Barn Notes April 8: American Pioneer Leads Friday’s Works for Festival Races

American Pioneer worked 7 furlongs in 1:28.40 over a fast track Friday morning at Oaklawn in preparation for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 16. He breezed during a special 15-minute window set aside for horses scheduled to run in Oaklawn’s Racing Festival of the South, which begins Saturday with the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies.
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Barn Notes April 7: Local Arkansas Derby Runners Prepare to Work

Two of Oaklawn’s leading candidates for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) are scheduled to work this weekend, their final moves in preparation for the April 16 race. Trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel said Suddenbreakingnews should breeze in the next three days, while Whitmore will go an easy half-mile Saturday or Sunday, trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs said.
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Barn Notes: April 6

Cosmic Evolution became acquainted with her new jockey during an easy 3-furlong work Wednesday morning at Oaklawn in preparation for Saturday’s $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3), which opens the annual Racing Festival of the South. Under Ramon Vazquez, Cosmic Evolution covered the distance over a fast track in :39.20 for trainer Lon Wiggins.
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MAIZE ROAD COMES THROUGH AS RAINBOW FAVORITE

Hot Springs, Ark. (Sunday, April 3, 2016) – Randy Patterson’s Maize Road had to survive an objection, but it was the only real challenge he encountered in his 3 1/2-length victory in Sunday’s $100,000 Rainbow Stakes. The 9-5 favorite returned $5.60, $2.80 and $2.40.
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Barn Notes April 3: Discreetness Drills for Arkansas Derby Try

Xpress Thoroughbreds’ Discreetness worked 5 furlongs in 1:03.20 Sunday morning at Oaklawn, the first breeze for the multiple stakes winner since finishing seventh in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 19. The Rebel is the final major local prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 16, which is Discreetness’ next scheduled start.
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RACER LEADS SUNDAY’S RAINBOW FIELD

A field of seven is entered in the $100,000 Rainbow Stakes Sunday at Oaklawn. Probable post time for the race, which is restricted to 3-year-old Arkansas-bred colts and geldings, is 4:42 p.m. (Central). It goes as the eighth race on a nine-race card.
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