and four Grade 2 winners.
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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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