Photo: Pat Lang Photography
J. Cella’s Cyber Secret, winner of the 2013 Razorback and Oaklawn
Handicaps, and Donoharm, winner of the 2013 Fifth Season Stakes and
Essex Handicap at Oaklawn, are both looking
to get the 2014 meet off to fast start with a victory in Saturday’s
$100,000 Fifth Season Stakes. The 1 1/16-mile race for 4-year-olds and
upward drew a field of 13.
Secret was undefeated in four starts at Oaklawn last year, winning two
allowance starts before his stakes triumphs. After finishing second in
the Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs
May 3, but getting disqualified, the Broken Vow horse was given a
breather and did not resurface until Nov. 9 when he finished second in
an allowance. In his most recent start, he set a track record at Turfway
Park in winning the Prairie Bayou Stakes.
Sanders and Larry Hirsch’s Donoharm was winning his fifth straight
start when he captured the Essex Handicap. He unfortunately didn’t fire
in his next start and finished eighth behind
Cyber Secret in the Razorback. Most recently he returned from a
sixth-month break to finish fourth in the Delta Mile and has been
training forwardly for his attempt at a Fifth Season repeat.
had a great season at Oaklawn last year,” said trainer Bret Calhoun.
“He had a great work over the surface the other day and we’re all very
notable Fifth Season starters include Texas Bling, who competed in all
of Oaklawn’s 3-year-old races last year, graded stakes winner Stealcase,
and stakes winners Right to Vote and
complete field for the Fifth Season, in post-position order, with
riders: Ted’s Folly, Ramon Vazquez; Texas Bling, Jeremy Rose; Stachys,
Luis Quinonez; Dipsy Drew, Jon Court; Drogue,
Calvin Borel; Joy Boy, Francisco Torres; Cyber Secret, Robby Albarado;
Stealcase, Eurico Da Silva; Jaguar Paw, Channing Hill; Occasional View,
Terry Thompson; Right to Vote, Ricardo Santana Jr.; Donoharm, Cliff
Berry, and Big Town, Noberto Arroyo Jr.