Horse Watch

Oaklawn Report #10

3 Stars of the Week:

-1st Star – Secret Circle (KY)The worries about this horse getting the Kentucky Derby distance are still legit, but you cannot question this horses heart and talent.  For the second straight race Secret Circle had to dig deep in the stretch to fight off a pesky Scatman, and then had to hold off a late charge from Optimizer.  It’s clearly obvious that if this horse sees a horse in front of him, he’ll do everything in his power to get passed him.  His win in the rebel makes him five for six for his career, with his only loss being to Out Of Bounds by a neck at Santa Anita early in the year.  Trainer Bob Baffert has already said Secret Circle is likely to come back for the Arkansas Derby so it looks like we will have the possibility of an “Oaklawn Crown” this year.

-2nd Star –  Tiz Miz Sue (KY)  – After trying eight times to get a win at Oaklawn, the ninth time was a charm from Tiz Miz Sue, as she was dominate in winning the Grade 3 Azeri Stakes this Saturday.  She sat a length off the front-runners for most of the race, then exploded down the lane to win by three lengths.  Tiz Miz Sue received a 102 beyer number for her effort, which was the exact beyer that Havre De Grace ran in her come back race this weekend.  From here you would think the Apple Blossom is the obvious choice for Tiz Miz Sue, and it could be the next start for Havre De Grace as well.

-3rd Star – Optimizer (KY)Welcome back to the triple crown hunt D Wayne Lukas!  Optimizer was completely written off by almost everyone, but within a few strides late Saturday afternoon he became a player in the Kentucky Derby picture.  Lukas has always said Optimizer can run all day, and he sure looked like he could judging by the way he ran in The Rebel.  Optimizer was just hitting his best stride very late in the race, and passed several rivals within seconds, but fell short by a head to Secret Circle.  If you watch the gallop out after the race, Optimizer is well clear of the others just a few short steps after the wire.  One issue that has me a little concerned is the fact he did not change his leads.  That is something that will have to be corrected for him to move forward.

Flop of the Week:

Absinthe Minded (KY)While Optimizer brought joy to the Lukas barn, Absinthe Minded was a huge disappointment.  Her form at Oaklawn had been flawless, but in the Azeri she pressed the pace and came up empty in the stretch finishing a fading fourth.  It was a giant step backwards for her.  Hopefully it was just a bounce off a big performance, and she’ll come back running in the Apple Blossom.

Dudes View of the Rebel:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7-scZGzzDA&feature=player_detailpage]

Trainer Standings:

Rank Trainer Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Steven M. Asmussen 86 20 17 9 $529,380 23% 46 53%
1 Allen Milligan 121 20 9 15 $400,738 17% 44 36%
3 Brad H. Cox 65 18 15 10 $312,608 28% 43 66%
4 Steve Hobby 59 15 9 7 $560,923 25% 31 53%
5 Joseph R. Martin 63 14 9 13 $345,063 22% 36 57%
6 Jamie Ness 46 13 12 5 $200,336 28% 30 65%
7 W. Bret Calhoun 52 11 4 9 $290,132 21% 24 46%
7 Chris Richard 41 11 3 7 $210,124 27% 21 51%
9 Ron Moquett 85 10 19 4 $302,940 12% 33 39%
9 McLean Robertson 60 10 6 4 $274,491 17% 20 33%
11 Donnie K. Von Hemel 64 9 11 5 $408,267 14% 25 39%
11 Cody Autrey 48 9 5 8 $136,518 19% 22 46%
13 Ingrid Mason 41 8 7 7 $169,435 20% 22 54%
13 Richard D. Jackson 49 8 4 7 $147,095 16% 19 39%
15 D. Wayne Lukas 84 7 7 10 $440,242 8% 24 29%

Jockey Standings:

Rank Jockey Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Win% Top3 Top3%
1 M. Clifton Berry 167 38 25 18 $908,237 23% 81 49%
2 Terry J. Thompson 206 37 21 25 $946,145 18% 83 40%
3 Luis S. Quinonez 148 25 25 16 $891,213 17% 66 45%
3 Alex Birzer 164 25 27 19 $522,800 15% 71 43%
5 Israel Ocampo 135 20 17 18 $522,038 15% 55 41%
6 Lindey Wade 141 17 13 20 $423,595 12% 50 35%
6 Ramon A. Vazquez 118 17 14 14 $411,141 14% 45 38%
6 Alex Cintron 141 17 16 24 $390,992 12% 57 40%
6 Roberto Morales 139 17 9 12 $303,221 12% 38 27%
10 Jon Kenton Court 124 14 18 14 $637,078 11% 46 37%
10 David Mello 135 14 13 13 $324,794 10% 40 30%
12 Carlos H. Marquez, Jr. 85 12 16 10 $368,943 14% 38 45%
13 Channing Hill 89 11 8 12 $404,637 12% 31 35%
13 Joe M. Johnson 77 11 8 11 $299,732 14% 30 39%
13 Martin Escobar 85 11 6 6 $171,164 13% 23 27%

Preview of Next Week:

– The Hot Spring Stakes: For Four Year Olds and upward.  6 furlongs. Purse $75,000.

– The Arkansas Breeders – Female Division: For Fillies and Mares Three Year Olds and upward.  1 and 1/16th Mile.  Purse $50,000

To Top