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Archarcharch Back to Work with Arkansas Derby Date Circled

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Oaklawn) -- Robert Yagos's Southwest Stakes (G3) winner Archarcharch posted his first workout since finishing third in the Rebel Stakes (G2) Tuesday morning at Oaklawn Park as he looks to give his local connections a dream-come-true run in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) on April 16.

"We are very satisfied with where he's at right now," said trainer Jinks Fires the morning after the 3-year-old son of Arch breezed five furlongs in 1:00 4/5. "We are dealing with the weather and wanted to get it in maybe a little earlier than we planned. We thought about waiting a day, but I didn't want to end up  having to breeze on a wet track."

The continued progress is testament to the resilience of Archarcharch. He emerged from a fourth-place finish in the Smarty Jones Stakes in January with a minor leg injury, but bounced back from that to win the Southwest.

Hot Springs man reels in $5K prize at DeGray tourney

Hot Springs man reels in $5K prize at DeGray tourney

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – Boater Dakota Lucy of Hot Springs, Ark., caught a five-bass limit weighing 22 pounds, 6 ounces March 26 to win $5,505 in the BFL Arkie Division tournament on DeGray Lake. Lucy fished points on a Carolina rig with green lizards to sack his limit.

Robert Bogard Jr., of Conway, Ark., caught a five-bass limit weighing 13 pounds, 12 ounces March 26 to win $1,753 in the Co-angler Division. Bogard used Humdinger lizards on a Carolina rig to haul in his limit.

Meanwhile, at Oaklawn...

Meanwhile, at Oaklawn...

Regally-bred Arienza Preparing for Prima Donna as First Stakes

HOT SPRINGS (Oaklawn) -- The hype is palpable and the future is certainly bright, but Arienza, the daughter of 2002 Horse of the Year and three-time Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) winner Azeri, will make her first cautious foray into stakes action Saturday in a sprint race at Oaklawn Park - the $75,000 Prima Donna Stakes.

Owned by Robert and Lawana Low, the 3-year-old filly won her debut March 6 comfortably in one of the most anticipated maiden races of the season. With Giant's Causeway for a sire and Azeri her mom, longer distance racing will obviously be in her future, but with two-turn allowance races hard to come by, trainer Danny Peitz is resigned to taking another chance at six furlongs.

"She's doing really good," said Peitz Wednesday morning, three days after Arienza's latest bullet workout. "We are really happy with her.

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Two Friday Defections from Rebel Stakes Field

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Oaklawn Press) -- Connections for Dreaminofthewin and Glint have informed Oaklawn Park officials they intend to scratch out of Saturday's $300,000 Rebel Stakes (G2). 

Trainer C.R. Trout had already filed a scratch card for Dreaminofthewin, runner-up in the Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 17 for owner Clint Gilchrist. The son of Successful Appeal has fought a foot problem throughout the winter and Trout wasn’t happy with how the colt got over the track Friday.

"We put on a different shoe and he just wasn’t comfortable this morning,” said Trout. “With the big field and the foot not 100 percent, we didn't want to take a chance.

Horses, trainers ready for Rebel Stakes

Horses, trainers ready for Rebel Stakes

Archarcharch and Bluegrass Jam Put in Final Drills for Rebel

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Oaklawn) -- It was a busy morning for trainer Jinks Fires who sent his top three sophomores out for half-mile breezes Tuesday, led by a bullet workout by Robert Yagos’ Southwest Stakes (G3) winner Archarcharch, who was prepping for Saturday’s $300,000 Rebel Stakes (G2). Also working were Patricia Blass’ Bluegrass Cat colts - Bluegrass Jam, who will join Archarcharch in the Rebel field and Bluegrass Bull, who is pointing toward an allowance race at Oaklawn or the Vinery Spiral Stake (G3) at Turfway Park in Kentucky.

Bluegrass Jam was the first of the trio to hit the track after the break and proceeded to work the distance in 49 flat under jockey Michael Baze.

Notes from the barn at Oaklawn

Notes from the barn at Oaklawn

Alternation Signals Readiness for Stakes Debut in Rebel

HOT SPRINGS (Oaklawn) -- With impeccable breeding, two allowance victories and another impressive workout, Pin Oak Stable’s Alternation is ready to step up the intensity in Saturday’s $300,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park.

Despite heavy rain overnight creating a wet-fast track Monday morning, trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel sent the 3-year-old son of Distorted Humor out for an easy half-mile workout in 48 3/5 seconds under regular jockey Luis Quinonez.

“It looked like he went well,” said Von Hemel. “I caught him going out in 1:02 4/5 and it was nice and easy. He’s kind of deceiving the way he strides, you look down at your watch and you don’t think he’s going that fast, but he really is.

Oaklawn update

Oaklawn update

Dixie City Puts Dutrow Deep in the Heart of Honeybee

Her biggest wins have come in big northeast cities, but Dixie City has relished her life in Arkansas this winter according to trainer Tony Dutrow, and he's excited to send the 3-year-old filly into a competitive $125,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) Saturday at Oaklawn Park.

The daughter of Dixie Union racing for the estate of the late Edward P. Evans leads an all-star assault from the Dutrow barn over the next two weekends. The 1 1/16th-mile Honeybee shares the marquee   Saturday with the $125,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) for older horses. Next Saturday, 3-year-old colts take center stage in the $300,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) and Dutrow will send J W Blue into that contest for The Elkstone Group.