2012 Racing Festival of the South

Images from Oaklawn Park's 2012 Racing Festival of the South.

The Racing Festival of the South kicked off with the Post Parade draw for the Arkansas Derby. Cozzetti was on the rail, and favorite Bodemeister drew the outside post, number 11.

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Peachtree Stable's Mamma Kimbo led every step of the way in the Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) on April 11, for yet another Oaklawn stakes victory for trainer Bob Baffert.

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Mamma Kimbo was making just her second start, and gave Mike Smith an easy ride to the Winner's Circle.

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Mysterious Chimes led through the early stages of the Carousel Stakes on April 12.

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But, it was the 5-year-old mare Beat the Blues who came from off the pace for the win under Miguel Mena.

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Another World, Remit, and Cascabella finished together in the Redbud Stakes on Thursday.

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It was Another World, and jockey Cliff Berry who got the win.

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Stonestreet Stable's Glinda the Good pulled away late to win the Instant Racing Stakes by three lengths on April 13.

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Glinda the Good and Corey Nakatani had no trouble leaving the others behind.

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Also on Friday, 2011 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Plum Pretty made her 4-year-old debut in the Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I).

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She cruised home, winning by 2 1/4 lengths under Rafael Bejarano.

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The 4-year-old filly, owned by Peachtree Stables and trained by Bob Baffert, has now earned $1,656,700 in 11 starts.

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Outta Tune started off the stakes action on Saturday, with a sharp win in the Count Fleet Stakes (gr. III).

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It was the first graded stakes win for the 7-year-old gelding, who is owned by Maggi Moss.

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Richard L. Master's Master Rick left heavy favorite Drill (center, red and yellow silks) behind in the Northern Spur.

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It was the first stakes win for Master Rick, and the fifth win on the day for trainer Steve Asmussen.

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Alternation went right to the front in the Oaklawn Handicap (gr.II), daring the others to catch him.

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No one could, as the Donnie Von Hemel trainee posted a 2 1/2 length win.

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Alternation was a perfect 3 for 3 at Oaklawn in 2012, also winning the Razorback Handicap (gr. III), and the Essex Handicap. Luis Quinonez was aboard for all three victories.

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Off in the 2012 Arkansas Derby (gr. I).

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Bodemeister was soon on the lead.

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Then, the Zayat Stables' colt moved farther and farther in front.

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Jockey Mike Smith and Bodemeister, a study in concentration.

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The crowd, all 63,804 of them, watched as Bodemeister posted a 9 1/2 length win for trainer Bob Baffert.

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