One year after increasing the purses of 19 stakes races, Oaklawn has planned the richest stakes schedule in track history for 2015. Chief among the changes is a $150,000 bump to the Rebel Stakes (gr. II).
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Adirondack King||John C. Servis||
|Atigun||James A. Jerkens||
|Cyber Secret||Lynn S. Whiting||
|Jake Mo||W. Bret Calhoun||
|Najjaar||Daniel C. Peitz||
|Optimizer||D. Wayne Lukas||
|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||
Hard-knocking Delaunay secured his second graded victory May 31 in the $112,900 Aristides Stakes (gr. III), driving clear by 3 1/2 lengths under Rosie Napravnik at Churchill Downs.
The 8 3/4-length winner of the Oak Hall at Evangeline Downs in his last start headlines a field of nine including last year's 1-2 finishers, Scatman and Jasizzle, and eight-time stakes winner Delaunay.
Rebel Stakes (gr. II) winner Hoppertunity is off the Triple Crown trail after undergoing minor surgery at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert confirmed May 5.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sent Hoppertunity through his final move for the Kentucky Derby and Ria Antonia through her prep for the Oaks on April 28, squeezing in the drills between downpours at Churchill Downs.
Stella Perdomo's 7-year-old gelding Forte Dei Marmi has the distinction of being the only grade I winner in the full 14-horse field set for the April 26 Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.
Lemon Drop Dream, tracking a blistering pace into the stretch, charged home to register a well-timed victory in the $294,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III) in his graded stakes debut April 10 at Oaklawn Park.
Steve Haskin reflects on the performance of Hoppertunity in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and what the race says about his Kentucky Derby (gr. I) form.
Secret Circle, a two-time graded stakes winner at Oaklawn Park as a 3-year-old in 2012, returns to the Hot Springs, Ark., track April 10 as the one to beat in the $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III).
Steve Haskin discusses his intrigue with Ride On Curlin this week.
Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin talk about the Rebel, including Tapiture's trip, look at the Spiral and the Sunland Derby, discuss the Hall of Fame nominees, and talk to Bob Baffert about Hoppertunity, Bayern, and more. Watch Video
Gulfstream Park, Oaklawn Park, Santa Anita Park, Hong Kong, Sunland Park & more. view slideshow
The Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park moved Steve to alter his Kentucky Derby Dozen this week. Did Hoppertunity even make the list? Read and find out! read blog
Racing analyst J. Keeler Johnson stands in for Evan Hammonds this week as we look at the big racing weekend from Oaklawn Park. watch video
The first four finishers of the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 15 came out of the race none the worse in spite of the roughly-run final furlong, and three of them are definitely pointed for a return in the Arkansas Derby.
Hoppertunity might not know much about racing yet, but his pure talent was enough to get the job done in the $600,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park March 15.
It will be fun to watch some (future) stars shine at likely low prices. read blog
Rebel Stakes (gr.II) contender Hoppertunity gets a bath at Oaklawn with Baffert assistant Jimmy Barnes on the shank after training March 14. Watch Video
TimeformUS Saturday Plays from Oaklawn, Santa Anita and Gulfstream read blog
Claire Novak and Frank Angst preview the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park featuring Tapiture and Strong Mandate. Watch Video
Strong Mandate could be sitting on a strong performance in the grade II Rebel Stakes this Saturday. read blog
Conditions could be ripe for Strong Mandate to turn the tables on Tapiture in the Rebel Stakes.
Homebred Tapiture looks to continue his journey to the Kentucky Derby when he takes on two he beat in the Southwest Stakes along with California invaders, among others, in the March 15 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn.
"He was just getting better... He matured and had filled out nicely. He was more rounded and he was more settled."--trainer John Servis on Smarty Jones at the time of his Rebel Stakes win.
Southwest Stakes winner breezes easy half mile for the March 15 Rebel Stakes.
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