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.
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).
Romping maiden winner, late Triple Crown nominee, could run April 16 in grade I.
Cupid strikes in Oaklawn's Rebel and more inside the March 26, 2016 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.
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.
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There are so many factors that can affect the outcome of a horse sale it is often difficult to predict a probable outcome. But all signs are pointing toward a positive Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale of 2-year-olds.
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.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. has scheduled under tack workout sessions from March 9-11 for horses entered in the March sale of 2-year-olds in training that will be held in Ocala, Fla., March 15-16.
The Rebel Stakes (gr. II) contenders led the March 5 worktab at Oaklawn Park.
The long-range forecast is for Vorticity, runner-up in two graded stakes in New York last month, to run in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 19 at Oaklawn, trainer Chuck Lawrence said.
Successfully managing American Pharoah's Triple Crown sweep and Breeders' Cup Classic was a transcendent season in the sport of Thoroughbred racing, and Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert was rewarded with his fourth Eclipse.
Oaklawn Park will pay tribute to American Pharoah with a 'bobblehorse' promotion on Jan. 18, 2016.
The son of Carson City will relocate from Florida to Mighty Acres near Pryor, Okla., according to Schumer Bloodstock and The Stallion Company, which brokered the move.
Hill 'n' Dale Farms has released its stallion roster and fees for 2016, but it hasn't yet announced the fee for its newly acquired stallion Curlin. His fee will be announced at a future date.
Top sprinter Secret Circle, whose retirement was announced in September, has found a home at stud at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms, per an Oct. 14 release.
Cyber Secret, winner of the 2013 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) for Charles Cella, will move from Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla., to Dr. Linda Robbins' Starfish Stables near Hot Springs, Ark., for the 2016 breeding season.
Secret Circle, a two-time Breeders' Cup winner and the 2015 Golden Shaheen victor, will be retired to stud for the 2016 breeding season, co-owner Mike Pegram said. Stud plans have not yet been determined.
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.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a proclamation June 5 declaring Saturday, June 6, "American Pharoah Day" throughout the entire state.
A field of 13 turf sprinters will line up at Belmont Park June 6 in the $300,000 Jaipur Invitational Stakes, which, at six furlongs on grass, should prove to be one of the most exciting races on the stakes-loaded card.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Atigun||James A. Jerkens||
|Cyber Secret||Lynn S. Whiting||
|Jake Mo||W. Bret Calhoun||
|Najjaar||Daniel C. Peitz||
|Pee H Dee||Chris Richard||
|Reckless Jerry||Kenny P. Smith||
|Ring It Up||Chris Richard||
|Sabercat||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Secret Circle||Bob Baffert||
|Unbridled's Note||Steven M. Asmussen||