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Autrey, Calhoun Head South for Key Southwest Workouts
Autrey, Calhoun Head South for Key Southwest Workouts

Trainers Bret Calhoun and Cody Autrey decided to out fox Mother Nature and sent their Southwest Stakes (G3) prospects to Evangeline Training Center in Carencro, LA for their final workouts Wednesday in preparations for Monday’s race, a key stop along the Arkansas Derby (G1) trail. Carenco is about six hours south of Oaklawn, which was forced to cancel four days of training and racing because of winter weather.

Calhoun plans to start both his Springboard Mile winner Louies Flower and Son of Dixie, who was most recently third behind another Southwest hopeful Bourbonize opening day, in the 1 1/16-mile race.

“Louies Flower and Son of Dixie both worked an easy half and galloped out 7/8ths,” Calhoun said. “It was a nice controlled work and went perfect. The plan right now is to run both in the Southwest. Both horses will ship back to Oaklawn on Saturday.”

Autrey is also is likely to have two runners in the Southwest with Smarty Jones winner Tanzanite Cat and impressive Oaklawn maiden winner Paganol, both owned by James and Ywachetta Driver.

“They worked together in 48 and a tick and galloped out in 1:01 3/5,” said Autrey. “That’s a real good work for that track.”

Paganol will be ridden by Oaklawn’s leading rider Norberto Arroyo Jr. and Tanzanite Cat will be ridden by Southern California-based jockey Corey Nakatani.

“Corey’s a good friend and a world class rider,” said Autrey. “He’s ridden a lot of winners for me.”

The $300,000 Southwest Stakes will be part of a special Presidents Day card at Oaklawn. First post is 1 p.m.

(Source: Oaklawn)