Barn Notes - Feb. 14: Southwest Equals Decision Time for Bird of Trey

Trainer John Servis said Bird of Trey’s ensuing flight pattern will be determined by his performance in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds Monday at Oaklawn. A Pennsylvania-bred son of 2004 Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone, the colt is coming off a fourth-place finish in the $200,000 Jerome Stakes (G3) Jan. 2 at Aqueduct. He was beaten 16 ½ lengths by Flexibility under Kendrick Carmouche.
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COLLECTED FAVORED IN FULL SOUTHWEST STAKES

Hot Springs, Ark. (Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016) – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will try to collect his record-tying fifth victory in the Southwest Stakes when he sends out lightly raced Collected in the $500,000 Grade 3 event Monday at Oaklawn. Probable post time for the Southwest, the ninth of 10 races, is 5:09 p.m. (Central).
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LA MACCHINA PULLS ESSEX HANDICAP UPSET

Hot Springs, Ark. (Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016) – Trainer Otabek Umarov said after the race that he doesn’t look at the odds board and while others dismissed former claimer La Macchina at 11-1, he was not surprised to see his stable star win Saturday’s $100,000 Essex Handicap.
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Barn Notes - Feb. 13: Collected Gets Feel for Oaklawn Surface

Lightly raced Collected got his first feel of the Oaklawn surface Saturday morning, galloping after the renovation break for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert in advance of Monday’s $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3). The 5-2 program favorite for the Southwest, arrived early Friday afternoon in Hot Springs following a two-hour, 45-minute flight that originated in Southern California, said Jimmy Barnes, Baffert’s top assistant.
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COUGAR RIDGE AND CARVE LEAD ESSEX HANDICAP FIELD

Hot Springs, Ark. (Friday, Fe. 12, 2016) – Cougar Ridge will try to stretch his winning streak to five in Saturday’s $100,000 Essex Handicap for older horses Saturday at Oaklawn. Probable post time for the 1 1/16-mile Essex, the ninth of 10 races, is 5:09 p.m. (Central). First post Saturday is 1:05 p.m. Seven horses are entered in the Essex, but the projected field was reduced by one Friday morning when 9-5 program favorite Midnight Hawk didn’t board a flight originating in Southern California for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.
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