Oaklawn Barn Notes: Rapid Dial among Late Triple Crown Nominees

Six horses were made Triple Crown eligible during the late period that closed Monday, including Rapid Dial, an eye-catching debut winner for co-owner/trainer Ingrid Mason March 11 at Oaklawn. And, the trainer is wasting no time trying to recoup the $6,000 late nominating fee by wheeling Rapid Dial back in Sunday’s eighth race, an entry-level allowance/optional claiming sprint that carries an $82,000 purse.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes: Oaklawn Sets Non-Derby Day Handle Record on Rebel Day

Total pari-mutuel wagering handle on Saturday’s races at Oaklawn was a record for March and a non-Arkansas Derby Day, Bobby Geiger, the track’s director of gaming and wagering, said Thursday morning. Oaklawn handled $10,752,313.15 – $8,544,041.15 was bet off track – on the 11-race card that featured three stakes, including the $900,000 Rebel (G2), a major Triple Crown prep.
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MALAGACY STAYS UNDEFEATED IN REBEL STAKES

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, March 17, 2017) – It may have been a different horse, but trainer Todd Pletcher got the same result when he sent an undefeated, yet unproven 3-year-old from South Florida to Oaklawn for the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2). One month after One Liner won the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) in his stakes debut Feb. 20, his stablemate Malagacy was equally as impressive when he pressed the pace and then drew off to win Saturday’s race by two lengths.
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