Big Cap winner Combatant heads deep Oaklawn Handicap

Oaklawn Park media notes by the track’s publicity department (Coady Photography photo of Combatant): HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, May 1, 2020) – It’s not far-fetched to think that more than half of the 14-horse field entered in Saturday’s $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) will be among the starters in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 7 at Keeneland based […] Continue Reading

Whitmore wins Count Fleet Sprint for record third time

Oaklawn Park stakes recap (Coady Photography photos) HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, April 18, 2020) – Oaklawn-loving Whitmore stepped up to the plate and easily defeated one of the toughest fields he’s faced in winning his third $350,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3). The 3-1 favorite settled into fifth place as Bobby’s Wicked One and Share the Upside set the early […] Continue Reading

Moquett’s Whitmore bids to be first three-time Count Fleet winner

From Oaklawn Park’s media department (Coady Photography photos of Whitmore taking last month’s Hot Springs Stakes and the 2018 Count Fleet) HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, April 17, 2020) – He’s been there and done that. Now, millionaire Grade 1 winner Whitmore will try to do it again in the $350,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) for older horses Saturday at […] Continue Reading

New First Saturday in May: Arkansas Derby (for 2020)

An Oaklawn Park press release: HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, March 20, 2020) – Oaklawn announced today that it is moving its signature race – the Arkansas Derby (G1) – from Saturday, April 11 to Saturday, May 2, closing day of the 2020 live meet. Due to the closing of the casino and racetrack to the public, Oaklawn could have raced […] Continue Reading

Keeneland cancels spring meet due to COVID-19 concerns

LEXINGTON, KY (March 16, 2020) – Keeneland officials today announced the cancellation of the track’s upcoming Spring Meet, which was scheduled for April 2-24, due to health and safety concerns surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19. The decision was made following a guidance announcement issued Sunday, March 15, by the Center for Disease Control, which warned against holding large events and […] Continue Reading

COVID-19 Fallout: No spectators at Keeneland meet until at least April 15

Keeneland COVID-19 Update on 2020 Spring Race Meet and April Sale LEXINGTON, KY (March 12, 2020) – The health and safety of Keeneland’s fans, horsemen, athletes and staff are at the forefront of every decision our leadership makes about our racing, sales and hospitality operations. After detailed consultations with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Department for Public Health […] Continue Reading

Saudi Cup: Maximum Security takes first step toward another championship

By Alicia Hughes, for Thoroughbred News Service The question almost always arrives, both in the aftermath of great achievement and during the preparations for another grand task. And for all the challenging things horsemen often have to find answers for, it’s one query they are usually happy to try and dissect. Whenever trainers are fortunate enough to have a horse with […] Continue Reading

Ky Derby trail: Silver Prospector mines gold in Southwest

Oaklawn Park press release (Coady Photography photos) HOT SPRINGS, AR (Monday, Feb. 17, 2020) – Ed and Susie Orr’s Silver Prospector rebounded from a fourth in the opening day Smarty Jones Stakes to secure his position as a leading Kentucky Derby contender with a one-length victory in Monday’s $750,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) before a crowd of 19,500. Silver Prospector broke […] Continue Reading

Derby trail: Answer In favored in Oaklawn’s $750K Southwest

Oaklawn Park press release (Coady Photography photo of Answer In’s maiden win) HOT SPRINGS, AR (Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020) – Brad Cox had a plan and the high-percentage trainer will find out Monday afternoon at Oaklawn if that plan is successful when he sends out lightly raced Answer In in the $750,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 […] Continue Reading

Tom’s d’Etat, 2017 winner Seeking the Soul headline Clark

Today’s Churchill Downs media notes penned by Kevin Kerstein:        LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019) – G M B Racing’s multiple graded stakes winner Tom’s d’Etat is set to bid for Grade I glory in Friday’s $600,000 Clark Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI) against Charles Fipke’s 2017 Clark champion Seeking the Soul and 10 others in a competitive […] Continue Reading