Barn Notes Jan. 21: Von Hemel Leaning Towards Southwest with Synchrony

Trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel said Synchrony will “more than likely” make his next start in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 15 at Oaklawn following an encouraging third-place finish in Monday’s Smarty Jones Stakes. The 1-mile Smarty Jones is the first of three major local preps for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 16.
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DISCREETNESS KICKS OFF 3-YEAR-OLD YEAR WITH SMARTY JONES WIN

Hot Springs, Ark. (Monday, Jan. 18, 2016) – Xpress Thoroughbred’s Discreetness began his 3-year-old season in the same way he ended his juvenile year – by winning a stakes. Ridden confidently by jockey Jon Court, Discreetness wore down a determined Gordy Florida late to win Monday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes by a neck. In the process, he earned 10 points towards eligibility for the Kentucky Derby and is now ranked 12th on the list of 20 potential starters.
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STREAMLINE FLIES LATE FOR UPSET PIPPIN VICTORY

Hot Springs, Ark. (Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016) – Streamline proved she’s all heart in Sunday’s $100,000 Pippin Stakes when she split foes late and narrowly beat 3-2 favorite Theogony by a neck at odds of 15-1.
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DERBY DREAMS START MONDAY WITH SMARTY JONES STAKES

Hot Springs, Ark. (Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016) – Oaklawn kicks off its rich Derby prep series Monday with the $150,000 Smarty Jones led by multiple stakes winner Toews On Ice, the 9-5 program favorite for the one-mile race. The race is worth a total of 17 points towards Kentucky Derby eligibility with the winner receiving 10 points.
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The Unquestioned Ruler

American Pharoah was a unanimous choice for 2015 Horse of the Year during Saturday night’s 45th annual Eclipse Awards ceremony, marking the seventh time an Oaklawn stakes winner has received horse racing’s highest honor since 2002.
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