California Shippers Arrive for Oaklawn Stakes Races

Stellar Wind arriving at Oaklawn Park – Coady Photography As the 2017 Oaklawn Park meet approaches its climax, a planeload of talented California-based horses arrived at Oaklawn on April 11th with plans to compete in the track’s upcoming graded stakes races. Leading the way … Continued

VIDEO: Classic Empire Completes Preparations for Arkansas Derby

Classic Empire (inside) winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Photo by Zoe Metz/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) One week before his expected start in the $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park, the reigning champion two-year-old Classic Empire breezed a half-mile at Winding Oaks Farm … Continued

Which Derby Prep Races Are the Most Successful?

© Benoit Photo Although there are many major prep races on the road to the Kentucky Derby, there’s no question that some have had more success than others in producing Derby winners, particularly in recent years. Races like the Santa Anita Derby (gr. … Continued

Kentucky Derby Countdown 4-15-16

Coady Photography With just over three weeks remaining until the Kentucky Derby, things are starting to heat up at Churchill Downs, where many of the Derby contenders are starting to get serious with their pre-race training. However, the day’s most notable bit … Continued

Irad Ortiz Picks Up Mount on Whitmore

Breeders’ Cup Photo © According to the Oaklawn Barn Notes for February 21st, the top jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. has accepted the mount on Whitmore for both the March 19th Rebel Stakes (gr. II) and the April 16th Arkansas Derby (gr. … Continued

American Pharoah Cruises in the Arkansas Derby

The once-beaten American Pharoah stamped himself as the favorite to win the 141st Kentucky Derby (gr. I) when he drew off with powerful strides to score a decisive victory in the $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby (gr. I) on April 11th at Oaklawn Park. With … Continued

2015 Arkansas Derby Post Positions

2014 Eclipse champion 2yo male American Pharoah and Southwest Stakes (gr. III) winner Far Right are among eight horses that have been entered in the April 11th Arkansas Derby (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park. The nine-furlong race for 3yos is the last major prep … Continued