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Oaklawn Report #9

Three Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Work All Week (IL) – All this guy does is win races!  Saturday’s Hot Springs Stakes was his first Stakes race outside of Illinois bred company, but that didn’t matter as he scored a decisive win over a fast closing Alsvid and Apprehender.  The win makes this horse an incredible nine for eleven lifetime, and a winner of six straight races.  Now that he’s passed this latest test, you’d have to think graded stakes company could be next in the Count Fleet Handicap at Oaklawn during the Racing Festival of the South.

– 2nd Star: Euphrosyne (KY) – It was a wild running of the Honeybee Stakes this Saturday, and in the end it was Euphrosyne who got the money via a disqualification of Sugar Shock.  Sugar Shock looked like she was going to be the winner deep into the stretch, but then took a severe right turn and nearly ran over Euphrosyne, which made for a clear decision for the stewards.  It was one of the more curious stretch runs in race history, and could set up for an interesting rematch later on down the road.  However for now, Euphrosyne sits atop the leader board of Oaklawn three-year old fillies.

– 3rd Star: Carve (KY) – What a comeback race for Carve!  The hard knocking honest horse had a nice 2013 running well in several graded stakes races, but Sunday’s allowance win at Oaklawn may have been his best race yet.  It’s clear the horse has improved since last uear, and you have to wonder if a race like this one could spring-board him into the Oaklawn Handicap next time out.  The waters would obviously be deeper in that one, but after his last race it’s clear that he could be ready for the challenge.

Flop of the Week

Taris (KY) – The Maryland shipper came in hyped, and surprisingly the tote board hinted that she was more highly thought of than Florida shipper Please Explain.  Neither of the shippers were able to get the job done in the Honeybee, but Taris was by far the lesser of the two.  After seemingly having a perfect trip up front, Taris faded badly and finished sixth. Maybe the class jump was too high, or perhaps she didn’t handle the track.  Either way, it was a big disappointment for a highly thought of horse.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Steven M. Asmussen 75 18 17 5 $904,259 24% 40 53%
1 Chris   Richard 55 18 4 6 $456,308 33% 28 51%
1 Federico   Villafranco 54 18 12 7 $348,153 33% 37 69%
4 Cody   Autrey 78 17 16 11 $476,851 22% 44 56%
5 Chris A. Hartman 54 13 10 5 $389,600 24% 28 52%
6 Brad H. Cox 41 9 5 7 $305,129 22% 21 51%
7 Ron   Moquett 65 8 8 5 $360,729 12% 21 32%
8 D. Wayne Lukas 64 7 6 10 $366,557 11% 23 36%
9 Mark E. Casse 42 6 4 7 $328,548 14% 17 40%
9 Randy L. Morse 48 6 8 3 $236,269 13% 17 35%
9 Roger A. Brueggemann 35 6 7 4 $212,813 17% 17 49%
9 David R. Vance 23 6 3 1 $145,102 26% 10 43%
9 Michael E. Biehler 23 6 3 2 $141,262 26% 11 48%
9 Joseph R. Martin 50 6 6 9 $135,697 12% 21 42%
9 J. R. Caldwell 27 6 4 6 $96,517 22% 16 59%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Ricardo   Santana, Jr. 167 33 31 12 $1,493,095 20% 76 46%
2 Norberto   Arroyo, Jr. 163 28 25 22 $907,067 17% 75 46%
3 David   Mello 123 23 15 17 $539,475 19% 55 45%
4 Terry J. Thompson 124 15 11 15 $532,518 12% 41 33%
4 Ramon A. Vazquez 96 15 14 16 $419,302 16% 45 47%
6 Alex   Birzer 147 13 18 12 $492,490 9% 43 29%
6 Luis S. Quinonez 106 13 11 13 $462,483 12% 37 35%
8 Channing   Hill 88 12 9 10 $581,464 14% 31 35%
8 Ken S. Tohill 82 12 15 9 $419,523 15% 36 44%
10 Jon Kenton Court 96 11 10 12 $341,772 11% 33 34%

Owner Standings

Rank Owner Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Danny R. Caldwell 52 17 12 7 $337,293 33% 36 69%
2 Maggi   Moss 31 11 3 4 $215,855 35% 18 58%
3 Steve   Landers 49 10 9 8 $174,739 20% 27 55%
4     Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc. 40 8 7 3 $239,935 20% 18 45%
5     Ulwelling, Al and Bill 21 6 2 1 $135,662 29% 9 43%
6     Driver, James L. and Ywachetta H. 15 5 5 2 $238,737 33% 12 80%
6 William   Stiritz 38 5 3 1 $191,568 13% 9 24%
6     Zayat Stables, LLC 19 5 1 2 $168,488 26% 8 42%
6 Craig   Drago 13 5 0 3 $158,205 38% 8 62%
10 John C. Oxley 24 4 2 4 $216,169 17% 10 42%
10     Poindexter Thoroughbreds LLC 18 4 3 2 $106,690 22% 9 50%
10     Dream Walkin Farms, Inc. 24 4 3 2 $99,016 17% 9 38%
10     Martin Brothers, Inc. 21 4 2 2 $62,147 19% 8 38%
10     N P H Stable 10 4 1 2 $54,507 40% 7 70%

Preview to Next Week

– Saturday: The Rebel Stakes (Grade 2) – 3 Year Olds – 1 1/16th miles – Purse: $600,000

– Saturday: The Razorback Handicap (Grade 3) – 4 Year Old Males and Upward – 1 1/16th miles – Purse: $200,000

– Saturday: The Azeri Handicap (Grade 3) – 4 Year Old Fillies and Mares and Upward – 1 1/16th miles – Purse: $200,000

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