Oaklawn Park

Baffert Sweeps Arkansas Derby With Charlatan and Nadal

Both kept perfect records intact May 2 at Oaklawn Park. One of the main reasons trainer Bob Baffert was delighted that Oaklawn Park officials split the $500,000 Arkansas Derby (G1) into two divisions was that it removed the possibility of his two undefeated 3-year-olds, Nadal and Charlatan, slugging it out in the same race. After what happened May 2 in the two divisions of the 1 1/8-mile stakes, a showdown between the two seems inevitable—and it should be a classic matchup…

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Oaklawn Park Splits Arkansas Derby into Two Divisions

Each division will award 170 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Oaklawn Park will run two divisions of the Arkansas Derby (G1) May 2, with each division awarding 170 points toward starting eligibility in the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) at Churchill Downs. Oaklawn officials said last week they were looking for at least 22 horses to split the 1 1/8-mile feature for 3-year-olds into two divisions. Each division will carry a $500,000 purse and award Road…

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Eight Rings has questions to answer in Oaklawn’s Bachelor

The question regarding Eight Rings is the same now as it was after he faded to sixth in last November’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, ending an up-and-down 2-year-old season highlighted by a Grade 1 victory. Which version of the colt will show up on race day? Campaigned in partnership by SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables et al., Bob Baffert-trained Eight Rings has another chance to answer Saturday when he leads a field of eight in Oaklawn Park’s $100,000 Bachelor Stakes.

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Charlatan may need help to make Arkansas Derby field

Entries for the May 2 Arkansas Derby will be taken Sunday at Oaklawn Park, and there will be plenty of scoreboard watching, because the number of horses who enter the race will impact whether it is split into two divisions. If it’s not, Charlatan, one of the most highly ranked 3-year-olds in the country, is in danger of not getting in based on the race conditions…

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Eight Rings Fires Bullet at Oaklawn Park

HOT SPRINGS, AR – Trainer Bob Baffert’s Grade 1-winning colt Eight Rings fired a bullet best-of-29 5-furlong work from the gate in :59.00 at Oaklawn Park on Friday as he gears up for a start in the $100,000 Bachelor Stakes on April 25. Eight Rings was making his first timed trip over the Oaklawn Park dirt since arriving Tuesday from his base at Santa Anita Park…

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Eight Rings Arrives at Oaklawn for Bachelor Stakes

Eight Rings, winner of the American Pharoah Stakes (G1) last fall at Santa Anita Park, arrived at Oaklawn Park April 14 in preparation for a start in the six-furlong, $100,000 Bachelor Stakes there April 25, co-owner Jack Wolf said. The 3-year-old son of Empire Maker  is unraced since finishing sixth as the second favorite in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita…

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