Sunday, April 13 2014


DANZA PULLS 40-1 SHOCKER IN ARKANSAS DERBY


HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, April 12, 2014) – Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Danza came in as the lesser heralded stablemate, but is leaving Oaklawn as the 78th winner of the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) and with a ticket to the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs after earning 100 points. The winner, sent off as the second highest odds on the board by the crowd of 63,186, returned $84.60, $28.40 and $11 at odds of 40-1.





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Arkansas Derby and Oaklawn Handicap Quotes


Arkansas Derby (G1) Quotes

Jockey Joe Bravo: (Danza, 1st): "That was a pretty great effort. Todd was pretty high on the horse and he told me this morning that he was going to be fresh so don' take anything away from him. Try to save as much as you can and let him run his race. It was textbook, just textbook. Everything unfolded like a dream. That was pretty cool down the lane. It's really fun to have a special horse like that and have him run like that. I'm not a fortune teller, but hopefully, in a couple of weeks we can do that again. I'm crossing my fingers he's my Derby horse. This is what dreams are made of. You've got to take your hat off to Todd Pletcher. He knows how to bring them around at the right time of the year. Nobody does it year in and year out the way he does. I'm so happy for Mr. Wellman and Eclipse Thoroughbreds. They put so much into the game. They deserve and good one, and I think they've got him.





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Friday, March 14 2014


Oaklawn Barn Notes March 14


Tapiture and Stablemates Ready for Big Day

Trainer Steve Asmussen, newly-named as a finalist for the 2014 class in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, was at Oaklawn Park on Friday morning to supervise final preparations for his charges competing in tomorrow’s three graded stakes as well as three other races.





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Sadler Returns to Hot Springs with Two Top Contenders


Southern California-based trainer John Sadler is not quite the frequent visitor to Oaklawn as fellow California trainer Bob Baffert, but when he does send a horse, they should be respected. He won the 2010 Arkansas Derby (G1) with 17-1 longshot Line of David and the following year he finished second in the Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) with Switch. He returns to Hot Springs Saturday with two horses and is excited about their chances.





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Thursday, March 13 2014


Tapiture, Strong Mandate Renew Rivalry in Rebel Stakes


Southwest Stakes (G3) winner Tapiture and runner-up Strong Mandate renew their rivalry Saturday in the $600,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) as each colt looks to solidify their position as a leading Kentucky Derby hopeful. The Rebel, which is slated as the 10th of 11 live races at 6:04 p.m., drew a field of eight for the 1 1/16-mile race, the last local prep before the $1 million Arkansas Derby April 12 and subsequent Triple Crown races.





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Friday, February 14 2014


Oaklawn Barn Notes: Key Southwest Works


Autrey, Calhoun Head South for Key Southwest Workouts

Trainers Bret Calhoun and Cody Autrey decided to out fox Mother Nature and sent their Southwest Stakes (G3) prospects to Evangeline Training Center in Carencro, LA for their final workouts Wednesday in preparations for Monday’s race, a key stop along the Arkansas Derby (G1) trail. Carenco is about six hours south of Oaklawn, which was forced to cancel four days of training and racing because of winter weather.





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Tuesday, February 04 2014


Oaklawn Notes:


Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas didn’t let Sunday morning rain throw his schedule off and sent several horses in his barn out for workouts, including Champion Will Take Charge and Strong Mandate. The 4-year-old Will Take Charge, breezed a half mile in 49 4/5 over a sloppy track, while the 3-year-old Strong Mandated posted the bullet at the same distance of 48 3/5.





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Sunday, April 14 2013


OVERANALYZE ON HIS WAY TO KENTUCKY AFTER ARKANSAS DERBY SCORE


HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, April 13, 2013) – Repole Stable’s Overanalyze, a top 2-year-old last year, who had fallen off the radar, jumped back into the Kentucky Derby picture with a dominating 4 ¼ length victory in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) before a crowd of 66,158. The victory earned him 100 points based on Churchill Downs’ criteria for making the 20-horse field and ranks him fifth among the hopefuls for the first Saturday in May.





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Arkansas Derby Quotes:


Owner Mike Repole, Repole Stable (1st Overanalyze) (via phone) – “When (jockey) Johnny (Velazquez) got off him after the Gotham he said he flattened out probably needed the race. Todd was going to run Verrazano in the Wood, so we decided to split the two horses up and come here. I wasn’t surprised that he won, but I was shocked at how easy he won. I’m really blessed to have a filly (Unlimited Budget) for the Oaks and now a colt for the (Kentucky) Derby.”





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Saturday, October 16 2010


CALIFORNIA CUP XXI ATTRACTS 309 NOMINATIONS


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (October 16, 2010)—The seven stakes races that will comprise the 21st California Cup on Saturday, Oct. 30 at Oak Tree/Hollywood Park attracted a total of 309 nominations.

The stakes, topped by the $150,000 California Cup Classic Presented by City National Bank, are part of a 10 race card restricted to California breds.





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Friday, February 12 2010


The “Race for the Ages” is Back On!


HOT SPRINGS, AR (Feb. 10, 2010) – Following conversations with Jess Jackson and Jerry Moss, the Grade I $5,000,000 Apple Blossom Invitational is back on, Oaklawn President Charles J. Cella announced Thursday. The race, which was increased to a total purse of $5,000,000 provided both Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta start, will now be held Friday, April 9, the day before the Grade I $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby, Oaklawn’s traditional closing day.

“The most important day in Arkansas sports history has now become the most important two days in Arkansas sports history,” Cella said. “This is truly a race for the ages.”





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