Racing News

TANZANITE CAT PULLS MILD SMARTY JONES UPSET

January 20, 2014

No rider-trainer combination has been hotter than Norberto Arroyo Jr. and Cody Autrey since the start of the meet and on Monday, they combined to win the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes with Tanzanite Cat before a holiday crowd of 12,582. Read More

HEAVY FAVORITE DON’T TELL SOPHIA WINS SECOND PIPPIN

January 18, 2014

Don’t Tell Sophia didn’t let her fans that made her the prohibitive 2-to-5 favorite down when she drew off to win her second straight $100,000 Pippin Stakes Saturday before an on-track crowd of 12,248. Read More

Oaklawn Barn Notes - Jan. 17

January 17, 2014

The road to the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) and subsequent Triple Crown races begins Monday with the seventh running of the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes, which drew a field of 10. In its short history, the Smarty Jones, which carries 17 points towards eligibility for the Kentucky Derby, has produced multiple Grade 1 winner Flat Out, 2011 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Caleb’s Posse and the likely 2013 champion three-year-old Will Take Charge. Read More

Oaklawn Barn Notes - Jan. 16

January 16, 2014

Phil Sims and Jerry Namy’s Don’t Tell Sophia hopes to once again establish herself as one of Oaklawn’s leading older females when she goes for the repeat in Saturday’s $100,000 Pippin Stakes. The 6-year-old Congaree mare, who will face only five rivals, also won Oaklawn’s Bayakoa Stakes last year, was second in the Grade 3 Azeri Stakes and finished third in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap. Read More

STABLEMATE DROGUE BEATS CYBER SECRET IN FIFTH SEASON

January 11, 2014

Oaklawn President and owner Charles J. Cella earned the victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Fifth Season Stakes, but it wasn’t with the horse most people expected. Homebred Drogue pulled away in the stretch to win by nine-lengths over his stablemate, 2013 Oaklawn Handicap winner Cyber Secret, for his first career stakes win. It was also the first stakes win for trainer Mike Johnson, a former assistant to Peter Vestal. Read More

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