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Oaklawn Report #8

Three Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Valid Commander (AR)  – The Nodouble Breeders’ Stakes was the only stakes race carded this weekend at Oaklawn, and it was Valid Commander who made the most of his opportunity to shine.  He was able to take advantage of a fast speed duel out front between Humble Smarty and Mallet, and got the perfect stalking trip to win by a length at odds of 8-1.  Even though this was an Arkansas Bred Stakes race, the time was fairly fast so perhaps Valid Commander could be finding his groove.  The win was his second in a row, and first stakes win of his career.

– 2nd Star: Back Forty (KY) – Thursday’s feature allowance race could have been the toughest race of the week, but Back Forty was able to handle the field nicely to win by three-quarters of a length over Frederico.  Back Forty has now won three of six races at Oaklawn, which easily looks to be his favorite track.  Look for him in another Oaklawn allowance next time out, or perhaps a small stakes at Delaware where he also excels.

– 3rd Star: Adrianne G (KY) – After finishing fourth in a Stakes last time out at the Fair Grounds, Adrianne G returned to allowance company at Oaklawn Saturday was victorious for the third time in four starts.  She held a perfect stalking position early on, and was able drive clear with ease in the stretch to win by a little over one and half lengths.  The win could propel her into Stakes company again next time out.

Flop of the Week

Bull Dozer (FL) – The local fan favorite couldn’t put on a show for all his fans on Thursday, as he was the well beaten heavy favorite in the feature allowance race.  The track was playing strangely on Thursday which could have caused some problems.  You can bet he’ll regroup and will probably be backed pretty well next time out.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Chris   Richard 49 17 4 4 $422,970 35% 25 51%
2 Steven M. Asmussen 65 16 13 5 $728,199 25% 34 52%
2 Federico   Villafranco 50 16 11 7 $319,766 32% 34 68%
4 Cody   Autrey 67 15 12 9 $400,691 22% 36 54%
5 Chris A. Hartman 47 11 8 5 $299,522 23% 24 51%
6 Brad H. Cox 35 8 5 6 $257,569 23% 19 54%
7 Ron   Moquett 62 7 8 5 $322,827 11% 20 32%
8 D. Wayne Lukas 56 6 6 10 $336,541 11% 22 39%
8 David R. Vance 22 6 3 1 $137,602 27% 10 45%
8 J. R. Caldwell 21 6 3 6 $91,084 29% 15 71%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Ricardo   Santana, Jr. 146 27 24 12 $1,202,368 18% 63 43%
2 Norberto   Arroyo, Jr. 137 25 20 17 $774,538 18% 62 45%
3 David   Mello 106 20 13 12 $465,051 19% 45 42%
4 Terry J. Thompson 109 14 10 13 $471,354 13% 37 34%
5 Ramon A. Vazquez 82 13 12 14 $376,374 16% 39 48%
6 Channing   Hill 79 11 8 9 $515,234 14% 28 35%
6 Luis S. Quinonez 96 11 11 13 $416,695 11% 35 36%
6 Alex   Birzer 127 11 15 12 $400,931 9% 38 30%
9 Alex   Canchari 85 10 12 12 $353,575 12% 34 40%
9 Ken S. Tohill 71 10 12 9 $323,045 14% 31 44%
9 Jareth   Loveberry 74 10 9 9 $210,610 14% 28 38%

Owner Standings

Rank Owner Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Danny R. Caldwell 48 15 11 7 $308,906 31% 33 69%
2 Maggi   Moss 27 10 3 3 $195,567 37% 16 59%
3 Steve   Landers 42 9 7 7 $151,779 21% 23 55%
4     Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc. 36 7 6 3 $171,012 19% 16 44%
5 William   Stiritz 31 5 2 0 $171,071 16% 7 23%
5     Zayat Stables, LLC 15 5 1 2 $161,773 33% 8 53%
5     Ulwelling, Al and Bill 19 5 2 1 $115,852 26% 8 42%
8 John C. Oxley 23 4 2 4 $214,309 17% 10 43%
8     Driver, James L. and Ywachetta H. 13 4 5 1 $198,137 31% 10 77%
8     Dream Walkin Farms, Inc. 23 4 3 2 $97,666 17% 9 39%

Preview to Next Week

– Saturday: The Honeybee Stakes (Grade 3) – 3 Year Old Fillies – 1 1/16th Miles – Purse: $150,000

– Saturday: The Hot Springs Stakes – 4 Year Olds and Upward – Six Furlongs – Purse: $100,000

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