Horse Watch

Oaklawn Report #6

3 Stars of the Week:

-1st Star – Secret Circle (KY)His performance in the Southwest was about as professional as you can get.  He rated beautifully in second, just behind Scatman, and was able to wear him down late into the stretch for a half-length victory.  He earned a 102 Beyer for the race, and probably ran the best race of his life up to this point.  There are still distance questions with Secret Circle as far as the Kentucky Derby is concerned, but there is no doubting that this is a very good horse.  I think he’ll get a mile and one-sixteenth with no issues.  Any farther is still a question mark for me.  It needs to be mentioned that second place finisher Scatman showed great promise as he almost held off Secret Circle.  He’s one to keep an eye on.  Also, Adirondack King should like it when the distance gets longer.

-2nd Star –  Castaway (KY) – In terms of his performance this week Castaway was a clear second behind Secret Circle, but if you are looking at the Kentucky Derby picture Castaway could have a better chance to get the distance that Secret Circle.  Castaway is sired by Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, and it seemed as though he barely had to exert himself to win this race.  Just add his name to the growing list of Baffert Derby contenders.  I look for this one to get better and better as we move forward.

-3rd Star –  Absinthe Minded (KY) – This five-year old mare will get lost in the shuffle from what was an incredible Monday, but Absinthe Minded’s performance on Saturday was eye-catching.  She was clearly the best when in the Bayakoa Stakes, winning by a widening four lengths over a respectable horse in Tiz Miz Sue.  Absinthe Minded is clearly the best older filly on the grounds right now.  The races will get harder from here on out, but she might be better primed than ever to take on the shippers in the Azeri and Apple Blossom.

Biggest Flop of the Week:

 Unbridled’s Note (KY) – Bet down to 2-1 in the first division of the Southwest Stakes; hopes were high for Unbridled’s Note.  Right from the start, those hopes came crashing down.  Unbridled’s Note broke slowly at the start, and to be blunt,  ran slowly from there on out.  It’s tough to say what they’ll do next with him.  He was obviously not ready for stakes competition, but with this breeding you would think he could still be a decent horse.

Trainer Standings:

Rank Trainer Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Allen Milligan 76 15 6 9 $271,415 20% 30 39%
2 Brad H. Cox 40 12 9 7 $197,426 30% 28 70%
3 Chris Richard 28 9 3 4 $160,083 32% 16 57%
4 Steve Hobby 32 8 7 5 $270,164 25% 20 63%
4 Steven M. Asmussen 42 8 6 7 $205,787 19% 21 50%
4 Cody Autrey 34 8 4 5 $111,796 24% 17 50%
4 Jamie Ness 24 8 4 2 $96,215 33% 14 58%
8 Ron Moquett 53 7 14 1 $194,207 13% 22 42%
9 W. Bret Calhoun 40 6 3 8 $181,860 15% 17 43%
9 Joseph R. Martin 28 6 4 6 $143,037 21% 16 57%
9 Ingrid Mason 24 6 3 5 $101,024 25% 14 58%
9 Richard D. Jackson 25 6 2 3 $98,133 24% 11 44%

Jockey Standings:

Rank Jockey Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Terry J. Thompson 136 27 11 16 $631,525 20% 54 40%
2 M. Clifton Berry 92 20 12 10 $445,477 22% 42 46%
3 Israel Ocampo 80 14 7 12 $354,562 18% 33 41%
4 Luis S. Quinonez 85 13 16 13 $445,189 15% 42 49%
5 Lindey Wade 90 12 10 10 $286,552 13% 32 36%
5 Alex Birzer 90 12 11 10 $218,437 13% 33 37%
7 Alex Cintron 79 11 11 11 $212,081 14% 33 42%
8 Roberto Morales 80 10 5 8 $180,571 13% 23 29%
9 David Mello 76 8 10 6 $167,716 11% 24 32%
9 Joe M. Johnson 44 8 4 8 $160,177 18% 20 45%

Preview to Next Week:

Nodouble Breeders (Arkansas Bred). 3 year olds and up. 6 furlongs. $50,000 Purse

Downthedustyroad Breeders (Arkansas Bred). Fillys and Mares 3 year olds and up. 6 furlongs. $50,000 Purse.

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