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Oaklawn Report #13

Officer Alex Wins the Bachelor Stakes

Officer Alex Wins the Bachelor Stakes

Three Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Officer Alex (PA) – After experimenting down the Triple Crown Trail around two turns, Officer Alex has found his home sprinting.  He’s now one two races in a row at six furlongs, including this Saturday’s Bachelor Stakes in thrilling fashion.  He sat in fifth for most of the race, and was able to just get up in time to nip the very pesky Bobcat Jim at the wire by a nose.  Considering the depth of the field, the win was very impressive, and will most likely spring-board him into graded stakes action next time out.

– 2nd Star: Bashaar (KY) – It’s the time of year where three-year olds really develop, and nobody is coming on quicker than Bashaar!  After three lack luster efforts to start his career, Bashaar has now one two in row in powerful fashion.  His Maiden Special Weight win came on Rebel day, and Thursday he won a first level allowance by an eye-popping 13 lengths while never really asked to do much running.  I’m sure his connections are wishing the Arkansas Derby was a week later than it is so he could run in it.  Look for this horse to be seeking stakes company next, and it’s probably not out of the question that his name could pop up in a race like the Preakness or Belmont Stakes.

– 3rd Star: Devil and a Half (AR) – It was the last Arkansas Bred race of the season on Sunday, and Devil and a Half made it count as he smoked the field by six lengths in the Arkansas Breeders Stakes.  The win was his first since winning the same race last year, and his six win overall out of twenty-four starts.  The horse has struggled outside of Arkansas Bred company, and is six years old, so the future in unclear for him at this point.  Nevertheless, you’d have to call this another successful meet for Devil and a Half.

Flop of the Week

Tour Guide (KY) – The recent Calumet Farm purchase went to post as the favorite in the Bachelor Stakes, but ran very poorly and faded to last.  All reports by D Wayne Lukas were positive headed into the race, so it was a surprising result that he was non-competitive.  It will be interesting to see where he pops up next, or if he has some kind of injury.  He certainly better than what he showed us Saturday.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 McLean Robertson 104 28 11 24 $765,417 27% 63 61%
2 Steven M. Asmussen 128 26 23 20 $935,201 20% 69 54%
3 Chris Richard 77 22 12 7 $453,610 29% 41 53%
4 Kenny P. Smith 95 16 17 11 $479,672 17% 44 46%
5 Donnie K. Von Hemel 97 15 14 13 $609,233 15% 42 43%
5 Chris A. Hartman 70 15 17 9 $403,352 21% 41 59%
5 Ron Moquett 122 15 13 17 $400,296 12% 45 37%
5 Cody Autrey 76 15 9 10 $331,386 20% 34 45%
9 Steve Hobby 67 13 9 9 $450,793 19% 31 46%
9 Jamie Ness 39 13 7 3 $209,566 33% 23 59%
11 Joseph R. Martin 113 12 16 11 $315,528 11% 39 35%
11 Allen Milligan 177 12 14 13 $281,883 7% 39 22%
13 Brad H. Cox 38 11 2 8 $165,917 29% 21 55%
14 D. Wayne Lukas 69 10 9 9 $988,813 14% 28 41%
14 Randy L. Morse 82 10 9 15 $287,017 12% 34 41%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Ricardo Santana, Jr. 249 58 32 46 $1,426,486 23% 136 55%
2 Robby Albarado 218 42 28 27 $1,327,577 19% 97 44%
3 Alex Birzer 250 38 28 29 $1,075,908 15% 95 38%
4 Luis S. Quinonez 206 32 24 23 $983,212 16% 79 38%
5 M. Clifton Berry 223 28 38 28 $932,541 13% 94 42%
6 Terry J. Thompson 210 27 24 25 $765,494 13% 76 36%
7 Victor Lebron 156 22 22 20 $768,701 14% 64 41%
8 Jon Kenton Court 159 17 17 24 $1,057,325 11% 58 36%
9 David Mello 172 16 29 10 $393,500 9% 55 32%
10 Eddie Martin, Jr. 156 15 21 30 $489,605 10% 66 42%
10 Israel Ocampo 150 15 9 18 $356,753 10% 42 28%
12 Malcolm Franklin 146 13 15 9 $350,171 9% 37 25%
13 Rosemary B. Homeister, Jr. 108 12 11 11 $360,172 11% 34 31%
14 Alex Canchari 173 11 21 20 $338,597 6% 52 30%
14 Glenn W. Corbett 121 11 12 8 $294,191 9% 31 26%

Preview to Next Week

– Wednesday: Fantasy Stakes (Grade 3) 3-Year Old Fillies, 1 1/16-Miles Purse: $400,000

– Thursday: Carousel Stakes 4-Year Old & Up Fillies and Mares, 6 Furlongs, Purse: $100,000

– Friday: Instant Racing Stakes 3-Year Old Fillies, 6 furlongs, Purse: $75,000

– Friday: Apple Blossom Handicap (Grade 1) 4-Year Old & Up Fillies & Mares, 1 1/16-Miles, Purse: $500,000

– Saturday: Northern Spur Stakes 3-Year Olds, 1 Mile, Purse: $100,000

– Saturday: Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (Grade 3) 4-Year Olds & Up, 6 Furlongs, Purse: $250,000

– Saturday: Oaklawn Handicap (Grade 2) 4-Year Olds & Up, 1 1/8-Miles, Purse: $500,000

– Saturday: Arkansas Derby (Grade 1) 3-Year Olds, 1 1/8-Miles, Purse: $1,000,000

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