This week we take a closer look at Creator, winner of the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) on April 16 at Oaklawn Park.
Victor Espinoza has committed to ride Whitmore in the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), co-owner Harry Rosenblum said April 20.
A gray son of Tapit romped in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 16 at Oaklawn Park, but it wasn't the one many expected.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
The Owners Concierge will be onsite to help Oaklawn provide hospitality to owners and their connections.
On April 9th the last two prep races for the 2016 Kentucky Derby will be held, and the field for the 142nd running of the "Run for the Roses" will be more-or-less established.
Claire Novak and Ellis Starr preview the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) featuring American Pioneer, Cupid, Whitmore, Creator, and Gettysburg. Includes a special offer for THS viewers. Sponsored by Equibase.
For trainer Ron Moquett, a win by Whitmore in the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. I) would be more than a successful step toward the first Saturday in May—it would mean reclaiming a hometown race that outside trainers have won the past four years.
Another year, another Arkansas Derby (gr. I) where trainer Bob Baffert has the favorite in the $1 million race at Oaklawn Park. This year, the choice is Rebel (gr. II) winner Cupid.
"When you have a horse like Mor Spirit and Cupid that could be competitive, there's a little hope, a little dream there," the trainer said. "But you still have to get there, just get in that gate."
Dazzling Gem, most recently third in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) will be entered in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) and is probable for the 1 1/8-mile race at Oaklawn Park, trainer Brad Cox said April 10.
The champion racemare remains on track for the April 16 Apple Blossom (gr. I), while Whitmore moved closer to his scheduled start in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) on the same day.
Under regular rider Luis Quinonez, the Mineshaft gelding went a half-mile in :48 4/5 April 1 at Oaklawn Park, his first work back since a troubled fifth in the March 19 Rebel Stakes (gr. II).
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region
Pennsylvania-bred Tisdale, owned by Harlow Stables, won an entry-level allowance race March 26 at Oaklawn Park and could resurface in a stakes, perhaps the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. I).
Romping maiden winner, late Triple Crown nominee, could run April 16 in grade I.
The final three weeks of racing will at Oaklawn Park this season will feature the highest purses in its history, the Arkansas racetrack announced March 23.
Thirteen are probable for Oaklawn race, including Hopeful (gr. I) winner Ralis and Southwest (gr. III) victor Suddenbreakingnews.
Grade I winner Ralis will make his 3-year-old debut in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 19 at Oaklawn Park, trainer Doug O'Neill said March 8.
Trainer Donnie Von Hemel said Pin Oak Stable's Synchrony will "more than likely" make his next start in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 15 at Oaklawn Park.
Oaklawn Park will pay tribute to American Pharoah with a 'bobblehorse' promotion on Jan. 18, 2016.
Oaklawn Park has made several enhancements to its 2016 stakes schedule, most notably increasing the purse of the March 19 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) from $750,000 to $900,000.
Danza, winner of the 2014 Arkansas Derby (gr. I) and third-place finisher in the subsequent Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will stand the 2016 breeding season at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a proclamation June 5 declaring Saturday, June 6, "American Pharoah Day" throughout the entire state.
Trainer Steve Asmussen said April 27 that Bold Conquest, No. 22 on the leaderboard for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), would likely not enter to sit on the also-eligible list for the May 2 classic.
American Pharoah, likely favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), finally got a chance to stretch his legs April 26 at Churchill Downs with a five-furlong work in :58 2/5.
Robert LaPenta and Harry Rosenblum's Far Right was focused in his final work for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) April 24 at Churchill Downs, going four furlongs in :49 flat.
Zayat Stables' Mr. Z breezed five furlongs in 1:01 at Churchill Downs April 22 in a final workout for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) that his Hall of Fame trainer said was "fine."
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Mike Battaglia, who sets the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands morning-line odds, is struggling to decide between stablemates Dortmund and American Pharoah when it comes to choosing a favorite for this year's classic.
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Zayat Stables' American Pharoah, part of a three-prong attack on the Kentucky Derby by trainer Bob Baffert, came out of Oaklawn race fine and wasted no time getting to Churchill Downs.
J. Keeler Johnson analyzes the potential early pace scenarios of the Kentucky Derby. read blog
Relive American Pharoah's victory in the 2015 Arkansas Derby (gr. I). See where your favorite horse was at several crucial points of the race with our interactive slideshow.
The top three finishers from the April 11 Arkansas Derby (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park, including runaway winner American Pharoah, emerged from the 1 1/8-mile race in good order, their connections said April 12.
Zayat Stables' homebred American Pharoah continued his tour de force of the Oaklawn Park 3-year-old prep series April 11, blowing away seven in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) with an impressive eight-length score.
- By Claire Novak
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Zayat Stables' homebred American Pharoah will try to wrap up his Triple Crown prep season with a victory in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) on Saturday, April 11 at Oaklawn Park.
If Jeremiah Englehart and Tom O'Grady, trainer and owner of Bridget's Big Luvy, are afraid of American Pharoah in the April 11 Arkansas Derby (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park, they are sure showing no signs of it.
Ackerley Brothers Farm's Bold Conquest tuned up for the Arkansas Derby (gr. I), working a half-mile in :48 3/5 April 6 at Oaklawn Park.
American Pharoah put in his final workout for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I), breezing six furlongs in 1:11 3/5 the morning of April 5 at Santa Anita Park
Multiple stakes winner Far Right recorded his final workout for the April 11 Arkansas Derby (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park the morning of April 4 for Ron Moquett. The Notional ridgling breezed an easy half-mile in :48 4/5.
The Truth Or Else will add blinkers for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 11 at Oaklawn Park, trainer Kenny McPeek said after the colt's bullet workout at the Arkansas oval April 1.
Last year's 3-year-old filly champion looks to bounce back from a defeat in the Azeri Stakes in the Apple Blossom Handicap
American Pharoah returned to training in impressive fashion March 29 at Santa Anita Park, recording a five-furlong breeze in :58 3/5.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Breeding, Breeders' Cup, Midwest Region, Southwest Region, Mid-Atlanic Region
Concern, the winner of the 1994 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and the only Breeders' Cup victor to race and stand in Oklahoma, has died at the age of 25.
Bob Baffert, trainer of leading Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) candidates American Pharoah and Dortmund, had the right answer when asked him which colt is better.
American Pharoah will return to Oaklawn Park for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 11, owner Ahmed Zayat said March 20.
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