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Oaklawn Report #3

Apprehender Wins the King Cotton

Apprehender Wins the King Cotton

3 Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Apprehender (KY) – On Saturday when winning the King Cotton, Apprehender was able to get three monkey’s off his back all at once.  First, he got his first stakes win.  Second, he avenged an earlier loss to Laurie’s Rocket, who soared by him as the favorite at Oaklawn in an ungraded stakes last year.  Third, and perhaps most importantly, he was finally able to beat Alsvid in his third attempt to do so.  With Alsvid and Apprehender likely to be pointed towards similar races throughout the year, you can bet these two are going to square off one again.  Taking the blinkers off this horse has really helped him relax, and I look for him to continue to make a strong impact in the Oaklawn sprint division.  I would assume the Grade 3 Count Fleet is his end of the meet goal.

– 2nd Star: Alsvid (KY) – He may have lost to Apprehender this time out, but Alsvid still ran a super race.  The rail draw didn’t do him any favors, as the 4-year-old son of Officer was boxed in through much of the race.  It looked as though he wasn’t able to hit his best stride until the late stages.  That factor coupled with a lack of early pace pressure on Apprehender made if tough for Alsvid to run down the winner.  Like I mentioned early, these two will surely meet again as this is a developing rivalry that should be fun to watch.

– 3rd Star: Z Rockstar (OK) – This horse is about as honest as they come when running at Oaklawn and Remington Park.  Z Rockstar had to dig deep with everything he had to win Thursday’s featured allowance race, as he went wire to wire while just holding off Don Dulce at the end.  The win gives Z Rockstar his third straight victory, and also his second straight victory at Oaklawn Park.  Trainer Donnie K Von Hemel has plenty of options for this one’s next race, which will make it interesting to see where he pops up next.

– Honorable Mention: Awesome Mama, I Am Miss Brown, Channel Isle, Laurie’s Rocket

Flop of the Week

Boss Man Rocket (KY) – The $800,000 purchase by Frank Fletcher was bet down to favoritism in Saturdays seventh race, an allowance for three-year olds, but Boss Man R0cket stopped badly at the top of the stretch finishing last.  The three-year old son of War Front was head strong on the lead while setting fairly fast fractions, and looked to never settle in.  Tough to tell what will be next for him, but this was certainly not what you wanted to see from such an expensive horse.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Cody Autrey 21 6 2 2 $125,004 29% 10 48%
2 D. Wayne Lukas 27 5 3 3 $279,137 19% 11 41%
2 Chris Richard 14 5 1 2 $132,520 36% 8 57%
4 Randy L. Morse 19 4 2 1 $93,564 21% 7 37%
4 McLean Robertson 12 4 1 2 $85,682 33% 7 58%
4 Allen Milligan 31 4 6 3 $84,995 13% 13 42%
7 Philip A. Sims 12 3 2 1 $132,325 25% 6 50%
7 Ron Moquett 35 3 2 5 $87,338 9% 10 29%
7 Kenny P. Smith 19 3 1 3 $82,542 16% 7 37%
10 Donnie K. Von Hemel 18 2 4 5 $131,281 11% 11 61%
10 Chris A. Hartman 15 2 4 2 $66,452 13% 8 53%
10 Steve Hobby 12 2 1 2 $63,414 17% 5 42%
10 Albert M. Stall, Jr. 6 2 0 0 $55,973 33% 2 33%
10 Danele Durham 6 2 1 0 $51,745 33% 3 50%
10 Daniel C. Peitz 4 2 0 1 $47,212 50% 3 75%
10 David R. Vance 7 2 1 1 $46,779 29% 4 57%
10 Joseph R. Martin 18 2 1 1 $44,274 11% 4 22%
10 Jamie Ness 9 2 3 1 $34,766 22% 6 67%
10 J. R. Caldwell 15 2 0 2 $33,894 13% 4 27%
10 Bruce L. Riecken 7 2 2 1 $32,448 29% 5 71%
10 John Henry Prather, Jr. 6 2 0 0 $22,473 33% 2 33%
10 Richard D. Jackson 6 2 0 0 $19,362 33% 2 33%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Robby Albarado 54 11 5 5 $296,819 20% 21 39%
2 Alex Birzer 51 6 11 4 $223,415 12% 21 41%
2 Terry J. Thompson 54 6 6 5 $206,976 11% 17 31%
4 Victor Lebron 35 5 6 5 $202,635 14% 16 46%
4 M. Clifton Berry 30 5 5 2 $166,075 17% 12 40%
4 Eddie Martin, Jr. 29 5 2 3 $116,351 17% 10 34%
4 Ricardo Santana, Jr. 36 5 3 8 $114,515 14% 16 44%
8 Jon Kenton Court 32 4 3 5 $220,938 13% 12 38%
8 Luis S. Quinonez 33 4 6 8 $186,009 12% 18 55%
8 Alex Cintron 27 4 3 3 $119,785 15% 10 37%
8 Glenn W. Corbett 19 4 1 1 $86,724 21% 6 32%
12 Rosemary B. Homeister, Jr. 22 3 2 3 $94,862 14% 8 36%
12 Israel Ocampo 30 3 1 6 $90,063 10% 10 33%
12 Alex Canchari 32 3 4 1 $72,069 9% 8 25%

Preview to Next Week

– Saturday: The Essex Stakes – 4 year olds & Up 1 1/16-Miles – Purse: $100,000

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