Saturday, April 11 2015


$1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) Quotes


Bob Baffert, 1st, American Pharoah: "He's amazing horse. With the way he works, he's always been a professional horse from the start. We were hoping he could do something like that and he showed it today. We're so excited about him."

In rating off the pace today instead of setting it: "He's matured substantially. We just worried about getting a clean break and he did, and then Victor rode him with a lot of confidence. When that other horse (Bridget's Big Luvy) got off to that lead, it was either that he's going to rate or he's going to be empty today. He's a good horse and he keeps moving forward. I don't want to get ahead of myself. but Dortmund is another one who we don't yet know how good he is. We're got a one-two punch and that's a good position to be in."





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$1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) Quotes


Bob Baffert, 1st, American Pharoah: "He's amazing horse. With the way he works, he's always been a professional horse from the start. We were hoping he could do something like that and he showed it today. We're so excited about him."

In rating off the pace today instead of setting it: "He's matured substantially. We just worried about getting a clean break and he did, and then Victor rode him with a lot of confidence. When that other horse (Bridget's Big Luvy) got off to that lead, it was either that he's going to rate or he's going to be empty today. He's a good horse and he keeps moving forward. I don't want to get ahead of myself. but Dortmund is another one who we don't yet know how good he is. We're got a one-two punch and that's a good position to be in."





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Friday, April 10 2015


$600,000 Apple Blossom (G1) Quotes


Steve Asmussen, trainer Untapable, 1st – “I was awfully concerned with how sharp she's been, the works that she's put in," Asmussen said. "I thought Johnny did a great job with her into the first turn. Once they lined out down the backside, I thought she was really in a commanding position and ran extremely well from there. I can't say enough how proud I am ... a Winchell homebred. So much of the family are Winchell family horses.”






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Oaklawn Barn Notes - Friday, April 10


Race Favorites Enjoying Much Improved Weather

Thursday’s heavy rain storms and humidity blew out of Hot Springs overnight and the resulting much cooler and crisper morning air perked up the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) and $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) contenders and had them on their toes while their connections tightened the final screws for Saturday’s races at Oaklawn Park.





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Thursday, April 09 2015


Oaklawn Barn Notes - Thursday, April 9 - Arkansas Derby updates


American Pharoah Settles Back in to Oaklawn

American Pharoah, a Zayat Stables homebred who is trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, is in ninth place with 60 points so he is assured of a spot in the Kentucky Derby if he performs as expected in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1).

“He shipped well and has been doing great since he got there,” said Baffert by phone from his Southern California base. “We’re excited about the race and looking forward to it. We’re not thinking about the points. The main thing right now is to take one race at a time. Hopefully, he runs well and comes out of it well. Every time he runs we learn more and more about him.”





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Wednesday, April 08 2015


AMERICAN PHAROAH MADE HEAVY 1-2 ARKANSAS DERBY FAVORITE


Hot Springs, Ark. (Wednesday, April 8, 2015) – Champion American Pharoah, the runaway winner of $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 14, arrived back in Hot Springs Wednesday just in time to draw the number 6 post position and be installed as the 1-2 favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1). The Zayat Stable colorbearer arrived via a Tex Sutton flight from his Southern California base along with several other Racing Festival of the South contenders.





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Oaklawn Barn Notes - Wednesday, April 8 - Second Edition


Gold Medal Dancer Looks for Apple Blossom Glory

Gold Medal Dancer ran the best race of her career while becoming a first time graded stakes winner when she upset reigning 3-year-old filly champion Untapable last out in the $300,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) here on March 14, but Donnie K. Von Hemel knows the waters get much deeper in Friday's rematch in the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1).





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Oaklawn Barn Notes - Wednesday, April 8 - Early Edition


Maiden Win the Space Takes Arkansas Derby Shot

Champion American Pharoah isn’t the only Southern California-based 3-year-old scheduled to run in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn. On the other end of the spectrum is Win the Space, winless in two career starts this year at Santa Anita. The Arkansas Derby, trainer George Papaprodromou said, is a Hail Mary attempt to reach the Kentucky Derby.





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Tuesday, April 07 2015


CAROUSEL STAKES


SPRING INCLUDED FAVORED IN WEDNESDAY’S CAROUSEL STAKES

Hot Springs, Ark. (Tuesday, April 7, 2015) – Oaklawn’s Racing Festival of the South continues Wednesday with the $100,000 Carousel Stakes for older fillies and mares at six furlongs. Probable post time for the Carousel, the eighth of nine races, is 4:42 p.m. (Central).





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Monday, April 06 2015


Oaklawn Barn Notes - Monday, April 6


Untapable Works Toward Apple Blossom Start

Champion Untapable moved closer to an expected start in Friday’s $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) at Oaklawn with a maintenance work Monday morning for trainer Steve Asmussen. Untapable went an easy half-mile in :48 approximately 30 minutes after the track opened for training. The surface, which would become shrouded in fog following Untapable’s work, was rated fast by clockers. It was the best of 18 recorded at the distance.





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Saturday, April 04 2015


Fantasy Quotes


Rosemary Homeister, jockey of winner Include Betty: “This is an amazing little filly. I was in the 11 hole, but I wasn’t all that concerned because she is a closer. I had so much horse down the backstretch, which is unusual for her because she likes to drop way out. I decide to go wide into the stretch and Joe (Rocco Jr.) and I did start going at it around the turn. I was trying to keep him in because I knew he was on one of the horses (Achiever’s Legacy) to beat. Down the late it was just race riding. I just had so much horse. She really dug in to win the race.”





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Friday, April 03 2015


Oaklawn Barn Notes - Friday, April 3


Ivan Fallunovalot Works toward Count Fleet Sprint Start

Multiple stakes winner Ivan Fallunovalot completed major preparations for next week’s $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) at Oaklawn with an easy half-mile work over a fast-rated surface Friday morning. Ivan Fallunovalot, who breezed about 30 minutes after the track opened for training, cruised home in :49.20 under Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.20.





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