Sunday, April 17 2016


CREATOR PULLS THE UPSET IN THE ARKANSAS DERBY


HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, April 16, 2016) – WinStar Farm’s Creator powered home from dead last in the field of 12 to pull off an upset in the 80th edition of the $1 million (G1) Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn in front of 65,000 people on-track Saturday, and in the process the colt created a guaranteed spot for himself in the Kentucky Derby.

The 3-year-old gray or roan son of Tapit had earned just 10 qualifying Kentucky Derby points by virtue of his third place finish last out in the $900,000 (G2) Rebel Stakes here March 19, but he now has a total of 110 marks courtesy of the 100 points awarded for finishing first in the Arkansas Derby.





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Quotes from the $150,000 Lexington (G3)


Peter Fluor (partner in Speedway Stables, winning owner of Collected)

“I was very impressed with (the effort). (Trainer) Bob (Baffert) did a very good job getting him ready. Lot of good horses in the race.”

On whether the Preakness (G1) might be an option for the colt
“I think that would be the most logical step, given the distance. We’ll see how he comes out (of this race), but that would be a thrill for us.”






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Quotes for the $350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1)


Mark Casse (winning trainer of Tepin)

On whether he feels pressure since everyone expects Tepin to perform so well
“A touch. But I have to say something. (Owner) Mr. (Robert) Masterson – if it wasn’t for him – everybody wouldn’t get to see the great Tepin. He wanted to let her run another year (rather than being retired). It puts a little pressure on us. I love it.

“But I just don’t want to let her down. It’s hard.”





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Saturday, April 16 2016


Gulfstream’s Rainbow 6 Solved for $618,643 Jackpot Friday with 20-cent Ticket


Winner Buys $10,000 Worth of 20-cent Tickets in Curacao
Saturday’s Late Pick 5 Offers $35,902 Carryover
Saturday’s First Race Features $2,274 Super Hi-5 Carryover
Castro, Gaffalione Each Guide Three into Winner’s Circle


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– The Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot was cracked Friday at Gulfstream Park with one lucky ticketholder on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao earning a $618,643.20 windfall with a 20-cent ticket.

The ticket was one of 53,861 20-cent single tickets totaling $10,772.20 purchased in Curacao.





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Friday, April 15 2016


Mark Casse Making Commitment to Gulfstream’s Year-Round Program


Veteran Trainer Setting Up 50-Horse Division for Spring, Summer Meets

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Trainer Mark Casse’s growing presence within the Thoroughbred racing world will expand to South Florida this spring and summer, when his stable will campaign a 50-horse division at Gulfstream Park.

While Casse has had a strong presence during the Championship Meet, his decision to set up a large division during the spring and summer meetings for the first time is further evidence of the growing success of Gulfstream’s year-round racing program.






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Rainbow 6 Carryover Stands at $496,071 for Friday’s Program


Super Hi-5 Carryover of $5,612 for Friday’s First Race
More Than a Party Wins for Fun in Thursday’s Feature

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot will stand at $496,071.59 for Friday’s program at Gulfstream Park.

Multiple tickets were sold with all six winners Thursday, each worth $1,847.44.






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Keeneland Barn Notes—April 15


• KENTUCKY DERBY FAVORITE NYQUIST WORKS FIVE FURLONGS IN 1:02.60
• CATCH A GLIMPSE EXITS APPALACHIAN VICTORY IN GOOD SHAPE
• BROWN HAS TURF RUNNERS READY FOR GRADE 1 COMPETITION
• PROBABLE ENTRANTS FOR UPCOMING STAKES
• SPRING MEET LEADERS






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CUPID LEADS 12-HORSE ARKANSAS DERBY FIELD


Hot Springs, Ark. (Friday, April 15, 2016) – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert bids for his third victory in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) when he sends out 2-1 program favorite Cupid in the 1 1/8-mile race Saturday at Oaklawn.

The Arkansas Derby, the country’s final major prep for the May 7 Kentucky Derby, headline Oaklawn’s 12-race closing-day program. Probable post time for the Arkansas Derby, the 11th race, is 6:18 p.m. (Central). First post is 12:35 p.m.





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Thursday, April 14 2016


Rainbow 6 Carryover Reaches $463,957 for Thursday


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – There was no unique winner of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 on Wednesday, leaving a jackpot carryover of $463,957.50 for Thursday’s nine-race program.

First race post time Thursday is 12:55 p.m.

Multiple tickets were sold with all six winners on Wednesday, each worth $367.66.





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Wednesday, April 13 2016


Opening of the Oklahoma Training Track


The historic Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga Race Course will open for training this Friday, April 15, as horsemen begin preparations towards the 40-day summer meet starting on Friday, July 22 and concluding on Labor Day, Monday, September 5. Fans are also encouraged to view morning workouts from the Whitney Viewing Stand overlooking the Oklahoma Training Track beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday.





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Additional Arkansas Derby and Oaklawn Handicap Updates


AMERICAN PIONEER

Lightly raced American Pioneer drew post 5 for his scheduled stakes debut in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) Saturday at Oaklawn.
American Pioneer, an 8-1 shot in the program, was an eye-catching maiden winner in his last start, March 19 at Oaklawn. It was just his second race overall.
“We’re doing good, we’re happy,” trainer Wayne Catalano said. “He went two miles this morning. He went the last mile in a two-minute clip. I’m happy with the way he’s been doing.”
Rafael Bejarano is scheduled to ride American Pioneer in the Arkansas Derby.
American Pioneer, a son of Awesome Again, races for Gary and Mary West, who won the 1993 Arkansas Derby with 108-1 shot Rockamundo.
Catalano saddled Crypto Star to win the 1997 Arkansas Derby.





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Oaklawn Barn Notes: April 13


Cupid Arrives for Arkansas Derby, Installed as 2-1 Favorite

Accompanied by the rest of the contingent of California horses jetting in to contest Oaklawn Park's Racing Festival of the South, Cupid settled in nicely on Wednesday afternoon as he readies for the biggest test of his young career.

The 2-1 morning line favorite in the field of 12 for the 80th running of the $1 million (G1) Arkansas Derby on Saturday has already proven an affinity for Oaklawn's racing strip. Cupid, who is owned by the international racing and breeding conglomerate Coolmore and trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, was an impressive winner of the $900,000 (G2) Rebel Stakes here last time out.






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