Keyword: Arkansas

  • American Pharoah wins the Arkansas Derby.

    American Pharoah Impressive in Arkansas Derby

    Zayat Stables' homebred American Pharoah continued his tour de force of the Oaklawn Park 3-year-old prep series April 11, blowing away seven in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) with an impressive eight-length score.

  • Untapable

    Untapable Set for Apple Blossom Rematch

    Champion Untapable will get another chance at Oaklawn Park and should be sharper in her second start of the season against unlikely rival Gold Medal Dancer in the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) April 10.

  • The Truth Or Else, outside and purple silks, in the Southwest Stakes.

    Blinkers On 'Truth Or Else' in Arkansas Derby

    The Truth Or Else will add blinkers for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 11 at Oaklawn Park, trainer Kenny McPeek said after the colt's bullet workout at the Arkansas oval April 1.

  • Gold Medal Dancer

    Gold Medal Dancer Works for Apple Blossom

    Gold Medal Dancer traveled five furlongs in a brisk :59 1/5 March 28 at Oaklawn Park, prepping for a run in the April 10 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I). A decision will be made March 30 as to whether Untapable will run.

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    Surgery Goes Well for 'Brandi'; Back to Lukas

    A minor operation to place a pin in the right knee of champion 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi March 12 was a "textbook procedure," Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas reported March 13 at Oaklawn Park.

  • American Pharoah makes his 2015 debut in the Rebel Stakes.

    Cue Baffert: American Pharoah Heads Rebel

    This season Baffert comes in loaded for bear, with Zayat Stables' 2-year-old champion American Pharoah set to make his 2015 debut. American Pharoah has turned in a series of scintillating works at Santa Anita.

  • Take Charge Brandi

    Take Charge Brandi Out of Rebel With Chip

    Take Charge Brandi will miss the March 14 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) with a non-displaced bone chip in her right knee. The injury will also prevent her from a run in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) or Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Sarah Sis (right) finished second to Take Charge Brandi in the Martha Washington.

    Sarah Sis Without 'Brandi' for Honeybee Run

    The would-be spoiler will get a chance at victory sans 'Brandi' March 7, as her more accomplished rival will start against boys March 14. Sarah Sis heads a group of nine sophomore fillies in the $150,000 Honeybee.

  • Take Charge Brandi

    Horton Considers Rebel for Take Charge Brandi

    Owner Willis Horton confirmed Feb. 25 that the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park March 14 is under consideration as a target for champion Take Charge Brandi, although a decision has not yet been made.

  • 2-year-old champion American Pharoah is scheduled to make his 2015 debut in the March 14 Rebel Stakes.

    Zayat 3YOs Continue Cross-Country Derby Preps

    Zayat Stables will continue its chess game of 3-year-old prep racing by shipping Mr. Z to the March 28 Louisiana Derby (gr. II), while American Pharoah runs in the Rebel (gr. II) and El Kabeir starts in the Gotham (gr. II).

  • Take Charge Brandi

    Take Charge Brandi Turns in Major Work

    Willis Horton's champion Take Charge Brandi posted a five-furlong bullet work in 1:00 2/5 Feb. 21 at Oaklawn Park, a major move in preparation for her upcoming outing in the $150,000 Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) March 7.

  • Ride On Curlin

    Ride On Curlin Set for Next Step in Essex

    Ride On Curlin, under regular exercise rider Bryan Beccia, worked an easy half mile in :49 3/5 after the break the morning of Feb. 11 in preparation for the $100,000 Essex Handicap to be run Feb. 14 at Oaklawn Park.

  • Smarty Jones winner Far Right

    Far Right Works, Confirmed for Southwest

    Far Right will make his next start in the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 16 at Oaklawn Park, Ron Moquett confirmed the morning of Jan. 31. Mike Smith will again have the mount aboard the Smarty Jones Stakes winner.

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    'Brandi' Brings Owner Horton Another Eclipse

    On Nov. 1 Take Charge Brandi won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). It was her first score for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas since breaking her maiden in June, but launched her championship season.

  • Remington Springboard Mile and Kip Deville Stakes winner Bayerd is co-highweight in the Smarty Jones Stakes.

    Smarty Jones Kicks off Oaklawn 3YO Series

    The road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park will begin Jan. 19 with the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes, a one-mile test for 3-year-olds which drew a group of nine.

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    Ride On Curlin Returns Thursday at Oaklawn

    Trainer Billy Gowan had several options for the 4-year-old debut of Ride On Curlin, but he decided to take what he believes is the path of least resistance: a second-level allowance Jan. 15 in the ninth race at Oaklawn.

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    Lukas Pointing 'Brandi' to Kentucky Oaks

    Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said the game plan at this time for Take Charge Brandi, leading contender for champion 2-year-old filly honors, includes the Longines Kentucky Oaks and none of the Triple Crown preps.

  • Icon Ike

    Icon Ike to Stand at Starfish in Arkansas

    Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred Icon Ike, a stakes-winning son of Yes It's True, will stand the 2015 breeding season at Dr. Linda Robbins' Starfish Stallions near Hot Springs, Ark. His fee will be $1,000.

  • Arkansas Adopts Uniform Medication Rules

    The Arkansas Racing Commission approved the entire program Sept. 11. Once implemented, Arkansas will become the sixth state to fully administer the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium's National Uniform Medication rules.

  • 'Smokelawn' Proceeds to Go to Tornado Relief

    Oaklawn Park is using its 2nd annual Smokelawn BBQ Championship event in the Infield May 3 to help raise money for tornado relief efforts and will donate all proceeds from the "People's Choice Award" to the cause.

  • Close Hatches and Joel Rosario take the Azeri at Oaklawn Park.

    Close Hatches Proves Class in Azeri Stakes

    Favored at odds of 3-5 and making her first start of the season, Juddmonte's 4-year-old First Defence filly galloped wire to wire in the 1 1/16-mile test, taking rider Joel Rosario straight to the winner's circle March 15.

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    Strong Mandate Brings Lukas Back for More

    Every morning D. Wayne Lukas sends the first set out over the Arkansas oval, their hooves sinking softly in the freshly harrowed ground. On March 14, he supervised Rebel contender Strong Mandate and champion Will Take Charge.