Oaklawn Barn Notes - Sunday, March

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said American Pharoah is scheduled to return to his Southern California base Monday following his devastating wire-to-wire victory in Saturday’s $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds at Oaklawn. American Pharoah earned a preliminary Beyer Speed Figure of 100 for his 6 ¼-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile race, Baffert’s fifth in the last six years.
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GOLD MEDAL DANCER UPSETS CHAMPION UNTAPABLE IN AZERI

The $300,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn marked the eagerly-anticipated 2015 debut of reigning 3-year-old Filly champion Untapable, but long shot Gold Medal Dancer spoiled the party while capturing the first graded stakes win of her career in gate-to-wire fashion.
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CHAMPION AMERICAN PHAROAH RETURNS A WINNER IN REBEL STAKES

Making his first start since Sept. 27 and his first start outside his home state of California, American Pharoah proved why he is among the early Kentucky Derby favorites with a dominating 6 ¼ length victory in Saturday’s $750,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn. An estimated crowd of 30,000 was on hand to witness the 2014 Champion Juvenile Male splash home a winner in a final time of 1:45 3/5 for 1 1/16 on a track labeled sloppy by post time.
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CHAMPION AMERICAN PHAROAH READY FOR REBEL

The horse with the short tail casts a long shadow. Champion American Pharoah is scheduled to make his 3-year-old debut in the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) Saturday afternoon at Oaklawn, a 1 1/16-mile race that has been dominated in recent years by the colt’s trainer, Hall of Famer Bob Baffert.
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TAPITURE RETURNS TO OAKLAWN IN RAZORBACK

The field for the $250,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) for older horses Saturday at Oaklawn is so deep that the only Grade 1 winner in the field is a 12-1 outsider on the morning line. Tapiture, the 5-2 program favorite, is among seven older horses entered in the 1 1/16-mile Razorback, the final major local prep for the $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) April 11.
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