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Oaklawn Report #8

Racing Dudes Favorite Alternation Returns in this Weeks Razorback Handicap

Racing Dudes Favorite Alternation Returns in this Weeks Razorback Handicap

Three Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: King Henny (KY) – Saturday confirmed what many of us had assumed about King Henny…he is purely a sprinter, and a good one at that.  He was up against the much hyped Titletown Five and Get Happy Mister, but put them both away with ease as he won by over a length on the wire.  King Henny was able to stalk a moderate pace, and definitely did his best running down the lane.  The win could spring-board King Henny to the Instant Racing Stakes, which will be ran during the Racing Festival of the South on Friday April 12th.

– 2nd Star: Hung the Moon (KY) – This very classy three-year old filly made it two in a row on Friday, as she overcame a bit of a track bias as well as slow fractions to close for last to first to win an entry-level allowance by just over a length.  As the distances get longer, Hung the Moon seems to be getting stronger, which is obviously a good sign of things to come.  The Fantasy Stakes could now be the goal for this improving filly, with a shot at the Kentucky Oaks on the line.  That kind of race will certainly be a jump in class, but Hung the Moon could very well be the best three-year old filly on the grounds.

– 3rd Star: Master Rick (FL) – Master Rick had run two very strong races in Stakes to start the meet at Oaklawn, and on Thursday he got a bit of class relief when he dropped to an allowance and dominated the field winning by multiple lengths.  The win confirmed the strength of the older males at Oaklawn this year, and also confirmed that Master Rick is a pretty good horse in his own right.  It might be a little tricky to know where to point this guy towards considering he’s been beaten by the top males on the grounds, but you’d have to think he’s good enough to win an ungraded Stakes at several other tracks around the country.

Flop of the Week

Titletown Five (KY) – The Gazebo was the most anticipated race of the meet so far for me, but it left me disappointed and confused.  I was very high on Titletown Five and Get Happy Mister, yet both failed to show they’re true talents.  I made Titletown Five the “flop” because he was the much hyped horse nationally coming into the race.  At the top of the stretch he looked like an easy winner, but tired badly down the stretch finishing a fading second.  Those of us who are backing him just hope that he needed a race and will improve, but the optimism has to be put on hold as of now.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 McLean Robertson 62 17 6 13 $446,497 27% 36 58%
2 Chris Richard 47 16 8 6 $328,931 34% 30 64%
3 Steven M. Asmussen 68 14 13 11 $548,243 21% 38 56%
4 Donnie K. Von Hemel 59 12 11 9 $488,868 20% 32 54%
5 Cody Autrey 52 10 4 8 $216,271 19% 22 42%
6 Kenny P. Smith 63 9 9 7 $246,095 14% 25 40%
6 Joseph R. Martin 63 9 8 5 $233,074 14% 22 35%
6 Allen Milligan 115 9 9 11 $199,118 8% 29 25%
6 Jamie Ness 28 9 6 1 $130,040 32% 16 57%
10 Steve Hobby 38 8 4 7 $261,724 21% 19 50%
10 Ron Moquett 80 8 6 13 $220,904 10% 27 34%
12 D. Wayne Lukas 52 7 6 9 $420,545 13% 22 42%
12 Philip A. Sims 26 7 3 5 $295,214 27% 15 58%
12 Chris A. Hartman 42 7 10 6 $245,549 17% 23 55%
12 Randy L. Morse 54 7 8 10 $204,079 13% 25 46%
12 Brad H. Cox 20 7 1 4 $105,642 35% 12 60%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Ricardo Santana, Jr. 130 30 13 23 $768,655 23% 66 51%
2 Robby Albarado 157 26 20 17 $803,510 17% 63 40%
3 Luis S. Quinonez 120 23 19 14 $752,929 19% 56 47%
4 Alex Birzer 146 20 19 14 $569,533 14% 53 36%
5 Terry J. Thompson 138 19 16 19 $524,725 14% 54 39%
6 M. Clifton Berry 121 17 22 14 $575,144 14% 53 44%
7 Jon Kenton Court 104 12 10 16 $524,181 12% 38 37%
8 Victor Lebron 87 11 13 10 $401,725 13% 34 39%
8 Israel Ocampo 93 11 4 13 $260,061 12% 28 30%
10 Eddie Martin, Jr. 96 10 13 20 $317,812 10% 43 45%
11 Ramon A. Vazquez 86 9 8 10 $293,825 10% 27 31%
12 Alex Cintron 52 8 9 5 $263,156 15% 22 42%
12 David Mello 86 8 14 7 $212,557 9% 29 34%

Preview to Next Week

Saturday: The Razorback Handicap (Grade 3) – 4 Year olds and upward – 1 1/16th miles – Purse: $150,000

Saturday: The Honeybee Stakes (Grade 3) – 3 Year old fillies – 1 1/16th miles – Purse: $150,000

TwinSpires Million Road to Derby Showdown

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