Barn Notes - Feb. 20: Vorticity Eying Rebel Stakes

The long-range forecast is for Vorticity to run in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 19 at Oaklawn. Trainer Chuck Lawrence said Friday morning that Vorticity, runner-up in two graded stakes races last month in New York, is pointing for the 1 1/16-mile Rebel, the final major local prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 16.
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OAKLAWN INCREASES OVERNIGHT PURSES AND THREE STAKES

Hot Springs, Ark. (Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2016) – Effective Saturday, Oaklawn is increasing overnight purses by as much as $3,000 and three stakes by $50,000. For the first time in its 112 year history, Oaklawn is approaching an average daily purse distribution of $500,000 thanks in part to good weather and full fields that have attracted large on-track crowds and strong support from simulcast players.
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STOP THE PRESSES! SUDDENBREAKINGNEWS TAKES MONDAY’S SOUTHWEST

Hot Springs, Ark. (Monday, Feb. 15, 2016) – Samuel Henderson’s Suddenbreakingnews made headlines Monday when he rallied from last in the 14-horse field to win the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) by 2 ¾ lengths over Whitmore in front of a Presidents’ Day crowd of an estimated 22,500. He completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45 over a track rated good after overnight rain.
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Toby Keith’s Gordy Florida Flying under the Southwest Radar

Three-time Oaklawn training champion Kenny Smith is poised to return to the Arkansas Derby trail with Gordy Florida, among 14 horses entered in Monday’s $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) at 1 1/16 miles. After winning his first two career starts late last year at Remington Park, Gordy Florida, in his 3-year-old debut, was beaten a neck in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 18 at Oaklawn.
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