CHAMPION STELLAR WIND RETURNS A WINNER IN APPLE BLOSSOM

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, April 13, 2017) – Hronis Racing LLC.’s Stellar Wind, making her first start since finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1), returned in fine fashion to win Friday’s $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) by 1 ¼ lengths over four-time Oaklawn stakes winner Terra Promessa.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes: ARKANSAS DERBY UPDATE 2

Classic Empire, last year’s 2-year-old champion and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, jogged a mile and galloped a mile during an uneventful training session shortly after the track opened at 7 a.m. At noon he schooled in the indoor paddock and on the infield grass, overseen by Norman Casse, son of trainer Mark Casse.
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CLASSIC EMPIRE FAVORED IN TOUGH ARKANSAS DERBY

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, April 13, 2017) – John Oxley’s champion Classic Empire is the 8-5 program favorite for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) Saturday at Oaklawn, a 1 1/8-mile race that highlights the closing-day program.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes: ARKANSAS DERBY

John Oxley’s champion Classic Empire tested the Oaklawn surface for the first time Thursday morning, jogging and mile and galloping a mile in preparation for Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), according to assistant trainer Norm Casse.
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CHAMPION STELLAR WIND HEAVILY FAVORED IN APPLE BLOSSOM

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Thursday, April 12, 2017) – Champion Stellar Wind begins her final racing campaign that will hopefully conclude with a second Eclipse Award in Friday’s $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles Friday at Oaklawn. Over, the last 10, the race has produced four champion older mare titles – Close Hatches (2014), Havre de Grace (2011) and Zenyatta (2008 and 2010) and two Horse of the Year titles – Havre de Grace (2011) and Zenyatta (2010).
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