Oaklawn Report - Update on Oaklawn Runners by Robert Yates

Oaklawn will try to have another dynamic impact on the $400,000 Illinois Derby (G3). Dynamic Impact won last year’s Illinois Derby after breaking his maiden at Oaklawn, and Saturday’s 1 1/8-mile race at Hawthorne features four entrants who wintered in Hot Springs – Kantune, Conquest Curlinate, Phenomenal Phoenix and Private Prospect.
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CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCES CLOSE OUT RECORD-SETTING SEASON

Highlighted by a season high crowd of 67,500 and a scintillating performance by Zayat Stables’ American Pharoah in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), Oaklawn’s 2015 live meet ended Saturday, April 11, with record-setting purses and increases in total handle.
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AMERICAN PHAROAH LIVES UP TO HYPE IN ARKANSAS DERBY

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, April 11, 2015) – Zayat Stables’ American Pharoah lived up to his 1-9 odds with an easy eight length victory in Saturday’s 79th running of the $1 million Arkansas Derby before an estimated on track crowd ...
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Ricardo Santana Jr. to Miss Final Day Due to Illness

Oaklawn leading jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. won’t ride Saturday’s closing-day program because of illness, the rider’s agent, Ruben Munoz, said Saturday morning. Santana was named on 10 horses Saturday, including Bold Conquest (Arkansas Derby) and Tapiture (Oaklawn Handicap) for six-time Oaklawn training champion Steve Asmussen. Jockey Luis Quinonez picks up the mounts on both these Asmussen horses.
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UNTAPABLE RETURNS TO WINNING WAYS IN APPLE BLOSSOM

Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable looked every bit the champion she is as she drew off to win Friday’s $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) by 2 ½ lengths over longshot Diva’s Diamond. The 2014 champion 3-year-old filly entered the race off a second in the March 14 Azeri Stakes (G2) to Gold Medal Dancer, who had to settle for third Friday in the 1 1/16 mile race.
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