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!

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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!

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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 !

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

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GIII Southwest Stakes will be divided into “2” Divisions this President’s Day

Oaklawn Park scene of two, 2012 GIII Southwest Stakes races this Monday!

With 21 entries bursting this GIII Derby test at its seams, the Oaklawn officials are taking the extraordinary step of breaking up this race in two.

Free Past Performances,← for both race 8 and race 9!

In a rare use of the term “divisions” for within a single race, the 2012 GIII Southwest Stakes with its 21 entries will be run with 2 different fields or divisions, with equal purses of $250,000, going the same 1-mile distance, with separate win, place and show payouts etc,etc! The graded stakes earning towards a derby gate will also be equal for the both winners of each division, the same with 2nd’s, 3rd’s and so on!

So below you will find both divisional races and their entries,

By Posts, Horses, M/L Odds,

Division #1, Race #8, Post Time 4:41 pm cst!

1. Red Jack – 30/1

2. Unbridled’s Note – 10/1

3. Jake Mo – 15/1

4. Majestic Stride – 8/1

5. Longview Drive – 5/2

6. Junebugred – 7/2

7. No Spin – 20/1

8. Reckless Jerry – 9/2

9. Ring It Up – 20/1

10. Laurie’s Rocket – 15/1

11. Castaway – 5/1

Picks are – 3,5,6,10 box-exacta!

Division #2, Race #9, Post Time at 5:15 pm cst!

1. Z Rockstar – 20/1

2. Adirondack King – 6/1

3. Scatman – 6/1

4. Apprehender – 10/1

5. Chalybeate Springs – 30/1

6. Pee H Dee – 15/1

7. Cyber Secret – 4/1

8. King Coral – 30/1

9. Secret Circle – 1/1

10. Big Wednesday – 15/1

Picks are – 2,7,9,3 box-exacta!

Our picks for both contests are anything but a lock to be sure. With such large fields, both going an easy to steal on the front-end mile, both races could blow-up rather easily with huge payouts to follow.

Yes, everyone the 2012 GIII Southwest Stakes results will probably have you scratching your head by early evening on Monday as you probably won’t know what to make of the action from either race and where all the top finishers fit in the Derby puzzle!

Suggestion: wait for the GII Rebel here next month to sort out the Oaklawn Park derby trail picture, as this Monday’s GIII prep is only going to give you a handicapping headache and a wagering belly ache!