Oct. 26, 2012
Local Horsemen and Horses among Top Contenders
HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, Oct. 26, 2012) – Oaklawn will offer the complete simulcast of the 2012 Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championship from Santa Anita Park Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3. Gates open at 11 a.m. Friday and 10:45 a.m. Saturday. The Post Parade and Racing Club will be open Saturday only and will offer buffets for $12.95 and $22.95, respectively. For reservations, call (501) 623-4411 ex. 340.
Horses that have competed at Oaklawn that will be running in the Breeders’ Cup races include 2012 Oaklawn Handicap runner-up Ron the Greek (Breeders’ Cup Classic), 2009 Smarty Jones winner Flat Out (Classic), 2011 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap winner Smiling Tiger (Sprint), 2012 Rebel Stakes runner-up Optimizer (Turf), 2012 allowance winner Atigun (Marathon). In addition, several juveniles competing at the Breeders’ Cup are slated to winter at Oaklawn and target the track’s rich 3-year-old series including Juvenile Fillies contender Broken Spell, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, and Juvenile Turf contender Brown Almighty, trained by Tim Ice.
Three-time Oaklawn leading trainer Steve Asmussen, who won two Breeders’ Cup races last year, will have six chances for more victories in 2012, highlighted by his 2011 champion juvenile filly My Miss Aurelia, a leading prospect for the Ladies Classic. He will also saddle 2012 Razorback Handicap runner-up Tapizar in the Dirt Mile and Arkansas Derby runner Unbridled’s Note in the Turf Sprint. Arkansas owners with horses running include Joe and Scott Ford of Little Rock (Hamazing Destiny – Sprint), John Ed Anthony of Hot Springs (Atigun – Marathon), Richard Robertson of Camden (Brown Almighty – Juvenile Turf) and Alan Dean of Camden (Brown Almighty – Juvenile Turf).
For more information about Oaklawn and the Breeders’ Cup simulcast, visit www.oaklawn.com. If you need assistance arranging interviews, contact Media Relations Manager Jennifer Hoyt, who will be on site at the Breeders’ Cup, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 250-0358. Daily notes on local horses and horsemen will be provided.