2013 Oaklawn Derby Trail fires up with GIII Southwest Stakes – Posts, Picks, M/L Odds, Free

Oaklawn Park - site of Monday's $300,000, GIII Southwest Stakes for 2013 Derby Hopefuls
Oaklawn Park – site of Monday’s $300,000, GIII Southwest Stakes for 2013 Derby Hopefuls

The $300,000, GIII Southwest Stakes, for 3yo’s only, going a new further distance this year of 1 1/16 mile over the Oaklawn main track this coming President’s Day Monday and is the first of 3 2013 Derby Trail tests here at this venerable thoroughbred racing venue at Hot Springs, Arkansas!

The Southwest Stakes is also the very last of the new 10-4-2-1 preseason Kentucky Derby points format races set up by the ruling class at Churchill Downs for at least 2013. So the last 10 points in this final preseason Derby Trail race will go to the winner here on Monday.

Free Past Performances,

Coming out for this initial Derby Trail test at Oaklawn Park this year will be,

Super Ninety Nine, out of Pulpit and a Unbridled’s Song mare, is the Bob Baffert trainee for this race here in the Baffert colony east! This one clicked off a mile in 1:35 flat last out in a Santa Anita $58k alw tilt clearing the field by more than 3 lengths at the wire!

A Baffert horse in a Oaklawn Derby trail race, exotics here!

Will Take Charge, is another Unbridled’s Song heir, trained by D. Wayne Lukas and was the winner of a tight 3-horse finish in the Smarty Jones Stakes here last month.

Drew top weight here on Monday for this 2013 Smarty Jones Stakes winner most be something in the air here and most be in your exotics thinking too!

Texas Bling, out of Too Much Bling, has an amazing 11-race resume already to his name and is a kind of throwback 3yo to years gone by, finished 2nd by just a neck in the Smarty Jones Stakes here last out! Exotics here, as well!

Always In A Tiz, by Tiznow, took the 3rd spot back another “head” in that same Smarty Jones Stakes here last out coming late on the outside. Just a 3-race resume here so plenty of room for improvement! This one’s an exotics pick too!

Brown Almighty , out of Big Brown, came 5th back 5 lengths in the Smarty Jones here last out as well. He’ll have to find some of that Derby, Preakness and Haskell winning blood of dad’s to move up here on Monday! Super this son of Big Brown!

Fear The Kitten, out of Kitten’s Joy and a Dynaformer mare, is a name you’ve already heard this season, coming 3rd in the GIII Le Comte Stakes at the Fairgrounds last month, so super this son of Kitten’s Joy at the very least!

The pedigree here screams “turf horse” to us but Mike Maker and the Ramsey’s seem bent on another “Dirt” try for this fledging 3yo Derby hopeful!

Big Lute , out of Midnight Lute, gets a little love here from the Oaklawn handicaper at 6/1, owns but a single Msw win to his very brief resume, winning an Oaklawn Feb 1st, 6f Msw by 4 3/4′ lengths in a gearing down 1:10.2 winning time.

This one’s sire was best know for late bursts in his 2 Breeders’ Cup Sprint wins but was never a 2-turn horse. So for us, the blood isn’t right at this distance, so a super spot for him only!

PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L Odds
1. Officer Alex L S Quinonez 117 L S Whiting 20/1
2. Brown Almighty T J Thompson 117 T A Ice 10/1
3. Will Take Charge J K Court 122 D W Lukas 5/1
4. Texas Bling M C Berry 119 D Durham 12/1
5. Always in a Tiz P Lopez 115 D A Schettino 4/1
6. Super Ninety Nine R Bejarano 117 B Baffert 7/5
7. Fear the Kitten R Napravnik 117 M J Maker 15/1
8. Heaven’s Runway J Loveberry 117 J R Martin 30/1
9. Channel Isle I Ocampo 117 D W Lukas 15/1
10. Big Lute R Albarado 115 S Hobby 6/1

Picks are – 3,4,5,6 exacta box, then the 2,7 or 10 in the super spot!

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GIII Southwest Stakes is first and last – Probables with Free PP’s

The GIII Southwest Stakes will be the firt of 3 big Derby preps here at Oaklawn Park this President's Day Monday holiday!
The GIII Southwest Stakes will be the first of 3 big Derby preps here at Oaklawn Park this President’s Day Monday holiday!

The $300,000, GIII Southwest Stakes, going a 2-turn mile, will have the double distinction of being the first of 3 Derby Trail tests at Oaklawn Park this season but will also be the very last of the 10-4-2-1 Derby points races under the new Churchill Downs points system format for a 2013 derby gate this holiday Monday!

Free Past Performances,

“Probables”

Super Ninety Nine, out of Pulpit and a Unbridled’s Song mare, is the Bob Baffert trainee for this race here in the Baffert colony east! This one clicked off a mile in 1:35 flat last out in a Santa Anita $58k alw tilt clearing the field by more than 3 lengths at the wire!

Will Take Charge, is another Unbridled’s Song heir, trained by D. Wayne Lukas and was the winner of a tight 3-horse finish in the Smarty Jones Stakes here last month.

Texas Bling, out of Too Much Bling, has an amazing 11-race resume already to his name and is a kind of a throwback 3yo to years gone by, finished 2nd by just a neck in the Smarty Jones Stakes here last out!

Always In A Tiz, by Tiznow, took the 3rd spot back another “head” in that same Smarty Jones Stakes here last out coming late on the outside. Just a 3-race resume here so plenty of room for improvement!

Brown Almighty , out of Big Brown, came 5th back 5 lengths in the Smarty Jones here last out as well. He’ll have to find some of that Derby, Preakness and Haskell winning blood of dad’s to move up here on Monday!

Fear The Kitten, out of Kitten’s Joy and a Dynaformer mare, is a name you’ve already heard this season, coming 3rd in the GIII Le Comte Stakes at the Fairgrounds last month!

The pedigree here screams “turf horse” to us but Mike Maker and the Ramsey’s seem bent on another “Dirt” try for this fledging 3yo Derby hopeful!

One would have to think that more Baffert horses are lurking around the Oaklawn backside somewhere and we wouldn’t be surprised to see more of his charges toe up to the line here on the President’s holiday Monday!

Secret Circle takes Part 2 of the GIII Southwest Stakes | Results and Replay

Secret Circle coming home the winner in Part 2 of the GIII Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park today

Secret Circle, the 2011 B/C Juvy Sprint champ stretched out just fine to the mile distance here today in Part 2 of the GIII Southwest  Stakes, for $250k, winning by 3/4 length, in a good time of 1:37.08 over a “fast” Oaklawn Park main today!

Coming 2nd that 3/4’s was Scatman, 3rd to Adirondack King back 5 1/2 lengths more and Pee H Dee filling in the super for you back 2 more lengths!

“Full Chart”

Also ran were: Cyber Secret, Z Rockstar, Chalybeate Springs, King Coral, Apprehender, Big Wednesday !

Bob Baffert gets the training double on both ends of this two-part contest with Rafael Bejarano getting a doubly big payday for riding both winners!

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Castaway wins Part 1 of the GIII Southwest Stakes in a Romp | Results and Replay

Castaway romping home in Part 1 of today's GIII Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park

Castaway won the division #1 half of the $250,000, GIII Southwest Stakes in a 3 3/4 lengths romp.

2nd going to Jake Mo, 3rd to Reckless Jerry back 1/2 length more and a nose in front of Ring It Up filling the super spot.

Also ran were: Majestic Stride, Junebugred, Longview Drive, No Spin, Unbridled’s Note, Laurie’s Rocket, Red Jack !

“Full Chart”

Winning time was 1:38.09 over a “fast” Oaklawn main!

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