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Oaklawn Report #4

Donoharm Wins the Essex Handicap

Donoharm Wins the Essex Handicap

3 Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Donoharm (KY) – Five in a row!  Two for two at Oaklawn!  Donoharm is on quite a roll, and yet he’s still not getting much respect as he easily won the Essex Handicap on Saturday at odds of 7-1.  He defeated Win Willy, Skyring, and Master Rick for the second straight time while also beating the powerful newcomer San Pablo by a length.  The colt is undefeated since being gelded, and is getting better with each race.  There is no question that he is now the top older male on the grounds that has run so far, but he will have to pass one more test next time out if he chooses to run in the Razorback Handicap where Oaklawn king Alternation is scheduled to return.  Judging by his current form, fans could be in for quite a treat when those two hook up.

– 2nd Star: Big Lute (MD) – There aren’t many debuts as spectacular as this one was!  Big Lute has all the Oaklawn local pundits buzzing, myself included.  He won Friday’s ninth race, a Maiden Special Weight at six furlongs, by an easy five lengths without ever being asked to run.  The time of 1:10.43 was one of the fastest ones of the meet thus far.  Where he is spotted next is really going to be interesting to see.  With a performance like that I’m sure its tempting for trainer Steve Hobby to put this horse in the Kentucky Derby mix.  Pedigree wise longer distances might be tricky, but he’s certainly earned the right to give it a shot.  No matter what happens, its obvious that this horse could be a special one.

– 3rd Star: Hung the Moon (KY) – If you read our Oaklawn 3 Year Old Filly preview you knew that our very own “Oaklawn Wizard” was high on this horse, and boy was he right!  Hung the Moon fell just short of breaking her maiden first time out at six furlongs, but on Sunday she returned to win by an easy length and a half going one mile.  Much like Big Lute, this horse looks like she could be something special.  She toyed with her competition down the stretch, and added distance should be something she will enjoy.  She lacks early speed, but her turn of foot kind of reminds you of another pretty good horse trainer Donnie K Von Hemel had…Caleb’s Posse!  Although she’s not close to that level yet, she could progress into something great down the road.  Look for her to run in the Honeybee Stakes next time out, as she will likely be on the road to the Kentucky Oaks.

Flop of the Week

Uncle Brent (KY) – There weren’t many candidates for this position this week, but Uncle Brent certainly disappointed in an allowance race on Thursday.  Oaklawn is the track that Uncle Brent has done most of his damage, and at the top of the stretch it looked as though he might be ready to do it again.  Then within seconds he faded badly, finishing almost fourteen lengths behind the winner.  A class drop or shorter distance is likely for his next start I’d say.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Cody Autrey 29 8 3 2 $151,789 28% 13 45%
2 Chris Richard 19 7 3 2 $171,970 37% 12 63%
3 D. Wayne Lukas 34 5 3 4 $290,404 15% 12 35%
3 Donnie K. Von Hemel 25 5 4 5 $218,855 20% 14 56%
3 McLean Robertson 18 5 2 4 $124,260 28% 11 61%
3 Ron Moquett 45 5 4 5 $118,797 11% 14 31%
3 Allen Milligan 47 5 6 6 $108,911 11% 17 36%
8 Philip A. Sims 13 4 2 1 $165,325 31% 7 54%
8 Steve Hobby 17 4 2 2 $140,454 24% 8 47%
8 Randy L. Morse 27 4 4 4 $114,648 15% 12 44%
8 Chris A. Hartman 20 4 5 2 $113,564 20% 11 55%
8 Jamie Ness 13 4 4 1 $64,443 31% 9 69%
13 Kenny P. Smith 25 3 3 4 $90,909 12% 10 40%
13 Joseph R. Martin 22 3 1 3 $63,004 14% 7 32%
13 Richard D. Jackson 9 3 0 0 $30,917 33% 3 33%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Robby Albarado 72 15 9 6 $407,503 21% 30 42%
2 Terry J. Thompson 72 9 10 6 $287,135 13% 25 35%
3 M. Clifton Berry 44 8 5 4 $289,900 18% 17 39%
3 Alex Birzer 68 8 13 6 $266,291 12% 27 40%
3 Ricardo Santana, Jr. 44 8 3 9 $145,414 18% 20 45%
6 Luis S. Quinonez 44 7 9 8 $275,331 16% 24 55%
7 Eddie Martin, Jr. 41 6 5 7 $154,050 15% 18 44%
7 Alex Canchari 47 6 6 4 $123,915 13% 16 34%
9 Jon Kenton Court 47 5 4 6 $269,379 11% 15 32%
9 Victor Lebron 43 5 9 5 $229,574 12% 19 44%
11 Alex Cintron 33 4 5 4 $131,960 12% 13 39%
11 Israel Ocampo 40 4 1 8 $111,360 10% 13 33%
11 Glenn W. Corbett 24 4 2 3 $99,339 17% 9 38%
11 Malcolm Franklin 28 4 1 3 $80,303 14% 8 29%
11 John McKee 24 4 1 6 $67,295 17% 11 46%

Preview to Next Week

– Saturday: The Martha Washington – 3 Year Old Fillies – 1 Mile – Purse: $75,000

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