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Oaklawn Barn Notes March 12

March 12, 2014

Southwest Stakes (G3) winner Tapiture and runner-up Strong Mandate renew their rivalry Saturday in the $600,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) as each colt looks to solidify their position as a leading Kentucky Derby hopeful. The Rebel, which is slated as the 10th of 11 live races at 6:04 p.m., drew a field of eight for the 1 1/16-mile race, the last local prep before the $1 million Arkansas Derby April 12 and subsequent Triple Crown races. Read More

Oaklawn Barn Notes March 8

March 08, 2014

The last time multiple stakes winners Don’t Tell Sophia and Flashy Amercian met, they finished second and third, respectively, behind Wine Princess in the Graded 2 Fall City Handicap at Churchill Downs last November. Fast forward three and half months, and Don’t Tell Sophia is now riding a two-race win streak having already won the Pippin and Bayakoa Stakes at Oaklawn and Flashy American has been training forwardly for her seasonal debut. Both are slated to meet in next Saturday’s $200,000 Azeri Stakes (G2). Read More

Oaklawn Barn Notes: March 6

March 06, 2014

Ride On Curlin, most recently third in the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 17, got warmed up to make his next start in the $600,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 15 with a seven-furlong breeze Thursday morning with exercise rider Brian Beccia. The son of 2007 Arkansas Derby winner Curlin covered the distance in 1:26 4/5 over a track rated fast despite morning rains. Read More

Oaklawn Barn Notes March 5

March 05, 2014

As long as there are no bumps along the way, highly regarded Honor Code’s road to Louisville for the first Saturday in May is coming through Hot Springs. Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey, who won his first Kentucky Derby last year with Orb, reiterated on Mar. 5 that Honor Code will make his 3-year-old debut in the $600,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park March 15. Read More

Oaklawn Barn Notes: March 1

March 01, 2014

Smarty Jones winner Tanzanite Cat, most recently fifth in the Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 17, was back on the worktab Friday after working a half mile in :52 2/5 over a fast track. Read More

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