Hall of Fame Trainer Bill Mott has joined the Racing Festival of the South at Oaklawn Park with his entry of This Fleet is Due in Saturday's $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. I). The Oaklawn is part of a double-header with the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I).
Mott had originally planned to skip this year's Festival, but on Tuesday made the decision to enter Stonerside Stable's This Fleet is Due in the 1 1/8 mile race. Mott won back-to-back running of the Oaklawn in 1995 and 1996 with two-time Horse of the Year Cigar and Geri.
This Fleet is Due, who will be the starting low weight at 111 pounds, will have the services of Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, who will be in town to ride Spain in the Apple Blossom.
Mr Ross, second to the Day-ridden Traditionally in last year's Oaklawn Handicap, will be the starting highweight at 118 pounds.
The Oaklawn Handicap is the eighth race on the card with a 4:30 p.m. (CST) post time. The Apple Blossom will be contested as the 11th race at 4:54 p.m.
The projected field of nine includes: Kudos (Eddie Delahoussaye, 117); Crafty Shaw (James Lopez, 116); Dollar Bill (Jorge Chavez, 114); Bowman's Band (Edgar Prado, 113); Remington Rock (Calvin Borel, 112); Secret Romeo (Terry Houghton, 112); and This Fleet is Due (Day, 111).