Racing News

Oaklawn Barn Notes Feb. 14

February 14, 2014

Coastline could fare no better than third in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes here last month, but trainer Mark Casse thinks John Oxley’s colt deserves another chance to prove himself in Monday’s $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3), especially since there are Kentucky Derby qualifying points to be earned along with the purse money. The Road to the Kentucky Derby cuts through Hot Springs on Monday, with 10-4-2-1 points to be awarded to the top four horses under the wire. Coastline already has 2 points, earned in the Smarty Jones. Read More

Oaklawn Barn Notes Feb. 13

February 13, 2014

Trainers Bret Calhoun and Cody Autrey decided to out fox Mother Nature and sent their Southwest Stakes (G3) prospects to Evangeline Training Center in Carencro, LA for their final workouts Wednesday in preparations for Monday’s race, a key stop along the Arkansas Derby (G1) trail. Carenco is about six hours south of Oaklawn, which was forced to cancel four days of training and racing because of winter weather. Read More

OAKLAWN CANCELS SUNDAY’S CARD

February 08, 2014

Oaklawn has cancelled its Sunday card because of lingering winter weather that has blasted Central Arkansas since Thursday. The cancellation marks the fourth straight day the track has been forced to cancel because of the weather. It also lost part of last Sunday’s card. Read More

OAKLAWN TO INCREASE OVERNIGHT PURSES

February 07, 2014

Oaklawn Racing and Gaming has announced it will increase all overnight purses by as much as $2,000 per race starting with the Saturday, Feb. 8 card. Additionally, the purses for both the Oaklawn Handicap (G2) April 12 and the Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) April 11 have both been increased by $100,000 to $600,000 guaranteed. Read More

Oaklawn Barn Notes - Feb. 2

February 02, 2014

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas didn’t let Sunday morning rain throw his schedule off and sent several horses in his barn out for workouts, including Champion Will Take Charge and Strong Mandate. The 4-year-old Will Take Charge, breezed a half mile in 49 4/5 over a sloppy track, while the 3-year-old Strong Mandated posted the bullet at the same distance of 48 3/5. Read More

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