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3 Stars of the Week:
-1st Star – Alternation (KY) – Any sports fan will tell you that one of the most important things you can to is win your games at home, and that is exactly was Alternation did this Saturday when he won the Razorback Handicap by two lengths. Alternation had already dominated the local competition once this season in the Essex Stakes, but in the Razorback he had to take on California shipper Tapizar. Tapizar came in highly regarded, but was really no match at any time for Alternation. When the gates opened, Alternation found himself on the lead for the first time in his career, with Tapizar sitting off him in second. As they turned for home Tapizar came up to challenge, but was put away with ease by Alternation. The Oaklawn Handicap is next for him as he’ll try to make it three for three to close out the Oaklawn meet.
-2nd Star – On Fire Baby (KY) – After much hype from trainer Gary Hartlage, On Fire Baby showed us her stuff this Saturday. It’s a shame she ran on the same day as Alternation, because she deserves the number one star. Amie’s Dini was able to jump out to the lead in the race, while On Fire Baby stalked in second. As they made the turn Amie’s Dini dug deep and was able to hold off On Fire Baby for much of the stretch before finally getting passed a few lengths before the wire. On Fire Baby may have stamped herself as the favorite for the Kentucky Oaks, but there are talks that she may be pointed towards a date with the boys in the Kentucky Derby. Her next start will be here at Oaklawn, in either the Fantasy Stakes or the Arkansas Derby.
-3rd Star – Amie’s Dini (KY) – Even though Amie’s Dini was a clear second in the Honeybee Stakes, there is still plenty to be excited about with this filly. She proved to be quite a fighter, and was beaten by what could be the best 3-year-old filly in the country in On Fire Baby. There is more good news for Amie’s Dini as well. With On Fire Baby toying with the idea of facing the boys in her next start, Amie’s Dini could benefit from that as she is clearly better than all of the other fillies on the grounds.
-Honorable Mentions – Tapizar, Apprehender, Whinston, Picko’s Pride
Biggest Flop of the Week:
– Win Willy (KY) – His last place finish in the Razorback may have been a flop, but the local Oaklawn star had plenty of excuses. He was making his first start in almost a year, he was bumped hard at the start, and he had very little pace to run into. Still, this was a disappointing effort. He’s better than what he showed Saturday, and hopefully he’ll show us that before the meet ends.
Preview to Next Week:
-The Rebel Stakes (Grade 2): For Three Year Olds. 1 and 1/16th mile. Purse $500,000.
Probable Starters: Castaway, Secret Circle, Sabercat, Atigun, Cyber Secret, Scatman, Jake Mo, Reckless Jerry, Adirondack King, Pee H Dee, Najjaar, Majestic Stride, Unbridled’s Note, Optimizer
-The Azeri Stakes (Grade 3): For four year old fillies and upward. 1 and 1/16th mile. Purse $150,000.
Probable Starters: Absinthe Minded, Tiz Miz Sue, Joyful Victory
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