Oaklawn Barn Notes - Thursday, March 19

Far Right continued preparations for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11 by working five furlongs after the renovation break Thursday morning at Oaklawn under Greta Kuntzweiler. Far Right, who worked in company with stablemate Peteizum, a 5-year-old starter-allowance gelding, was credited with 1:00.80 over a fast-rated surface. According to clockers, He covered his final quarter-mile in :24.40 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.80. Peteizum went 5 furlongs in 1:01.40.
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TRASKWOOD WOMAN WINS RECORD JACKPOT

For one lucky woman from Traskwood, AR there really was a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow St. Patrick’s Day. Linda B., 62, walked out of Oaklawn Tuesday $143,543.78 richer after hitting a record jackpot while playing a $.25 Wheel of Fortune machine. The jackpot, the largest in Oaklawn’s history, beat the previous high mark of $125,103.43 set in Feb. 2013 by a Little Rock, AR woman.
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Oaklawn Barn Notes - Wednesday, March 18

Only one 3-year-old is entered in Wednesday’s featured eighth race at Oaklawn, a $67,000 third-level allowance. But, it’s a 3-year-old of note. Grade 2 winner I Spent It is scheduled to make his 2015 debut in the mile race, which co-owner Alex Lieblong calls an audition for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11.
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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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