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Oaklawn announces third purse increase

Oaklawn announces third purse increase

Allowance Races and Maiden Special Weights Now More Than $50,000

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Thursday, March 8, 2012) – The good fortune continues at Oaklawn with racing and Instant Racing/gaming both seeing double digit increases in February and as a result, the Hot Springs track is announcing the third purse increase of the meet effective with Friday’s nine-race card. In addition, the purses for the four remaining Arkansas-bred stakes – the Rainbow, the Rainbow Miss and both divisions of the Arkansas Breeders’ – will be increased from $50,000 to $60,000.

On-track handle improved 30% in February compared to 2011, while off-track handle grew 33%. The Instant Racing/gaming operations saw similar increase during the same time period. 

Barn notes 3/2

Barn notes 3/2

Mr. Bluegrass Music Shakes Illness To Start In Gazebo

 

A bout with a virus kept Mr. Bluegrass Music from jumping into the 3-year-old stakes fray last month, but trainer Rick Jackson says the gray colt is ready to reload with a start in Saturday’s $60,000 Gazebo Stakes at Oaklawn.

 

Owned by Jac Mac Stable and Cedar Lakes Stables, Mr. Bluegrass Music was last seen finishing third    behind eventual Southwest Stakes (G3) runner-up Scatman in a tough optional allowance sprint Jan. 29. Jackson said the son of Bluegrass Cat would have followed Scatman into that major stop on the Arkansas Derby (G1) trail, but plans had to change in February.

 

Barn notes 3/1

Barn notes 3/1

Exfactor Now Focused On Sprinting With Gazebo Reboot

 

Trainer Bernie Flint has been dealing with a cold, but doctors will clearly be able to rule out a diagnosis of ‘Derby Fever’ as he ships Graded stakes-winner Exfactor to Oaklawn for Saturday’s $60,000 Gazebo Stakes, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds.

 

The veteran New Orleans-based conditioner got a stark indication that the Stoneway Farm’s 3-year-old colt will find his best success in sprint races after an 11th-place finish in the two-turn LeComte Stakes (G3) at Fair Grounds Jan. 21.

 

“Fortunately, he’s got talent, unfortunately, he doesn’t want to go long,” said Flint, who entered and put the son of Exchange Rate on a van to Hot Springs Thursday morning. “We took our shot, but if you look at him, he definitely looks like a sprinter.”

 

Barn notes 2/29

Barn notes 2/29

Lauer & Scatman ‘Back in Routine’ After Splashy Second in Southwest

 

Not much has changed for trainer Michael Lauer more than a week since saddling Scatman to a game runner-up finish in the Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn, other than needing to keep his mobile phone battery charged with all the phone calls he’s received.

 

“We’re back in the routine,” said Lauer, who has toiled in the relative quiet of barn 33 in the back corner of Oaklawn’s stable area for three years now. “Things have picked up, though. The phone rings a lot more and I’ve got reporters coming by.”

 

Barn notes 2/24

Barn notes 2/24

Comedero Recovers In Time To Defend No Double Crown

 

The leading Arkansas-bred in training, Comedero, is returning to defend his title won in Saturday’s $50,000 No Double Breeders’ Stakes at Oaklawn despite a dangerous infection that hobbled him late last year.

 

Trained by Michael Stidham for Peter Redekop, the son of Posse was bred in the Natural State by McDowell Farm, but has distinguished himself beyond Arkansas with graded stakes wins all over the map. He won the No Double last year and followed up with a victory in a stakes in Delaware but then tailed off with a three-race losing streak. While on the comeback trail, his life and career took a dangerous turn.

 

Oaklawn has record purse increase

Oaklawn has record purse increase

OAKLAWN ANNOUNCES RECORD PURSE INCREASE

Second Increase Bunps Total Overnight Purses by $100,000 a Week

 

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012) – A history-making Presidents Day weekend and continued strong business propelled by good weather have allowed Oaklawn to make the single largest purse increase in track history starting with Thursday’s 9-race card. Overnight purses will be raised by $100,000 per week through the end of the meet and the $800,000 addition to the overnight purse account will bring the total purse distribution to nearly $18 million for the 56-day meet, a track record.

 

Barn notes 2/23

Barn notes 2/23

Absinthe Minded Won’t Mind the Challenge From Havre De Grace

 

Last year at this time, eventual Horse of the Year Havre de Grace was gradually building up her fitness training at Oaklawn. Other local rivals had reason to feel the major stakes for fillies and mares would be very challenging.

 

This season, with Havre de Grace training out-of-sight-but-not-quite-out-of-mind in New Orleans, it has been Briland Farm’s Absinthe Minded who has blossomed into a dominating mare and her Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas isn’t backing down now that Havre de Grace is targeted for the $150,000 Azeri Stakes (G3) March 17.

 

“We knew races like the Azeri and the Apple Blossom were going to get a lot tougher,” said Lukas. “I had no illusions that some of those horses would be interested, and we might see even more horses like her end up in there before too long.”