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Barn notes 1/13

Barn notes 1/13

Back to Work for Caleb’s Posse

 

Just a few days short of a year since he began his 3-year-old campaign that may result in multiple Eclipse Awards, Caleb’s Posse returned to the workout list Thursday at Oaklawn.

 

Owned by Cheyenne Stables and McNeil Stables, the now 4-year-old stretched his legs with a three-furlong breeze in 36 4/5 for trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel.

 

It was on Martin Luther King Jr. Day last year when Caleb’s Posse won the Smarty Jones Stakes, signaling his quality and starting a season that yielded Grade 1 wins in the King’s Bishop Stakes at Saratoga and the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. Those wins have the son of Posse up for champion 3-year-old and champion sprinter at the Eclipse Awards Monday night.

 

Full fields, competitive season await Oaklawn fans opening day

Full fields, competitive season await Oaklawn fans opening day

FULL FIELDS, COMPETITIVE FIFTH SEASON AWAIT FANS OPENING DAY

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2011) – The excitement surrounding the start of Oaklawn’s 108th season will reach a fever pitch when the gates open Friday for the nine-race card, which features the $75,000 Fifth Season Stakes for 4-year-olds and older going 1 1/16 miles. Gates open at 11 am and first post is 1:00 p.m.

The Fifth Season drew a solid field of eight horses, the smallest on the card, and is headed by 2011 Razorback Handicap winner It Happened Again. The 9-5 morning line favorite enters the race off a resounding win in the Claiming Crown Jewel at Fair Grounds Dec. 3, his first start since June.

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.