Trainer Gary “Red Dog” Hartlage Enjoying Success with 2-Year-Olds

September 12, 2013

Veteran trainer Gary “Red Dog” Hartlage has long been one of the most popular trainers at Oaklawn and Churchill Downs, where he enjoyed a particular good night last Saturday with his 2-year-olds. Later in the year, those horses will head to Hot Springs to begin preparing for the the upcoming 2014 season. Read More

Lukas, Asmussen Building 3-Year-Old Arsenal Ahead of Meet

September 05, 2013

Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, Oaklawn’s leading trainer in 2011, and Steve Asmussen, who picked up his fifth training title and second straight in 2013, both earned impressive victories with 2-year-old colts last weekend and are well represented in the juvenile races this Saturday at Churchill Downs. If all goes well, both trainers will enter the 2014 Oaklawn season with a full bench of top 3-year-old talent for the track’s rich series for colt and geldings and fillies. Read More

Oaklawn Runners Look to Pull Upset in Super Derby

September 05, 2013

On paper, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Departing looks like the likely winner of Saturday’s $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs on virtue of his impressive West Virginia Derby victory last time out, but there are several Oaklawn connected horses hoping to pull the upset. Read More

Closing Weekend at Saratoga and Del Mar Highlight Oaklawn’s Simulcast Schedule

August 29, 2013

For many racing fans it’s the final days of racing at Saratoga and Del Mar over Labor Day weekend that signals the end of summer more so than the actual holiday. Fortunately, there’s plenty of great racing in store before these marque tracks close their door on another season and Oaklawn will be the local place to catch all the action. Gates will open at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday for full-card simulcast racing from around the country. Read More

Will Take Charge Makes Good for the Home Team

August 29, 2013

After living in the shadows of his Preakness Stakes-winning stablemate, Oxbow, despite having beaten him in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn in March, Will Take Charge finally enjoyed his own time in the spotlight after winning the $1 million Travers Stakes over Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice. The win may have shocked the fans, who let him go off at odds of 9-1, but it was exactly what his Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas was expecting. Read More

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