Horse Watch

Oaklawn Report #7

3 Stars of the Week:

-1st Star – Comedero (AR)It was Arkansas bred week at Oaklawn, and the best Arkansas bred running in the states made a big return to the races Saturday.  Comedero, who battled off a serious illness earlier in the year, returned Saturday and dominated the Nodouble Breeders Stakes; winning by three and a half easy lengths.  It was the eleventh win of Comedero’s career, including a perfect four for four at Oaklawn.  I doubt he’ll ever lose one at Oaklawn, plus Comedero has proven he can go up against open company and win as well.  It was great to see him back this Saturday considering how dire his situation was at one point.  Hopefully he’ll make one more appearance this year at Oaklawn before facing open company the rest of the season.

-2nd Star – All About Allie (AR)Comedero wasn’t the only horse winning back to back races on Saturday!  All About Allie was victorious in the Downthedustyroad Breeders Stakes for the second time in a row.  Explosive Disco hopped out to a five length lead and at one point looked as though she was going to steal the race, but All About Allie ran her down in the stretch run and eased to a three length victory when they hit the wire.  Much like Comedero, All About Allie is all most unbeatable against Arkansas breds, but can also win against open company as well.  Arkansas is lucky to have these two state bred stars carrying their banner throughout the year.

-3rd Star – Agastache (KY)On paper Thursdays feature, an allowance for older horses going six furlongs, was supposed to be all about Hamazing Destiny, but Agastache obviously didn’t read the Daily Racing Form that morning.  Setting fast early fractions, the old war-horse had every reason to lose, but he wouldn’t let Hamazing Destiny by in the stretch run.  Both horses battled through much of the stretch but in the end it was Agastache who put his nose in front at the wire.  This race was a prep for the Hot Springs Stakes, and with the win Agastache may wind up in that race.

Biggest Flop of the Week:

– Cornpiper (KY)Cornpiper was in the same allowance race as Agastache and Hamazing Destiny, and was coming off a very impressive allowance win in his last race.  Bet down to the 3-1 second choice, much was expected from Cornpiper.  Instead he regressed off that allowance win running a distance sixth, beaten by seven and a half lengths.  It looked like your common bounce for Cornpiper so I wouldn’t be too concerned just yet, although I think the Hot Springs Stakes is unlikely at this point now.

Trainer Standings:

Rank Trainer Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Allen Milligan 85 16 8 12 $297,658 19% 36 42%
2 Brad H. Cox 42 13 9 8 $209,446 31% 30 71%
3 Steven M. Asmussen 53 10 8 8 $243,547 19% 26 49%
3 Chris Richard 30 10 3 4 $176,853 33% 17 57%
5 Ron Moquett 61 9 16 1 $242,451 15% 26 43%
5 Jamie Ness 27 9 4 4 $112,155 33% 17 63%
7 Steve Hobby 36 8 7 6 $278,808 22% 21 58%
7 W. Bret Calhoun 43 8 3 8 $220,864 19% 19 44%
7 McLean Robertson 38 8 4 1 $167,628 21% 13 34%
7 Cody Autrey 38 8 4 6 $114,547 21% 18 47%
11 Donnie K. Von Hemel 48 7 9 4 $250,497 15% 20 42%
11 Joseph R. Martin 40 7 7 7 $181,421 18% 21 53%
11 Ingrid Mason 27 7 4 5 $118,944 26% 16 59%

Jockey Standings:

Rank Jockey Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Terry J. Thompson 154 27 16 20 $682,988 18% 63 41%
1 M. Clifton Berry 114 27 14 13 $599,381 24% 54 47%
3 Luis S. Quinonez 99 15 17 14 $498,471 15% 46 46%
3 Lindey Wade 104 15 12 12 $357,976 14% 39 38%
3 Alex Birzer 108 15 15 13 $277,608 14% 43 40%
6 Israel Ocampo 92 14 9 13 $382,773 15% 36 39%
7 Alex Cintron 96 12 11 16 $260,375 13% 39 41%
8 Ramon A. Vazquez 68 11 11 5 $236,814 16% 27 40%
8 Roberto Morales 96 11 7 9 $204,434 11% 27 28%
10 David Mello 90 10 10 7 $196,499 11% 27 30%
11 Joe M. Johnson 51 9 6 9 $186,770 18% 24 47%
12 Jon Kenton Court 88 8 8 10 $317,283 9% 26 30%
13 Channing Hill 66 7 7 8 $259,675 11% 22 33%
13 Ricardo Santana, Jr. 64 7 11 3 $134,389 11% 21 33%
13 Inosencio Diego 53 7 5 6 $129,260 13% 18 34%
13 Martin Escobar 57 7 5 5 $107,278 12% 17 30%

Preview to Next Week:

Gazebo Stakes. 3 year olds. 6 furlongs. $60,000 Purse

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