Track Reports

Oaklawn Report #9

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Three Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: American Pharoah (KY) – The Rebel Stakes was undoubtedly a weak race this year, but the 30,000 people who braved the rain to attend the races on Saturday may have watched the next Kentucky Derby winner.  American Pharoah, the 2014 2 year old colt of the year, was ultra impressive in his 3 year old debut winning the Rebel by 8 lengths and running a beyer speed figure of 100.  The scary part about those impressive numbers is the horse was barely asked to do much running…he basically galloped a triple digit beyer!  The races are certainly going to get tougher from here on out, but the brilliance this horse has displayed is something for all of racing to be excited about.

– 2nd Star: Gold Medal Dancer (KY) – The Azeri Stakes was supposed to be a total walk over for the 2014 Breeders Cup Distaff and Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable, but Gold Medal Dancer had other ideas.  After setting reasonable fractions on the front end, Gold Medal Dancer and Untapable were head and head in the stretch, but it was Gold Medal Dancer who surprising put away the champ as Untapable could not match strides and had to settle for second.  Untapable is likely to improve off of this performance, but you can’t take away the great race Gold Medal Dancer ran and the great job Donnie K Von Hemel did to get this horse to win at this level.

– 3rd Star: Race Day (KY) – It’s hard to beat Pletcher in the Razorback Handicap!  For the second year in the row he sent a shipper into Oaklawn, and for the second year in the row he picked up a victory.  This time it was Race Day who got the job done, over an extremely tough Midnight Hawk who battled him all the way to the wire.  Those two were well clear of the others in the race, as several of the big horses didn’t fire.  With this type of performance, the Oaklawn Handicap could be next.

Flop of the Week

Tapiture (KY) – It was a bad day all around for trainer Steve Asmussen as his champion Untapable was beaten by Gold Medal Dancer in the Azeri Stakes, and Tapiture was a total non-factor in the Razorback Handicap.  Tapiture could have been bothered by the sloppy track, however he easily captures the spot of flop of the week.  Hopefully he can take a step forward next time out.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Per Start $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Chris A. Hartman 74 15 14 7 $496,315 $NaN 20% 36 49%
1 Federico Villafranco 70 15 7 13 $350,381 $NaN 21% 35 50%
3 Steven M. Asmussen 103 14 17 15 $737,542 $NaN 14% 46 45%
4 Brad H. Cox 59 13 6 5 $450,703 $NaN 22% 24 41%
5 Chris Richard 70 11 7 9 $387,589 $NaN 16% 27 39%
6 Ron Moquett 67 10 7 5 $675,421 $NaN 15% 22 33%
7 Wayne M. Catalano 35 9 6 3 $386,695 $NaN 26% 18 51%
8 Donnie K. Von Hemel 76 8 10 13 $652,780 $NaN 11% 31 41%
8 Randy L. Morse 66 8 6 10 $259,870 $NaN 12% 24 36%
8 William N. Martin 51 8 7 9 $257,166 $NaN 16% 24 47%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Per Start $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Ricardo Santana, Jr. 221 36 30 22 $1,420,810 $NaN 16% 88 40%
2 Ramon A. Vazquez 197 32 20 27 $1,062,653 $NaN 16% 79 40%
3 Shaun Bridgmohan 140 26 26 19 $1,021,418 $NaN 19% 71 51%
4 M. Clifton Berry 134 18 20 16 $645,514 $NaN 13% 54 40%
5 Luis S. Quinonez 120 13 12 20 $790,918 $NaN 11% 45 38%
6 Joseph Rocco, Jr. 117 12 10 13 $490,043 $NaN 10% 35 30%
6 Jareth Loveberry 151 12 18 18 $385,562 $NaN 8% 48 32%
8 Chris Landeros 79 11 10 8 $473,715 $NaN 14% 29 37%
8 Alex Birzer 136 11 13 14 $353,842 $NaN 8% 38 28%
8 Walter De La Cruz 104 11 7 16 $332,316 $NaN 11% 34 33%

Owner Standings

Rank Owner Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Per Start $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Danny R. Caldwell 72 15 8 13 $354,686 $NaN 21% 36 50%
2 Maggi Moss 32 8 3 5 $263,010 $NaN 25% 16 50%
3 West, Gary and Mary 29 6 6 3 $289,035 $NaN 21% 15 52%
4 Lieblong, Alex and JoAnn 23 5 4 1 $234,107 $NaN 22% 10 43%
4 Dream Walkin Farms, Inc. 36 5 5 4 $166,683 $NaN 14% 14 39%
4 Martin Brothers, Inc. 25 5 4 5 $159,835 $NaN 20% 14 56%
4 Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc. 52 5 5 6 $155,746 $NaN 10% 16 31%
4 William Stiritz 38 5 3 3 $148,921 $NaN 13% 11 29%

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