Oaklawn Report: Oaklawn Runners Score Major Wins

Razorback Handicap winner Gun Runner asserted himself as one of top horses in the country with his victory Saturday in the Whitney Stakes (G1) at Saratoga; Oaklawn maiden winner Colonelsdarktemper won the $750,000 West Virginia Derby.
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Razorback Handicap Winner Gun Run Tops Whitney Field

Razorback Handicap winner Gun Runner is the 4-5 favorite in Saturday’s $1.2 million Whitney Handicap at Saratoga; Dixie Belle and Martha Washington Stakes winner Chanel’s Legacy and the Oaklawn raced Vertical Oak are among 10 horses entered in the Grade 1 Test Stakes on Whitney undercard; Lookin at Lee, who ran in Oaklawn’s Southwest, Rebel and Arkansas Der by, is the favorite for Saturday’s $750,000 West Virginia Derby.
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OAKLAWN BUMPS APPLE BLOSSOM AND ESSEX PURSES FOR 2018

One of the richest and most prestigious Grade 1 races for older fillies and mares will be $100,000 richer in 2018. The Apple Blossom Handicap is one of two stakes receiving a purse increase ahead of Oaklawn’s 2018 live season along with the Essex Handicap for older male horses, which was bumped $50,000. The $700,000 Apple Blossom will be run Friday, April 13, while the $300,000 Essex will be run Saturday, March 17 as part of Oaklawn’s total 31-race stakes schedule worth $8.525 million.
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Oaklawn Report: Oaklawn Runners Have Major Stakes Engagements This Weekend

Apple Blossom Handicap winner Stellar Wind leads a trio of Oaklawn-raced horses competing in Grade 1 races this weekend. The champion mare will be looking to defend her title in the Clement L. Hirsch at Del Mar Sunday; Hence, who broke his maiden Oaklawn in January, seeks his third career stakes victory in Sunday’s $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth.
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Oaklawn Report: Rebel Stakes Runner-Up Sonneteer A Maiden No More

Sonneteer, who finished second in the Rebel Stakes and fourth in the Arkansas Derby as a maiden, earned his first career victory Sunday at Del Mar in a 1 1/16-mile turf race; Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas unleashed promising juvenile Saturday at Saratoga in Sporting Chance; Oaklawn winner Wilbo lived up to his favorite’s role with a half-length victory in the $50,000 Don Bernhardt Saturday at Ellis Park.
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Oaklawn Report: Oaklawn Runners among Favorites for Ellis’ Don Bernhardt Stakes

Eight of the 10 runners in this year’s Honeybee Stakes have gone on to win stakes and/or allowance races, including Lovely Bernadette, entered in Thursday’s Ta Wee Stakes at Indiana Grand. Six of the 10 horses entered in Saturday’s Don Bernhardt Stakes at Ellis Park, including 2-1 morning line favorite Wilbo, have all raced at Oaklawn in recent years; Lovely Bernadette, among eight horses from the $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies March 11 at Oaklawn to return and win, is entered in the $100,000 Ta Wee Stakes today at Indiana Grand.
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