HILLBILLY ROYALTY FAVORED IN NORTHERN SPUR

Saturday’s $100,000 Northern Spur Stakes at Oaklawn has lured a field of eight 3-year-olds, including 5-2 program favorite Hillbilly Royalty. Bred and owned by country music star Toby Keith (Dream Walkin Farms), Hillbilly Royalty enters the one-mile Northern Spur with a 2-0-0 record from three lifetime starts.
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ALSVID UPSETS COUNT FLEET SPRINT HANDICAP

Black Hawk Stable’s Alsvid finally got his breakthrough win Thursday when he came flying down the lane to overtake Ivan Fallanovalot for the victory in the $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3). It was the second straight win for the 6-year-old Officer gelding, who had finished second in six previous starts at Oaklawn including this same race last year.
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Untapable Calm, Cool, Collected

Trainer Steve Asmussen said champion Untapable was a bit antsy in her new surroundings after arriving at Oaklawn in early March. It showed a few days later when Untapable, slow to settle early in the $300,000 Azeri Stakes (G2), finished second in her 4-year-old debut, beaten a half-length by Gold Medal Dancer over a waterlogged surface.
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American Pharoah Settles Back in to Oaklawn

American Pharoah, a Zayat Stables homebred who is trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, is in ninth place with 60 points so he is assured of a spot in the Kentucky Derby if he performs as expected in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1).
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SPRING INCLUDED WINS SECOND STRAIGHT IN CAROUSEL

Favored Spring Included won her second consecutive stakes race at Oaklawn Wednesday when she rallied from off the pace to capture the 36th running of the $100,000 Carousel Stakes during the track’s renowned Racing Festival of the South.
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