JOCKEY ALEX BIRZER REACHES 3,000-WIN MILESTONE

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017) – Jockey Alex Birzer became the 174th jockey in North America to win 3,000 races when he guided Numancia to victory in Sunday’s sixth race at Oaklawn. Birzer, 43, rode three winners on Saturday’s card to move within one win of the milestone, which came with fifth mount of the day.
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RACER PULLS UPSET IN NODOUBLE BREEDERS’ STAKES

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017) – Val Yagos’ Racer pulled the upset over defending champion and 3-5 favorite Weast Hill using a front-running style in Saturday’s $100,000 Nodouble Breeders’ Stakes. After two straight third-place finishes behind the heavy favorite earlier this season, Racer was able to turn the tables and returned a generous payout of $17.20, $5 and $2.80 as the 7-1 third choice in the field.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes: Recount Eying Hot Springs Stakes for Next Start

Multiple stakes winner Recount will make his next start in the $125,000 Hot Springs Stakes for older sprinters March 11 at Oaklawn, trainer Jimmy DiVito said Saturday morning. The horse is coming off a runner-up finish, beaten 2 ¾ lengths by Storm Advisory, in the $125,000 King Cotton Stakes Feb. 4.
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EASTER INDY REPEATS IN DOWNTHEDUSTYROAD

Easter Indy picked up her second win of the meet and her second straight win in the $100,000 Downthedustyroad Breeders’ Stakes with her one-length victory in Friday’s feature race at Oaklawn.
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