Our network

Sports & Recreation

Longshot wins Spring Fever

Longshot wins Spring Fever

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013) – Seeking Ms Shelley closed out her solid career with a determined victory in Sunday’s $60,000 Spring Fever Stakes. The 7-year-old Cactus Ridge mare, owned and bred by country music star Toby Keith’s Dream Walkin’ Farms, has won 10 of her 19 career starts and has earned $258,352.

Leading rider Robby Albarado put the winner into contention early from post 12 and had moved into second place behind pacesetter Lulu Wong after a quarter mile in 22. The pair dueled the length of the stretch before Seeking Ms Shelley shook free for a half-length victory in 1:04 3/5 for 5 ½ furlongs over a fast track. Lady Diva Ga Ga, the favorite, had to steady slightly on the turn and although she rallied late, had to settle for third. Her jockey, Jon Court, lodged an objection against the winner, but the stewards did not change the order of finish.

Adam Brown Shamrock Run set for March 9

Adam Brown Shamrock Run set for March 9

The Adam Brown Shamrock Run is held in the hometown of US Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator Adam Brown, who lost his life March 17, 2010 serving our country during combat operations in Afghanistan.

All skill levels, from walkers to runners are welcome to join us!  Many wonderful organizations, such as: While We're Waiting ministry, to help parents grieving the loss of a child, and Teen Challenge, a faith-based organization that helps men with life-controlling problems, just to name some directly benefit in Adam's honor!

All ages are welcome to join us for live music, food, prizes, fellowship, and the race, which is professionally timed. The cost is $25 per Adult/ $10 per child 12 and under.  A t-shirt and Smokin' in Style BBQ lunch included! Go to: www.theadambrownshamrockrun.com to get registered.

Please contact Rachel Mundy, at 501-538-3546 (call or text), or via e-mail at rachelhsrealtor@gmail.com for sponsorship or other information.

Oaklawn Barn Notes

Oaklawn Barn Notes

Florida Import Rose to Gold Favored in Martha Washington

Trainer Sal Santoro had never been to Oaklawn until a couple of weeks ago, but on the advice of fellow horsemen, who suggested the best route to Kentucky was through Hot Springs, he brought his star pupil, Rose to Gold, and a few other horses to town for the meet. Saturday, Rose to Gold takes the first step toward her ultimate goal of making the May 3 Kentucky Oaks (G1) when she starts as the 2-1 morning line favorite in Saturday’s $75,000 Martha Washington Stakes. The race offers a total of 17 points based on Churchill Downs’ new criteria for making the Oaks field.

Liberty Girl Ready for Next Step in Martha Washington

Liberty Girl Ready for Next Step in Martha Washington

Casner Racing’s Liberty Girl was one of the most impressive winners from opening day, Jan. 11, when she drew off to win a first level allowance race by 4 ½ lengths in her 3-year-old debut. On Saturday, the A.P. Warrior filly takes another step forward as one of nine fillies entered in the $75,000 Martha Washington Stakes. The one-mile race, part of Oaklawn’s series leading to the April 10 $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3), will offer a total of 17 points based on Churchill Downs’ new criteria for making the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) May 3.

“She’s doing really well,” said trainer Eoin Harty, who is in Hot Springs for a few days overseeing his string of horses here. “At first, I was a little hesitant to run her back (in the Martha Washington) but she’s spent the time since her last race training so well, I went ahead. She’s been so bright and showing all the right signs. Normally, it would seem to be a little quick, but she bounced right out of that race.

Oaklawn Barn Notes

Oaklawn Barn Notes

Will Take Charge Gets Back to Work

Smarty Jones Stakes winner Will Take Charge got back to work Thursday morning with a half-mile breeze in 48 4/5 over a fast track. The time was the second fastest of 30 at the distance with multiple stakes winner Alternation posting the bullet.

“I was glad to see this from him,” said trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who conditions the Unbridled’s Song colt for Willis D. Horton of Marshall, AR. “I told the exercise rider to go in :49, so that was almost perfect. It was just a maintenance half mile, but there were a couple of horses who broke off in front of him and he was pretty aggressive. He’s come back good and we’re still looking at the Southwest or Rebel with him.”

The $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) is Monday, Feb. 18, while the $600,000 Rebel Stakes is Saturday, March 16. Both races are at the 1 1/16-mile distance and offer key points towards making the Kentucky Derby field.

 

San Pablo Arrives for Essex Handicap; Assigned Top Weight

San Pablo Arrives for Essex Handicap; Assigned Top Weight

Dan Bearden’s San Pablo arrived in Hot Springs Tuesday for his engagement in Saturday’s $100,000 Essex Handicap after flying in from trainer Todd Pletcher’s Palm Meadows base in South Florida. He was assigned top weight of 120 lbs. for the 1 1/16-mile race.

 

The 5-year-old Jump Start horse enters the Essex having won four of his last five starts, including his last two – the $75,000 Queens County at Aqueduct Dec. 8 and $100,000 Swatara Stakes at Penn National Nov. 21. His  only poor performance came three races ago in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Sept. 29. Prior to the Jockey Club, he had earned his first graded stakes victory in the Iselin Handicap (G3) at Monmouth Park and won the Birdstone Stakes at Saratoga.

 

San Pablo’s best races have come when he has been on or near the lead, but Pletcher is not worried about how Saturday’s race might shape up.

Oaklawn Barn Notes

Oaklawn Barn Notes

Lukas Keeping Options Open for Three-Year-Olds

As a former basketball coach, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas knows the importance of having a deep bench and his appears to be quite full after Oxbow and Will Take Charge both earned important Kentucky Derby prep victories and points last weekend. Oxbow easily won the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (G3) at Fair Grounds last Saturday, while his stablemate Will Take Charge stayed home and won Monday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes. Each horse earned 10 points based on Churchill Downs’ new system for making the Derby field.

Will Take Charge, who had a hard-fought battle to the wire, gave the trainer some anxious moments after he stumbled pulling up, but was fine.

“He’s fine and was fine when we got him back to the barn (Monday) afternoon,” said Lukas. “He must have just tweaked something pulling up from the race.  We jogged him in the shedrow this morning and he’s just great.”