Oaklawn Barn Notes - Wednesday, April 1

The Truth Or Else will add blinkers for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11 at Oaklawn, trainer Kenny McPeek said following the colt’s sizzling workout Wednesday morning under Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel. The colt, in his second breeze in blinkers, covered five furlongs over a fast-rated surface in :58.80 shortly after the renovation break, easily the quickest of 27 works recorded at the distance.
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TRAINER STEVE ASMUSSEN EARNS 7,000TH NORTH AMERICAN VICTORY

Six-time leading trainer Steve Asmussen earned his 7,000th North American victory Wednesday when Drama Coach won the second race at Oaklawn to also give the trainer the sweep of the early Daily Double. The two-time Eclipse Award winning trainer also holds two wins in Dubai from 2008 when Curlin won the Jaguar Trophy and the Dubai World Cup.
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WEAST HILL WINS RAINBOW STAKES IMPRESSIVELY

Coming off an eye-catching 7 ½-length maiden score in his career debut, Weast Hill was equally impressive winning his second start in Sunday’s $75,000 Rainbow Stakes. The Arkansas-bred 3-year-old by Rockport Harbor stopped the clock in 1:09 4/5 for six furlongs on the a fast track, the second fastest time in 41 editions of the Rainbow.
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BE MY CAROLINE PULLS MILD UPSET IN RAINBOW MISS

Sanders Brothers’ Be My Caroline, following in the footsteps of her big sister and top Arkansas-bred female All About Allie, led gate to wire to win Saturday’s $75,000 Rainbow Miss before a hometown crowd of 25,000. The daughter of Storm and a Half completed the six furlong race for Arkansas-bred 3-year-old fillies in 1:11 3/5.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes - Saturday, March 28

On the brink of retirement a month ago, Gold Medal Dancer is in the best form of her career as she nears the biggest race of her career. In her first workout since a breakthrough victory, she traveled five furlongs in a brisk :59.20 Saturday at Oaklawn in preparation for the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) for older fillies and mares April 10.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes - Friday, March 27

Unbeaten Promise Me Silver is scheduled to return to Oaklawn for the $100,000 Instant Racing Stakes for 3-year-old fillies April 11, trainer Bret Calhoun said Friday morning. Calhoun said he hopes to use the six-furlong Instant Racing as a prep for the $200,000 Eight Belles Stakes (G3) May 1 at Churchill Downs.
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