Wednesday, March 15 2017

Oaklawn Barn Notes: Rebel Stakes Update



American Anthem, Hall of Famer trainer Bob Baffert’s hopeful for the $900,000 Rebel Stakes-G2 at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, will break from post 7 in the field of 11 3-year-olds when the promising but lightly-raced colt meets more experienced competition at this important juncture on the Kentucky Derby trail.

The Rebel offers 50-20-10-5 qualifying points for the Run for The Roses at Churchill Downs and Saturday’s test at 1 1/16 miles for sophomores highlights Oaklawn’s stacked 11-race card, which includes the $350,000 Azeri Stakes and the $250,000 Essex Handicap.

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Thursday, January 19 2017

Oaklawn Barn Notes:  Thu 1/19

Santana Jr. Set to Return Friday

Four-time Oaklawn riding champion Ricardo Santana Jr. is scheduled to return to the saddle Friday after missing the first five days of the meeting because of five race-related suspensions stemming from the 2016 season.

Santana was facing a 21-day suspension from stewards this year at Oaklawn, but the penalty was reduced to 15 days after the jockey reached a settlement with the Arkansas Racing Commission last summer.

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Saturday, January 14 2017


HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017) – A return to Hot Springs brought Terra Promessa back to her winning ways as she scored a front-running victory in Saturday’s $125,000 Pippin Stakes in front of 16,000 on-track fans. The four-year-old Curlin filly, winner of last year’s Honeybee (G3) and Fantasy (G3) Stakes, is now a perfect four-for-four at Oaklawn.

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Friday, January 13 2017


New Tote Boards, Digital Displays Among New Features

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Thursday, Jan. 12, 2016) – An evenly matched field of 10 is entered in the $125,000 Fifth Season Stakes Friday at Oaklawn, a 1 1/16-mile event for older horses that highlights a nine-race opening-day program. Probable post time for the Fifth Season, which goes as race 8, is 3:49 p.m. (Central). Racing is scheduled to begin at 12:35 p.m.

Multiple stakes winner Smack Smack is the 3-1 program favorite for trainer Don Von Hemel of Hot Springs and country music star Toby Keith, who bred and owns the 6-year-old Closing Argument gelding.

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Sunday, April 17 2016


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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Friday, April 15 2016


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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Wednesday, April 13 2016

Additional Arkansas Derby and Oaklawn Handicap Updates


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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Saturday, March 19 2016


Hot Springs, Ark. (Saturday, March 19, 2016) – One year after winning the Rebel Stakes with eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert finally returned with the right horse after two unsuccessful trips earlier this season and won the $900,000 race with Coolmore’s Cupid. Overall, it was Baffert’s sixth victory in the race since 2010. His other winners were champion Lookin at Lucky, Secret Circle, The Factor and Hoppertunity.

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More Rebel Stakes Quotes - Baffert included

Winning Bob Baffert, trainer Cupid - "You never know what they're going to do when they ship, and when there are 14 horses (in the field). He missed the break a little bit, and I had told Martin (Garcia) that the last time we went there we got destroyed leaving the gate. Once he got the lead down the backside, he was going pretty fast. He showed he's improving and he's a fast horse. Down the backside, he looked like he was really doing it easier than the time said. Turning for home, I don't know what it was, but he looked a little green there and lost a little momentum. He was on the rail tight and was probably looking around. He was maybe too close to the rail, and I've seen horses do that. He's a lightly raced horse.

"I am so happy that he ran so well, especially for Martin. He works so hard getting these horses ready and he got the win. I'm happy for the Coolmore (owners) gang, too. I knew going in he was a nice horse. But he never had been tested and that was a pretty strong bunch. That was like the Tapit Rebel.

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$900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) Quotes

Winning jockey Martin Garica, Cupid - “It’s hard for horses to break their maiden and then step up to this kind of company with this many people around and win, but he did. He’s still green. When we hit the top of the stretch, he got lonely and he locked in on the other horse that was coming up on the outside he responded one more time. He showed a lot of ability and we know he can run. He really proved today that he is improving. The distance doesn’t matter, he can go as far as he wants.”

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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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