Three Stars of the Week
– 1st Star: Aragorn Ami (ON) – She came to Oaklawn with just one lifetime race, but that’s all she needed! Aragorn Ami captured the first of three Kentucky Oaks prep races at Oaklawn, as she took the Martha Washington by a length. Considering this was only her second lifetime start you would think that leaves room for a little improvement as well which is even better news for all her connections. With the filly race being wide open this year, Aragorn Ami has tossed her name into the discussion moving forward.
– 2nd Star: Boji Moon (IA) – This was just a ridiculous performance! After trying to stretch Boji Moon out a couple of times, trainer Chris Richard entered him back in a six furlong race and it worked out very well. Even though he was facing older rivals, Boji Moon was dominant in winning an allowance race Saturday as he easily won while completely in hand. You would have to think the race sets him up for Stakes company next time out considering he left plenty in the tank in this race. Oaklawn has a couple of shorter three year old stakes that he could be looking at down the road. At the six furlong distance it will be hard for anyone to beat him.
– 3rd Star: Right to Vote (KY) – Friday’s feature contained three horses that have won Stakes races at Oaklawn in the past, but it was Right to Vote that ended up getting the money in a stylish performance. The win was his first at Oaklawn in three tries, but more importantly the win came around two turns. That means Right to Vote has thrown his name into the older male division mix at Oaklawn, with races like the Essex, Razorback, and the Oaklawn Handicap within his reach. The emergence of Right to Vote gives trainer Ron Moquett a duel threat in the older male division as he conditions top sprinter Gentleman’s Bet as well.
Flop of the Week
– Kiss Moon (KY) – She came into the Martha Washington undefeated, and was bet down to favoritism, but was a complete no-show finishing seventh. Maybe she bounced a bit off that nice performance on opening weekend, or maybe the competition got to her. You should never give up on a three-year old this time of year, but she’ll need to show a lot more next time out.
|Rank||Trainer Name||Sts||1st||2nd||3rd||Total $||Win%||Top3||Top3%|
|4||Chris A. Hartman||23||8||3||2||$170,857||35%||13||57%|
|5||Steven M. Asmussen||35||5||9||2||$273,264||14%||16||46%|
|5||Roger A. Brueggemann||21||5||3||3||$117,712||24%||11||52%|
|5||David R. Vance||14||5||1||1||$109,235||36%||7||50%|
|8||Randy L. Morse||27||4||4||3||$141,666||15%||11||41%|
|8||Brad H. Cox||24||4||3||4||$113,169||17%||11||46%|
|10||Mark E. Casse||22||3||3||3||$149,772||14%||9||41%|
|10||Philip A. Sims||15||3||1||3||$140,634||20%||7||47%|
|10||D. Wayne Lukas||32||3||4||7||$130,470||9%||14||44%|
|10||Gary G. Hartlage||8||3||1||$66,021||38%||4||50%|
|10||Joseph R. Martin||20||3||4||$44,145||15%||7||35%|
|10||Paul E. Holthus||7||3||1||$37,431||43%||4||57%|
|Rank||Jockey Name||Sts||1st||2nd||3rd||Total $||Win%||Top3||Top3%|
|1||Norberto Arroyo, Jr.||63||13||12||5||$444,254||21%||30||48%|
|2||Ricardo Santana, Jr.||71||10||14||5||$467,550||14%||29||41%|
|2||Terry J. Thompson||58||10||6||7||$324,099||17%||23||40%|
|6||Ken S. Tohill||39||7||5||5||$190,483||18%||17||44%|
|6||Ramon A. Vazquez||43||7||5||8||$170,267||16%||20||47%|
|9||Calvin H. Borel||36||5||3||1||$213,439||14%||9||25%|
|9||Luis S. Quinonez||57||5||6||6||$211,645||9%||17||30%|
|9||Seth B. Martinez||28||5||3||5||$132,030||18%||13||46%|
Preview to Next Week
– Saturday: The King Cotton Stakes – 4 Year Olds and Upward – 6 furlongs – Purse: $100,000