Ricardo Santana Jr. to Miss Final Day Due to Illness

Oaklawn leading jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. won’t ride Saturday’s closing-day program because of illness, the rider’s agent, Ruben Munoz, said Saturday morning. Santana was named on 10 horses Saturday, including Bold Conquest (Arkansas Derby) and Tapiture (Oaklawn Handicap) for six-time Oaklawn training champion Steve Asmussen. Jockey Luis Quinonez picks up the mounts on both these Asmussen horses.
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UNTAPABLE RETURNS TO WINNING WAYS IN APPLE BLOSSOM

Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable looked every bit the champion she is as she drew off to win Friday’s $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) by 2 ½ lengths over longshot Diva’s Diamond. The 2014 champion 3-year-old filly entered the race off a second in the March 14 Azeri Stakes (G2) to Gold Medal Dancer, who had to settle for third Friday in the 1 1/16 mile race.
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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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