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Barn notes 1/11

Barn notes 1/11

Reloading Rocket Twentyone for the Dixie Belle

 

When Frank Fletcher’s Rocket Twentyone won the Arlington-Washington Lassie (G2) last summer in Chicago, it fast-tracked her career right into the Breeders’ Cup. After a rough trip in the Juvenile Fillies (G1), trainer Tom Howard is eager to reload now that the calendar has turned. The $50,000 Dixie Belle Saturday at Oaklawn gives her that chance.

 

“It will be good to kick her back to three-quarters,” said Howard Wednesday morning, referring to the Dixie Belle’s six-furlong distance. “She’s doing really good and has been able to train right along. I don’t have many excuses right now.”

 

Barn notes 1/10

Barn notes 1/10

On Fire Baby Breezes Gets Final Smarty Jones Work in Before Rain

 

Morning rains couldn’t keep exciting filly On Fire Baby from posting her final major workout ahead of an expected date against the boys next Monday in the $100,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn.

 

Owned by Anita Cauley, the two-time Graded stakes winner last fall in Kentucky was officially clocked going five furlongs in 1:02 1/5 Tuesday morning just before a thunderstorm hit Hot Springs. Trainer Gary “Red Dog” Hartlage was most excited by the way the gray daughter of Smoke Glacken finished the breeze.

 

“She’s so ready,” said Hartlage. “She just looks so good and comes home so easily.”

 

From Hot Springs to Beverly Hills, Oaklawn Stars among Eclipse Finalists

From Hot Springs to Beverly Hills, Oaklawn Stars among Eclipse Finalists

With Fox Hill Farm’s Havre de Grace a front-runner for the 2011 Horse of the Year award, there is the strong chance that not only will America’s champion Thoroughbred be a female for the third straight year, Oaklawn will have been the stage for some of those championship performances for the fifth consecutive year.

 

Havre de Grace, winner of the 2011 Azeri (G3) and the Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) here, could   follow in the footsteps of Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta if she is announced as the Horse of the Year at the annual Eclipse Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., Jan. 16. Those two super-star females followed 2007 Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby winner Curlin’s two-year reign as Horse of the Year.

 

On Fire Baby could face males in Smarty Jones

On Fire Baby could face males in Smarty Jones

Saying she could run with anyone her age, trainer Gary Hartlage has races against males on the agenda for stakes-winning filly On Fire Baby including the $100,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 16 at Oaklawn Park.

 

Owned by Anita Cauley, On Fire Baby went 3-for-4 as a 2-year-old with wins in the Pocahontas Stakes (G2) and the Golden Rod Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs. She breezed seven furlongs Wednesday morning at Oaklawn in 1:29 2/5 under regular jockey Joe Johnson.

 

Her workouts in Hot Springs have opened up the possibilities for “Red Dog” Hartlage when it comes to choosing where the daughter of Smoke Glacken will make her 3-year-old debut.

 

Hill, Geroux, McPeek and Bonde among fresh faces at Oaklawn

Hill, Geroux, McPeek and Bonde among fresh faces at Oaklawn

HILL, GEROUX, MCPEEK AND BONDE AMONG THE FRESH FACES AT OAKLAWN

 

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2011) – Oaklawn’s record purses for the 2012 live meet, which begins Friday, Jan. 13, have lured some new faces ready to take on its already competitive jockey colony and trainer roster. Oaklawn’s barn area will be at full capacity after receiving stall applications from 152 trainers, representing 2,600 horses.

 

Four-day celebration launches Oaklawn 2012 season

Four-day celebration launches Oaklawn 2012 season

FOUR-DAY OPENING WEEKEND WITH TWO PROMOTIONS

KICKS OFF OAKLAWN’S 2012 LIVE SEASON

56-Day Meet Begins Friday, January 13

 

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011) – In Arkansas, there are five seasons – Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall and the Oaklawn live meet, which is set to start Friday, Jan. 13 with the aptly named $75,000 Fifth Season Stakes. Other highlights of the four-day opening weekend are the traditional 50-cent Corn Beef Sandwiches Saturday, Jan. 15 and Oaklawn Ball Caps will be given away with each paid admission while supplies last Monday, Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Oaklawn reduces minimum on three wagers

Oaklawn reduces minimum on three wagers

2012 Live Racing Season Kicks Off Jan. 13

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Thursday, Dec.15, 2011) – In advance of the start of its 2012 live race meet Jan. 13, Oaklawn has reduced the minimum bet for the Pick 3, Pick 4 and Classix wager. The Pick 3 and Pick 4 will both have a 50-cent minimum, while the Classix, a Pick 6 wager, is going from $2 to $1.

Oaklawn offers a competitive takeout rate of 17% for straight bets and 21% on all exotic bets. In addition, the 50-cent Pick 3s and Pick 4s, Oaklawn also offers 50-cent Trifectas and 10-cent Superfectas along with $1 Exactas and $1 Daily Doubles. The minimum bet for straight wagers is $2.

“We looked at what other tracks are doing and listened to feedback from our customers in putting together our 2012 wagering menu,” said Assistant General Manager of Racing David Longinotti.