Ticker
  • Arrogate draws post position #9 for Saturday's Dubai World Cup.Posted 2 days ago
  • Vale Dori (6-5) wins a virtual match race over Finest City in the G1 Santa Margarita.Posted 5 days ago
  • Malagacy (3-1) remains unbeaten with an impressive Rebel win.Posted 5 days ago
  • Enola Gray (2-5) much the best down the hill in the Irish O'Brien.Posted 6 days ago
  • Jenda's Agenda (2-5) stays unbeaten with a facile win in the Caeser's Wish.Posted 6 days ago
  • Mor Spirit (1-2) too good in the Essex at Oaklawn Park.Posted 6 days ago
  • Distinta (11-1) gets up on the shadow of the wire in the Inside Information.Posted 6 days ago
  • Twisted Tom (4-1) gets up in the final jump to win the Private Terms.Posted 6 days ago
  • Streamline (12-1) upsets the Azeri; rough trip for favorite Terra Promessa.Posted 6 days ago
  • Clothes Fall Off (6-5) undresses the competition in the Correction.Posted 6 days ago
Breeders Cup 2015
Dubai World Cup 2017

Donoharm Wins Fifth Season at Oaklawn

Donoharm Wins Fifth Season at Oaklawn
Photo: Oaklawn Park

Two-time leading rider Cliff Berry got the 2013 season off to a good start Friday by guiding Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch’s Donoharm to horse’s fourth consecutive victory in the $75,000 Fifth Season Stakes. A crowd of 19,633 turned out to watch the first of 56 race cards that culminates with the $1 million Arkansas Derby April 13.

Berry kept Donoharm forwardly placed from the break as Double Rah Rah assumed the early lead and proceeded through leisurely fractions of 24 3/5 and 50 for the first half-mile. Several horses appeared to be in contention heading into the stretch, including local favorite Win Willy, but it was Donoharm that was the most determined to get to the wire first. He held off a closing Skyring by a head to prevail in 1:49 for 1 1/16 miles over a good track dampened by several inches of rain this week. After encountering a bit of traffic enter the far turn, Win Willy was another half-length back in third. Endorsement, the 7-5 favorite, was close early, but faded late to finish seventh.

“He kept trying,” said Berry.  “I thought at every pole he was going to get tired, but he kept running. He won with determination. The track is a little tiring today, but he was determined. I just hope to keep up the winning, especially in these stakes races.”

Donoharm, trained by Bret Calhoun, returned $29.00, $11.40 and $5.80 at odds of 13-1. With the victory, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred Lemon Drop Kid gelding improved his record to 4-2-3 in 14 starts and has now earned $182,080.

Likely to give Berry a run for his money as leading rider is Robby Albarado, who won three races on the 9-race opening-day program, including two for trainer Cody Autrey. Albarado, best known to Oaklawn fans as the regular rider of 2007 Arkansas Derby winner and two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, is riding regularly in Hot Springs for the first time since 1997 when he was leading rider.

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories