Sunday, March 29 2015


Oaklawn Barn Notes - Saturday, March 28


Gold Medal Dancer Works toward Apple Blossom Start

On the brink of retirement a month ago, Gold Medal Dancer is in the best form of her career as she nears the biggest race of her career. In her first workout since a breakthrough victory, she traveled five furlongs in a brisk :59.20 Saturday at Oaklawn in preparation for the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) for older fillies and mares April 10. It was easily the fastest of 17 works recorded at the distance. Clockers caught Gold Medal Dancer’s final quarter-mile in :23.40 and galloping out six furlongs in a dazzling 1:12.20.





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Friday, March 27 2015


Oaklawn Park Barn Notes - Friday, March 27


Promise Me Silver Looks to End Meet in Instant Racing

Unbeaten Promise Me Silver is scheduled to return to Oaklawn for the $100,000 Instant Racing Stakes for 3-year-old fillies April 11, trainer Bret Calhoun said Friday morning. Calhoun said he hopes to use the six-furlong Instant Racing as a prep for the $200,000 Eight Belles Stakes (G3) May 1 at Churchill Downs.





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Wednesday, March 25 2015


Oaklawn Barn Notes - Wednesday, March 25


Sprint Champion Work All Week Gets Back to Work

Reigning male sprint champion Work All Week had his first published workout since winning last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint Wednesday morning at Oaklawn. Breezing over a fast-rated surface, and after the renovation break, Work All Week covered a half-mile in :48.20.





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Friday, March 20 2015


American Pharoah Set to Return for Arkansas Derby


Champion American Pharoah will be returning to Oaklawn for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11, owner Ahmed Zayat said Friday afternoon.Among the country’s leading Kentucky Derby candidates, American Pharoah opened his 2015 campaign with a front-running 6 1/4-length victory in last Saturday’s $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2), the final major local prep for the Arkansas Derby.





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Thursday, March 19 2015


Oaklawn Barn Notes - Thursday, March 19


Far Right Works toward Arkansas Derby Start

Far Right continued preparations for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11 by working five furlongs after the renovation break Thursday morning at Oaklawn under Greta Kuntzweiler. Far Right, who worked in company with stablemate Peteizum, a 5-year-old starter-allowance gelding, was credited with 1:00.80 over a fast-rated surface. According to clockers, he covered his final quarter-mile in :24.40 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.80. Peteizum went 5 furlongs in 1:01.40.





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Oaklawn Barn Notes - Wednesday, March 18


I Spent It Returns in Today’s 8th Race

Only one 3-year-old is entered in Wednesday’s featured eighth race at Oaklawn, a $67,000 third-level allowance. But, it’s a 3-year-old of note. Grade 2 winner I Spent It is scheduled to make his 2015 debut in the mile race, which co-owner Alex Lieblong calls an audition for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11.





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Saturday, March 14 2015


Azeri Quotes


Trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel, winner Gold Medal Dancer – “It's very exciting and the mare just ran a huge race. Thanks to Pin Oak (Stud) and my entire staff. It was a team effort and I am thrilled to death. We had a chance to go out and control the pace and Luis did a great job. She went out and controlled the pace. She fought off the champion and she showed a lot of heart. The big mare came through and got her nose down on the wire. It's sure a possibility that we'll be back for the Apple Blossom.”

“We thought we had a chance to get out there and control the race. Luis did a great job. The big mare (Untapable) came to her and we got the better of her today. Of course it was her first race of the year, but our mare got her nose down. It was an exciting race.”





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Friday, March 13 2015


Oaklawn Barn Notes - March 12


Champion American Pharoah Continues Preparation for Rebel Stakes

Zayat Stables’ homebred American Pharoah, who arrived Wednesday afternoon to contest Saturday’s $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2), went out Thursday morning right after the break for a gallop once around on a sealed track that was rated as “good” due to morning rain. The especially handsome and particularly well-conformed reigning 2-year-old champion colt earned admiring looks and accolades.





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Thursday, March 12 2015


Oaklawn Barn Notes - Wednesday, March 11


Champion American Pharoah Arrives at Oaklawn for Rebel Stakes

Reigning 2-year-old champion and dual Grade 1 winner American Pharoah arrived at Oaklawn early Wednesday afternoon after an uneventful flight from trainer Bob Baffert’s Southern California base and the short van ride from the airport. He settled into his new surroundings under the watchful eye of assistant trainer Jim Barnes in preparation for the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) Saturday.





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UNTAPABLE AND AMERICAN PHAROAH MAKE 2015 DEBUTS


CHAMPIONS UNTAPABLE AND AMERICAN PHAROAH MAKE 2015 DEBUTS ON OAKLAWN’S RACING FESTIVAL OF THE SOUTH PREVIEW DAY SATURDAY

HOT SPRINGS, (Ark.) -- American Pharoah, the reigning Eclipse Award-winning 2-year old male, and Untapable, last year’s unanimous choice as the 3-year-old champion filly, will kick off their much anticipated 2015 campaigns at Oaklawn Park Saturday when the historic track presents three graded stakes races on an expanded 11-race program being billed as “Racing Festival of the South Preview Day.”





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Tuesday, March 10 2015


Take Charge Brandi out of Rebel


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Take Charge Brandi will miss her planned showdown with Champion 2-Year-Old Male American Pharaoh in Saturday’s G2 $750,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, her Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas announced Tuesday morning, because of a non-displaced chip in her right knee.



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Saturday, March 07 2015


Oaklawn Barn Notes - Friday, March 6


Champion American Pharoah Readies for Rebel

American Pharoah completed major preparations for his scheduled 3-year-old debut in the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 14 at Oaklawn with a dazzling workout Friday morning at Santa Anita. In company, he breezed six furlongs from the gate in 1:10.40 and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:22.80 under Martin Garcia.





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