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Elocutionist at Oaklawn Park
March 13, 1976
Elocutionist at Oaklawn Park

Elocutionist confirmed his status as a classics hopeful at Oaklawn Park.

Unbeaten as a 2-year-old in 1975, Elocutionist started his 3-year-old season at Hialeah with a win and a third-place finish before heading to Oaklawn. In his first race there, he was beaten a neck in the March 13 Rebel Handicap. After that, it was all wins on the way to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

Elocutionist remained at Oaklawn. He won an allowance race at a mile and 70 yards and the Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at 1 1/8 miles. Sent to Kentucky, he captured an allowance race at Keeneland in his final Kentucky Derby prep.

Elocutionist was no match for the two favorites, Bold Forbes and Honest Pleasure, in the Run for the Roses and finished third behind those two. The Preakness (gr. I) was a different story. He raced off the pace and passed pacesetter Bold Forbes near the eighth pole to win by 3 1/2 lengths, with Bold Forbes third and Honest Pleasure unplaced. The Preakness turned out to be his last start.

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