Oaklawn Report #11

Laurie's Rocket Wins the Hot Springs Stakes

Laurie’s Rocket Wins the Hot Springs Stakes

Three Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Laurie’s Rocket (KY) – You would be hard pressed to find a horse that has had a better meet than Laurie’s Rocket.  After already winning two of three races this year, he scored his biggest win yet when winning the Hot Springs Stakes by over a length over a sloppy track.  The win also gave him a win over Apprehender, who was thought to be the best sprinter on the grounds coming into the race.  Laurie’s Rocket also owns a victory over Alsvid, who is another highly though of sprinter.  With the victory he’ll now be pointed towards the Grade 3 Count Fleet Stakes, which will be ran on closing day as part of the Racing Festival of the South.

– 2nd Star: Jan’s Perfect Star (AR) – The flashy Arkansas Bred filly made it a perfect two for two on her young career Saturday, as she won the Arkansas Breeders Stakes with ease.  She took right to the lead early on, and never looked back as she was up by almost fifteen lengths at one point down the back stretch.  The final winning margin was about four lengths, and one has to wonder what the next step will be.  Will she go back to sprinting?  Will she face open company?  It will be exciting to follow her career from here on out, as her breeding and Arkansas connections make her intriguing.

– 3rd Star: Justin Phillip (KY) – He was sent to Oaklawn with the Count Fleet Stakes in mind, and on Thursday he took the first step towards winning that race by winning an Allowance race as a prep.  Justin Phillip had been banging heads with some of the best in the division on both coasts, and it looked like the class relief was something he really appreciated.  The waters will get a little deeper in the Count Fleet, but you’d have to think he’ll be one of the favorites heading into that race.  No matter what the future holds, it was just nice to see Justin Phillip back in the winners circle.

Flop of the Week

– Apprehender (KY) – After running his best race yet last time out, Apprehender regressed big time in the Hot Springs Stakes, finishing dead last.  Perhaps the sloppy track was not to his liking, or maybe he just bounced off that big performance last time out.  The word is he is still being pointed to the Count Fleet Stakes which is a good sign that he is physically ok.  I expect much better from him next time out.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Steven M. Asmussen 103 21 20 14 $779,352 20% 55 53%
1 McLean Robertson 86 21 9 21 $576,094 24% 51 59%
1 Chris Richard 67 21 12 6 $430,503 31% 39 58%
4 Kenny P. Smith 82 14 11 10 $362,731 17% 35 43%
4 Cody Autrey 70 14 8 10 $290,463 20% 32 46%
6 Donnie K. Von Hemel 83 13 12 12 $564,466 16% 37 45%
6 Steve Hobby 59 13 8 9 $438,120 22% 30 51%
6 Ron Moquett 105 13 8 15 $316,332 12% 36 34%
6 Jamie Ness 36 13 7 2 $203,086 36% 22 61%
10 Chris A. Hartman 58 12 14 7 $348,522 21% 33 57%
11 Allen Milligan 157 11 11 13 $250,856 7% 35 22%
12 Randy L. Morse 74 10 9 14 $282,724 14% 33 45%
12 Joseph R. Martin 91 10 13 6 $267,401 11% 29 32%
12 Brad H. Cox 32 10 2 8 $149,100 31% 20 63%
15 D. Wayne Lukas 64 9 9 9 $956,079 14% 27 42%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Ricardo Santana, Jr. 201 47 25 35 $1,126,409 23% 107 53%
2 Robby Albarado 210 39 26 27 $1,238,851 19% 92 44%
3 Alex Birzer 206 29 23 24 $864,890 14% 76 37%
4 Luis S. Quinonez 172 27 22 18 $879,118 16% 67 39%
4 Terry J. Thompson 188 27 23 22 $745,764 14% 72 38%
6 M. Clifton Berry 175 25 32 21 $839,298 14% 78 45%
7 Victor Lebron 124 18 16 18 $644,915 15% 52 42%
8 Jon Kenton Court 137 16 14 22 $989,414 12% 52 38%
9 Eddie Martin, Jr. 132 13 20 25 $422,886 10% 58 44%
9 David Mello 139 13 27 8 $339,184 9% 48 35%
9 Israel Ocampo 122 13 8 17 $313,696 11% 38 31%
12 Rosemary B. Homeister, Jr. 94 10 11 8 $295,529 11% 29 31%
13 Ramon A. Vazquez 120 9 13 11 $359,306 8% 33 28%
13 Alex Canchari 142 9 17 15 $248,659 6% 41 29%
13 Malcolm Franklin 115 9 11 7 $233,201 8% 27 23%

Preview to Next Week

– Friday: The Rainbow Miss Stakes – 3-year old Fillies (Ark. Breds), 6 Furlongs, Purse: $50,000

– Saturday: The Rainbow Stakes – 3-year old males (Ark. Breds), 6 Furlongs, Purse: $50,000

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