Oaklawn Could Have Large Contingent of Kentucky Derby Runners

At least eight Oaklawn-raced horses were under consideration Tuesday morning for the $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1) May 6 at Churchill Downs. Topping the list is John Oxley’s Classic Empire, who secured a spot with a half-length victory over Conquest Mo Money in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) Saturday at Oaklawn.
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CLASSIC EMPIRE RETURNS A WINNER IN ARKANSAS DERBY

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, April 15, 2017) – John Oxley’s reigning two-year-old champion Classic Empire secured his spot in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby with his victory in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby on closing day of the 2017 Oaklawn season.
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INSIDE STRAIGHT PULLS UPSET IN OAKLAWN HANDICAP

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, April 15, 2017) – Randy Howg’s Inside Straight overcame traffic around the turn for home and drew off late to win the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) by two lengths over Domain’s Rap at odds of nearly 20-1. Midnight Storm, the heavy 1-2 favorite, finished third after setting the early pace.
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WHITMORE REMAINS UNDEFEATED SPRINTING IN COUNT FLEET

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, April 15, 2017) – Whitmore remained undefeated sprinting and increased his 2017 Oaklawn record to a perfect 3 for 3 with his 3 ¾ length victory over Apprehender in Saturday’s $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3). Holy Boss was third.
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CHAMPION STELLAR WIND RETURNS A WINNER IN APPLE BLOSSOM

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, April 13, 2017) – Hronis Racing LLC.’s Stellar Wind, making her first start since finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1), returned in fine fashion to win Friday’s $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) by 1 ¼ lengths over four-time Oaklawn stakes winner Terra Promessa.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes: ARKANSAS DERBY UPDATE 2

Classic Empire, last year’s 2-year-old champion and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, jogged a mile and galloped a mile during an uneventful training session shortly after the track opened at 7 a.m. At noon he schooled in the indoor paddock and on the infield grass, overseen by Norman Casse, son of trainer Mark Casse.
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