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Oaklawn Report #13

The Racing Festival of the South is now upon us!  Racingdudes.com will be your one stop website for this special week at Oaklawn.  We have a special guest handicapper, the “Oaklawn Wizard” that will give you in-depth analysis of every race.  You can find his info under the “Oaklawn Wizard” tab.  Our free picks will be in their normal spot as well.  Also we will have a new Racing Festival article posted everyday.

3 Stars of the Week:

-1st Star –Good Deed (KY) – Good Deed came into the Prima Donna Stakes as the second choice, but clearly she should have been the first choice.  She grabbed the lead very early in the race, and totally dominated her competition winning by almost five lengths.  The win moves Good Deed’s record to four wins and six starts, and sets her up very well for a successful sprinting campaign, most likely at Churchill Downs.  She was beaten badly when stepping up to Graded competition however, so it remains to be seen how classy she can be.

-2nd Star – Laurie’s Rocket (KY)Also the second choice, Laurie’s Rocket proved he should have been the favorite as well.  The highly thought of Apprehender set a solid pace, and Laurie’s Rocket was able to take advantage and fly past him with ease.  The winning margin was only a length, but that doesn’t show how dominant Laurie’s Rocket actually was in the race.  Trainer Dallas Stewart had taken a few shots with this horse running him in the Smarty Jones and Southwest Stakes, but it’s clear that six furlongs in this horses best distance.

-3rd Star – It Happened Again (KY)Last year It Happened Again was awesome at Oaklawn, winning three of four races, with his only loss coming in the Oaklawn Handicap.  This year he had struggled badly in three races, and looked as though his Oaklawn form was not going to come around.  Saturday he turned those thoughts around with an incredible performance in an allowance race.  After breaking badly, It Happened Again was last for much of the race, and looked as though he may once again be defeated.  But, once they came into the stretch he was full of run, and made a mockery of the field winning by six lengths.  He’ll head to Prairie Meadows next, where he should be very formidable in their older male division.

Biggest Flop of the Week:

Kate’s Main Man (IA)Since winning the Essex Stakes at Oaklawn last year, Kate’s Main Man has struggled to find his form.  Saturday’s allowance race was another step in the wrong direction.  Kate’s Main Man set the pace, but faded badly to finish seventh, well beaten by winner It Happened Again.  He’ll now most likely head to Prairie Meadows in Iowa now, where he will face state bred competition.  Maybe the drop in class will help him.

Trainer Standings:

Rank Trainer Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Allen Milligan 162 28 16 21 $600,544 17% 65 40%
2 Steven M. Asmussen 131 26 24 12 $718,518 20% 62 47%
3 Steve Hobby 77 20 13 9 $740,620 26% 42 55%
3 Brad H. Cox 77 20 17 12 $359,207 26% 49 64%
5 Jamie Ness 61 18 14 7 $307,806 30% 39 64%
6 Joseph R. Martin 92 17 14 20 $438,584 18% 51 55%
7 Chris Richard 60 16 4 9 $355,685 27% 29 48%
8 W. Bret Calhoun 68 13 8 9 $358,923 19% 30 44%
9 Donnie K. Von Hemel 75 11 12 5 $481,305 15% 28 37%
9 Ron Moquett 111 11 24 10 $387,224 10% 45 41%
9 Stanley W. Roberts 99 11 14 10 $305,163 11% 35 35%
9 Cody Autrey 60 11 5 12 $185,208 18% 28 47%
13 McLean Robertson 78 10 8 5 $307,825 13% 23 29%
13 Ingrid Mason 56 10 9 9 $221,790 18% 28 50%
15 Randy L. Morse 101 9 13 18 $310,940 9% 40 40%
15 Kenny P. Smith 90 9 15 8 $245,750 10% 32 36%
15 J. R. Caldwell 90 9 15 6 $192,879 10% 30 33%
15 Timothy E. Martin 95 9 6 13 $188,750 9% 28 29%
15 Richard D. Jackson 67 9 5 10 $182,210 13% 24 36%

Owner Standings:

Rank Jockey Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Win% Top3 Top3%
1 M. Clifton Berry 232 47 36 22 $1,164,135 20% 105 45%
2 Terry J. Thompson 255 45 27 32 $1,206,896 18% 104 41%
3 Alex
Birzer
221 36 35 23 $804,237 16% 94 43%
4 Luis S. Quinonez 198 32 32 23 $1,097,643 16% 87 44%
5 Israel Ocampo 169 24 22 23 $638,475 14% 69 41%
6 Jon Kenton Court 177 23 23 18 $912,705 13% 64 36%
7 Lindey Wade 186 21 15 28 $584,640 11% 64 34%
8 Alex Cintron 188 20 22 34 $533,820 11% 76 40%
8 Roberto Morales 171 20 10 16 $358,153 12% 46 27%
10 Ramon A. Vazquez 172 19 22 22 $511,187 11% 63 37%
11 Carlos H. Marquez, Jr. 97 16 16 11 $471,604 16% 43 44%
11 David Mello 173 16 17 17 $387,338 9% 50 29%
13 Calvin H. Borel 97 14 16 12 $485,164 14% 42 43%
13 Alex Canchari 168 14 13 20 $294,158 8% 47 28%
13 Ricardo Santana, Jr. 123 14 16 10 $289,398 11% 40 33%
16 Shane Laviolette 139 13 16 11 $358,460 9% 40 29%

Preview to Next Week:

Wed., April 11  Fantasy (Gr. 2)  3-YO, Fillies 1 1/16-Miles $300,000

Thurs., April 12  Carousel  4-YO & Up, F&M 6 Furlongs ♠$75,000

Thurs., April 12  Redbud Stakes  4-YO & up, F & M, 1 1/16-Miles $100,000

Fri., April 13  Instant Racing  3-YO, Fillies 1 Mile $100,000

Fri., April 13  Apple Blossom Handicap (Gr. 1)  4-YO & Up, F&M 1 1/16-Miles  $500,000

Sat., April 14  Northern Spur  3-YO 1 Mile  $100,000

Sat., April 14  Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (Gr. 3)  4-YO & Up 6 Furlongs  $200,000

Sat., April 14  Oaklawn Handicap (Gr. 2)  4-YO & Up 1 1/8-Miles $350,000

Sat., April 14  Arkansas Derby (Gr. 1)  3-YO 1 1/8-Miles $1,000,000

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