Horse Watch

Oaklawn Report #8

3 Stars of the Week:

-1st Star – Najjaar (KY)Najjaar made his much-anticipated second start of the Oaklawn meet last Friday, and he did not disappoint us.  He found himself more than fifteen lengths behind approaching the final turn, but in what seemed like a second he swept by the field and defeated the group of allowance horses with ease.  The competition will heat up as now Najjaar must face Graded Stakes company in the Rebel next time out, but he might be up the task.  He joins a sort list of Oaklawn locals that might have a shot at defeating the brigade of shippers that are expected to come in for that race.

-2nd Star – Fastestwhogetspaid (ON)There weren’t many people thinking Fastestwhogetspaid would win the Gazebo last Saturday, (he was 38-1) but he ran an extremely gutsy race.  He was slow to break, faced trouble at the turn, and had to rally on the inside of horses, but STILL won the race in a photo finish with Lake Victor.  From here Fastestwhogetspaid can look at other sprint races down the road, and his late rally suggests he might be able to stretch out to a mile.

-3rd Star – Holy Heavens (FL)Making her first start since finishing sixth in the Grade 3 Dogwood Stakes at Churchill, Holy Heavens came back in style, defeating a decent allowance field by almost two lengths.  The race was so good that now the Jayaraman’s are thinking about running her back in the Azeri Stakes on March 17th.  The Azeri is expected to draw Joyful Victory, who beat Holy Heavens on a couple of occasions last year so we may get to see how each of these horses has progressed throughout the last year.

Biggest Flop of the Week:

Exfactor (KY)Saturday’s Gazebo Stakes had to have been extremely disappointing for trainer Bernie Flint.  Exfactor was well within striking distance turning for home, but came up empty running down the lane, fading to finish seventh.  Jockey Terry Thompson said a slow start may have done Exfactor in, as he had to use the horse a lot to get him into the race.  Bottom line:  This was a field that Exfactor should have dominated.

Trainer Standings:

Rank Trainer Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Allen Milligan 100 17 8 14 $316,835 17% 39 39%
2 Brad H. Cox 49 15 11 8 $240,790 31% 34 69%
3 Steven M. Asmussen 60 12 10 8 $284,877 20% 30 50%
4 Jamie Ness 36 11 8 5 $160,502 31% 24 67%
5 Steve Hobby 40 10 8 6 $346,408 25% 24 60%
5 Ron Moquett 71 10 17 3 $266,714 14% 30 42%
5 Chris Richard 32 10 3 5 $179,002 31% 18 56%
8 W. Bret Calhoun 45 9 4 8 $243,184 20% 21 47%
9 Joseph R. Martin 46 8 8 8 $218,003 17% 24 52%
9 McLean Robertson 43 8 5 3 $181,683 19% 16 37%
9 Cody Autrey 42 8 4 7 $117,305 19% 19 45%
12 Donnie K. Von Hemel 51 7 9 4 $253,677 14% 20 39%
12 Ingrid Mason 32 7 5 5 $123,501 22% 17 53%

Jockey Standings:

Rank Jockey Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Win% Top3 Top3%
1 M. Clifton Berry 132 31 18 16 $703,854 23% 65 49%
2 Terry J. Thompson 170 28 19 22 $736,607 16% 69 41%
3 Israel Ocampo 105 18 12 14 $444,208 17% 44 42%
3 Alex Birzer 131 18 20 15 $363,966 14% 53 40%
5 Luis S. Quinonez 112 17 18 15 $534,082 15% 50 45%
6 Lindey Wade 112 15 13 13 $369,693 13% 41 37%
7 Alex Cintron 110 14 12 19 $305,004 13% 45 41%
7 Roberto Morales 112 14 7 11 $244,335 13% 32 29%
9 Ramon A. Vazquez 82 12 13 8 $284,812 15% 33 40%
10 David Mello 107 11 11 10 $220,821 10% 32 30%
11 Jon Kenton Court 97 10 10 10 $383,071 10% 30 31%
11 Joe M. Johnson 59 10 6 9 $198,835 17% 25 42%

Preview to Next Week:

-The Razorback Handicap (Grade 3): For four-year olds males and upward. 1 and 1/16th mile.  Purse $125,000

Probable Starters: Win Willy, Color Me Blue, Alternation, It Happened Again, Endorsement

-The Honey Bee Stakes (Grade 3): For three-year old fillies. 1 and 1/16th mile.  Purse $125,000

Probable Starters: Amie’s Dini, Colonial Empress, Inca Miss, On Fire Baby, Rocket Twentyone, Silver Hustler

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