Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week we have full slates of stakes at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park, and a Triple Crown prep in New York.
Almost three years after hitting the equine lottery, Ivan Fallunovalot bids for a record third consecutive victory in the Feb. 4 King Cotton Stakes, a $125,000 six-furlong event for older horses at Oaklawn.
Suddenbreakingnews is scheduled to make his 4-year-old debut in the seventh race Jan. 27 at Oaklawn Park, a fourth-level allowance/optional claimer for older horses going 1 1/16 miles.
After splashing to a record-setting victory in his 3-year-old debut, Uncontested will be pointed to the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 20 at Oaklawn Park, trainer Wayne Catalano said Jan. 18.
Uncontested rebounded from a disappointing stakes debut in November with a powerhouse performance in the Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 16 at Oaklawn Park, where he stamped himself a contender for the 2017 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
Aptly named Uncontested jumped out to an early lead and never looked back en route to a 5 1/4-length romp in the Smarty Jones Stakes over a sloppy track at Oaklawn Park on the Martin Luther King holiday card Jan. 16.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Northeast Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week, we have a trio of graded stakes at Gulfstream Park Saturday, Oaklawn Park's first Triple Crown prep, and more.
When Oaklawn Park's scheduled 57-day season begins Jan. 13, Vic Stauffer will be just the sixth announcer in the track's history.
Of the eight entered for the Smarty Jones, which offers 17 points in the Road to the Kentucky Derby standings, Warrior's Club is the lone stakes winner.
Multiple graded stakes winner Texas Chrome will target the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) April 15 for his 4-year-old debut, trainer J.R. Caldwell said Jan. 10.
A planned move to Oaklawn Park for its winter meet has been cancelled by Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who will instead remain in Southern California to be the "first-call stable rider" for Ruis Racing as of Dec. 1, according to a news release.
In July the Stronach Group purchased 100% of RaceTech, the historical racing company that had been controlled by Oaklawn Park owner the Cella family.
Oaklawn Park has reached a multi-year agreement with United Tote as its new provider for race wagering, ending a long-time relationship with AmTote.
One of the most recognized and experienced voices in Thoroughbred racing will step into Oaklawn Park's announcer's booth when Vic Stauffer calls the races for the 2017 season.
The Essex will also have a purse increase, as will ten other stakes races.
Suddenbreakingnews, a Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contender who recently had his sex status changed from gelding to ridgling, might still be considered a gelding had he not contested any of the Triple Crown races.
This week we take a closer look at Creator, winner of the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) on April 16 at Oaklawn Park.
Oaklawn Park concluded the 2016 live racing season April 16 with across-the-board increases in handle, attendance, average field size, and Oaklawn Anywhere (the tracks advance-deposit wagering site) business.
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.
Effinex, who may have been the top handicap horse in the country at the end of last season, secured another big win April 16 with a one-length score in the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park.
Charles Fipke's homebred Forever Unbridled claimed her third straight graded score and first at the top level April 15 in the $600,000 Apple Blossom (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park.
- By BloodHorse 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.
Effinex was made the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) favorite against a field that also includes Razorback Handicap (gr. III) winner Upstart and several other stakes winners.
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.
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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 filly was rank in the early going under Ricardo Santana Jr. and drifted out a bit in late stretch, while still holding off the challenge of previously undefeated stablemate Taxable.
Subtle Indian is 5-for-6 in his Oaklawn career, and counts the 2015 Gazebo Stakes and Hot Springs March 5 in his last start among his victories for trainer Robertino Diodoro.
Undefeated Taxable and four other entrants will vie with Stonestreet's runner on a win streak for a total of 170 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) points in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. III) April 9 at Oaklawn.
American Dubai put in his final major work April 2 in preparation for the April 9 running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) by working five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 after the renovation break at Keeneland.
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).
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- By BloodHorse 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.
Cupid strikes in Oaklawn's Rebel and more inside the March 26, 2016 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.
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For the sixth time in seven years, Bob Baffert sent out the winner of the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) when Cupid scored in the 1 1/16-mile race March 19 at Oaklawn Park.
Battling wide in the lane, Upstart completed a long drive to edge away from Domain's Rap and others for a one-length win in the $350,000 Razorback Handicap (gr. III) March 19 at Oaklawn Park.
Miller Racing's Call Pat ran down champion Untapable with a powerful closing kick March 19 to win the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park.
In terms of track, distance, and post position, a familiar challenge awaits Suddenbreakingnews in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 19 at Oaklawn Park, but following up may be his biggest challenge.
The chestnut colt blazed a rare trail for a Pennsylvania-bred, becoming only the second to win the Kentucky Derby, and each victory on the road to the Derby greatly increased his popularity and fan following.
Winchell Thoroughbreds' champion racemare is set for her return to the races for the second year in a row in the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (gr. II) March 19 at Oaklawn Park.
Ralph Evans' Upstart, a grade II winner and player on the Triple Crown trail last year, makes his 2016 debut as the 120-pound highweight in the March 19 Razorback Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park.
Jockey narrowly missed track's single-day record for victories.
Stepping into a stakes race for the first time proved little challenge for Stonestreet Stables homebred Terra Promessa, as the daughter of Curlin drew off to an easy win in the March 12 Honeybee Stakes (gr. III).
Thirteen are probable for Oaklawn race, including Hopeful (gr. I) winner Ralis and Southwest (gr. III) victor Suddenbreakingnews.
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