Will Take Charge Caps Big Weekend for Lukas With Smarty Jones Win

January 21, 2013

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas is back in a serious hunt for his 14th Triple Crown victory after Will Take Charge gave the trainer his second prep race victory of the weekend in Monday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn. On Saturday, he had won the Lecomte Stakes with Oxbow at the Fair Grounds. Both races were worth 10 Kentucky Derby points to the winner based on the new criteria for making the field for the “Run to the Roses.” Read More

American Sugar and Cheery Share Sunday's Spotlight

January 20, 2013

Sunday’s card at Oaklawn was highlighted by co-features for female sprinters and each winner served notice that they are forces to be reckoned with in their respective divisions. Poindexter Thoroughbreds’ American Sugar took the first step toward the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) April 10 with a dominating victory in the $60,000 Dixie Belle for 3-year-old fillies, while Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Cheery looks ready to lead the older females after taking the $60,000 American Beauty Stakes. Read More

Oaklawn Barn Notes Jan. 18

January 19, 2013

Trainer Bret Calhoun got the Oaklawn meet off to a fast start by winning the opening day Fifth Season Stakes with Donoharm and this weekend he will attempt to win two more stakes with Jemima’s Pearl and Minesave in Saturdray’s $75,000 Pippin Stakes and Sam’s Bliss in Sunday’s $60,000 American Beauty Stakes. Read More

Oaklawn Barn Notes Jan. 19

January 19, 2013

With an impressive maiden score November 15, sharp workouts and a red-hot jockey, Charles J. Cella’s Lady Stonewall was installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite for Sunday’s $60,000 Dixie Belle Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. The six-furlong race, the first in the series culminating with the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) April 10, had been originally scheduled for last Saturday when the track was forced to cancel due to severe rain. Read More

There's No Secret About Don't Tell Sophia in Pippin

January 19, 2013

Trainer Phil Sims is spending his first winter in Hot Springs, but it won’t take the Oaklawn fans long to get to know him, especially if all his horses continue to run as well as Don’t Tell Sophia did in winning Saturday’s $75,000 Pippin Stakes by 7 ¼ lengths. Read More

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