A field of eight will go postward in Saturday's Oaklawn Handicap (gr. I). Highweight in the field is local legend Mr Ross, who will carry 118 pounds in the $500,000, 1 1/8-miles contest.
Mr Ross, a 7-year-old gelding by Seattle Slew's son Slewacide, is a Don McNeill homebred trained by Donnie Von Hemel. The Oklahoma-bred is two-for-two this year, scoring wins in the Maxxam Gold Cup Handicap and the Razorback Handicap (gr. III), the local, traditional prep for the Oaklawn Handicap.
Mr Ross, a winner of 17 of 40 starts and an earner of just over $1-million, will be ridden by regular rider Don Pettinger. He'll break from post five.
Second in the weights at 117 pounds is Southern California-shipper Kudos at 117 pounds. Third behind Milwaukee Brew and Western Pride in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) in his last start for trainer Richard Mandella, Kudos will be ridden by Hall of Fame rider Eddie Delahoussaye and will break from post seven. Bred and owned by Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Moss, Kudos is a 5-year-old horse by Kris S.
Graeme Hall is third in the weights at 115 pounds. He, along with Dollar Bill, Bowman's Band, and This Fleet Is Due arrived in Hot Springs Wednesday after shipping in from South Florida.
Post Horse Weight Jockey
1 This Fleet Is Due 111 Pat Day
2 Graeme Hall 115 John Velazquez
3 Crafty Shaw 116 James Lopez
4 Secret Romeo 112 T. D. Houghton
5 Mr Ross 118 Donald Pettinger
6 Dollar Bill 114 Jorge Chavez
7 Kudos 117 Eddie Delahoussaye
8 Bowman's Band 113 Edgar Prado