Campaigned Eclipse Award winners Temperence Hill, Vanlandingham and Prairie Bayou
Among the most celebrated owners in Oaklawn history, John Ed Anthony’s Shortleaf Stable won five races at the 2020 Oaklawn meeting, highlighted by homebred Sekani's win in the Rainbow Miss.
The stable got off to a fast start in 2021, winning the $150,000 Smarty Jones with Caddo River Jan. 22 and the $150,000 Downthedustyroad Stakes with The Mary Rose Feb. 28. Caddo River is among the favorites for the $1 million Rebel Stakes (G2) March 13.
After winning the 2018 Northern Spur, High North captured the G3 Iowa Derby. Multiple Oaklawn winner Dutch Parrot, bred in Arkansas by Anthony, won the $200,000 Lady Jacqueline Stakes in 2018 at Thistledown.
Plainsman, a 2018 Oaklawn maiden special weights graduate, closed his 3-year-old campaign with a victory in the Discovery Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct.
Other recent horses campaigned by Shortleaf include G2 winner Benner Island, a half-sister to High North, G3 winner Trace Creek and Atigun, who finished fifth in the 2012 Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn and third in the Belmont Stakes (G1). Trace Creek won the Arkansas Breeders’ Stakes for state-breds in 2015 at Oaklawn. Benner Island finished second in the G3 Honeybee Stakes in 2017 at Oaklawn.
Before phasing out his nationally prominent Loblolly Stable operation in the mid-1990s, Anthony campaigned Eclipse Award winners Temperence Hill (3-year-old male of 1980), the McGaughey-trained Vanlandingham (older male of 1985) and Prairie Bayou (3-year-old male of 1993).
Won the 1980 Belmont Stakes with Temperence Hill and consecutive runnings of the Preakness Stakes (1992-1993) with Pine Bluff and Prairie Bayou, respectively.
First nationally prominent horse was Cox’s Ridge, whose 16 career victories included Oaklawn’s Razorback Handicap (G3) and Oaklawn Handicap (G2) and prestigious Met Mile (G1) in 1978.
Anthony has won the Arkansas Derby with Temperence Hill (1980), Demons Begone (1987) and Pine Bluff (1992), the latter two half-brothers. Anthony has won the Rebel Stakes, Oaklawn’s final major local Arkansas Derby prep, with Temperence Hill, Vanlandingham (1984), Demons Begone, Pine Bluff and Dalhart (1993).
Anthony, who names many of his horses after places in his native south Arkansas, was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame in 2012. Anthony is chairman of Anthony Timberlands, Inc., and his family has been associated with the lumber/timber industry in south Arkansas for more than 100 years.