John Oxley will turn 80 Jan. 24 but the classic-winning owner feels like he's half that age. And, he's ready to spend that energy on a busy upcoming racing and personal schedule.
The industry will miss many from '16, including this trifecta: Ted Bates, Lucy Gay Bassett, and Monarchos
Forever Darling showed her potential again Jan. 2, when she took the $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.
Grade II stakes-placed Forest Command will stand in 2011 at Oak Hill Farm near Paso Robles, Calif.
Ed Friendly's Prioress (gr. I) winner Friendly Michelle tops a field of 10 3-year-old fillies entered for the sixth running of the $200,000 Raven Run Stakes (gr. II) Friday at Keeneland.
Miss Matched, probably the most exciting 2-year-old winner of the 2004 Monmouth season when she broke her maiden on July 15, has been sold to John and Debby Oxley, trainer Bill Perry reported Saturday.
Debby Oxley has announced that her grade I winner Forest Secrets has been retired and that the 5-year-old daughter of Forest Wildcat will be bred to Monarchos.
<b>Saratoga Notebook:</b> Oxley Filly Finds Plenty of Trouble; Frankel Questions Weight For Labamta Babe; Raging Fever Could be Headed for B.C. Sprint
Perfectly Stunning found nothing but back luck in her debut. Considering her earlier setbacks, that's nothing new.
Miss Linda and Forest Secrets, both grade 1 winners last year, make their seasonal debuts at Gulfstream Park Friday when they head a field of 12 fillies and mares in the $100,000 Sabin Handicap (gr. III) at 1 1/16-miles.
Forest Secrets, with Craig Perret aboard, put away pacesetter Miss Linda at the top of the stretch and charged home for a 1 ¼-length upset victory over Printemps in Thursday's featured $273,500 grade III Falls City for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up at Churchill Downs.
Beautiful Pleasure, the champion older mare of 1999, will make her first start of the year in Saturday's grade I Hempstead Handicap at Belmont Park where the 6-year-old mare will face seven rivals in the 1 1/16 mile contest, including stablemate Darling My Darling. Beautiful Pleasure races for John Oxley while Darling My Darling races for his wife, Debby Oxley, both are trained by John and Donna Ward.
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