Horse Watch

Oaklawn Report #11

3 Stars of the Week:

-1st Star – City Sage (FL)When the opening fraction of 21.65 came up on the board in last Saturday’s Hot Springs Stakes, I figured front-runners City Sage and Silver Magnus were surely to be cooked up front.  Silver Magnus faded, but City Sage did not as he put his fellow rivals away, and then held off a furious charge from Our Dark Knight.  It was an utlra impressive performance for City Sage, and one that has to have trainer Kelly Von Hemel smiling about the possibility of running in the Grade 3 Count Fleet as well as some of the sprint races at Prairie Meadows this spring/summer.

-2nd Star – Outta Tune (KY)As impressive as City Stage was, Outta Tune ran six furlongs on Sunday almost a full second faster than City Sage did.  The final time was also the fastest six furlongs of the Oaklawn meet.  This seven-year old gelding has now put in back to back performances that have been impressive.  This race might have trainer Chris Richard thinking about the Grade 3 Count Fleet too.  One thing to look forward is the fact that both City Sage and Outta Tune are more than likely heading to Prairie Meadows, so if they don’t meet in the Count Fleet, you can still expect them to meet in Iowa.

-3rd Star – Dust and Diamonds (KY) – After two and a half months off, Dust and Diamonds came back sharp on Saturday as she put away the field in a $35,000 Allowance Optional Claimer.  She lead wire to wire, and was never really challenged.  The win might have trainer Steve Asmussen thinking stakes company for her next time out.  She clearly is classy enough to give it a shot.

Biggest Flop of the Week:

Riley Tucker (KY)In his last race Riley Tucker put in a huge effort in the King Cotton Stakes, but he just could not duplicate that performance last Saturday in the Hot Springs.  He finished an even fourth, and was never able to threaten.  It looked as though he didn’t care for the rail much, and at the age of seven his last race may have taken a little out of him.  I wouldn’t write him off completely, but they might think about finding him a softer spot for his next race.

Trainer Standings:

Rank Trainer Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Allen Milligan 133 23 11 16 $465,574 17% 50 38%
2 Steven M. Asmussen 100 22 19 10 $602,493 22% 51 51%
3 Brad H. Cox 70 19 16 10 $334,797 27% 45 64%
4 Joseph R. Martin 73 16 11 15 $381,307 22% 42 58%
4 Jamie Ness 50 16 12 5 $262,493 32% 33 66%
6 Steve Hobby 65 15 9 9 $573,609 23% 33 51%
7 Chris Richard 49 13 4 8 $263,654 27% 25 51%
8 W. Bret Calhoun 57 11 5 9 $296,911 19% 25 44%
9 Donnie K. Von Hemel 66 10 11 5 $439,729 15% 26 39%
9 Ron Moquett 98 10 23 8 $356,037 10% 41 42%
9 McLean Robertson 67 10 8 4 $300,180 15% 22 33%
12 Cody Autrey 50 9 5 9 $139,828 18% 23 46%
13 Ingrid Mason 44 8 8 8 $179,585 18% 24 55%
13 Timothy E. Martin 81 8 4 12 $152,219 10% 24 30%
13 Richard D. Jackson 56 8 4 7 $148,945 14% 19 34%

Jockey Standings:

Rank Jockey Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Win% Top3 Top3%
1 M. Clifton Berry 187 42 29 20 $1,017,259 22% 91 49%
2 Terry J. Thompson 225 40 26 27 $1,042,673 18% 93 41%
3 Alex Birzer 183 30 28 21 $618,033 16% 79 43%
4 Luis S. Quinonez 162 27 27 18 $960,779 17% 72 44%
5 Israel Ocampo 148 23 19 20 $594,942 16% 62 42%
6 Lindey Wade 160 19 14 24 $492,902 12% 57 36%
6 Alex Cintron 158 19 17 29 $446,569 12% 65 41%
8 Roberto Morales 147 18 10 12 $320,530 12% 40 27%
9 Ramon A. Vazquez 136 17 16 16 $431,320 13% 49 36%
10 Jon Kenton Court 136 15 18 14 $658,867 11% 47 35%
11 David Mello 153 14 16 13 $342,217 9% 43 28%
12 Carlos H. Marquez, Jr. 88 13 16 10 $382,748 15% 39 44%
13 Ricardo Santana, Jr. 118 12 17 8 $262,232 10% 37 31%
14 Channing Hill 90 11 8 12 $404,977 12% 31 34%
14 Joe M. Johnson 89 11 11 13 $319,221 12% 35 39%
14 Martin Escobar 93 11 8 6 $180,332 12% 25 27%

Preview to Next Week:

The Rainbow.  3-year-old Arkansas Breds. 6 Furlongs. Purse $50,000.

The Rainbow Miss.  3-year-old Arkansas Bred Fillies. 6 Furlongs. Purse $50,000.

The Arkansas Breeders’-Open Division.  3 Year Old Arkansas Breds and Up.  1 and 1/16th mile. Purse $50,000.

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