Dougherty’s Ride On Curlin had his last major drill Sunday in
preparation for his expected start in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1)
this coming Saturday. The son of 2007 Arkansas
Derby winner Curlin breezed seven furlongs in 1:26 4/5 over a fast
track with exercise rider Brian Beccia on board.
worked really good,” said trainer Billy Gowan, a former assistant of
Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg. “It was the same type of work he had
before the Rebel (when third). He started
out slow and finished fast. I do know he’s really good right now. He’s
On Curlin, third in both the Southwest (G3) and Rebel (G2) Stakes, is
one of six definite starters for the Arkansas Derby. The others are
Bayern, Strong Mandate, Tapiture, Commission
and Conquest Titan. Danza is possible.
post-position draw for Arkansas Derby and Oaklawn Handicap will be
Wednesday, April 9 at 12:30 p.m. on the first floor of Oaklawn’s
Carve Drills Towards Oaklawn Handicap
Langford’s Carve, who recently won an optional allowance race at
Oaklawn by 5 ¾ lengths despite a poor start, readied for the step up
into stakes action by breezing five furlongs
in 1:01 3/5 Sunday in company with Sheltowee’s Boy. The 4-year-old
Carve was prepping for the $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2), while his
younger stablemate, most recently fifth in the Rebel, was preparing for
the $100,000 Northern Spur. Both stakes are part
of the supporting card on Arkansas Derby Day April 12.
worked really, really good,” said trainer Brad Cox. “I’m super happy
with how he’s doing. He worked the right way and galloped out strong.
Can he beat Will Take Charge and Revolutionary?
That’s still the question, but he couldn’t be doing any better. I’m
happy with both horses. Sheltowee’s Boy is excellent right now.”
Handicap winner Right to Vote, looking to rebound from a poor showing
in the Razorback Handicap (G3), worked five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 over a
fast track Saturday with jockey Greta
Kuntzweiler in the saddle.
did everything right,” Moquett said. “We were pleased with the work and
the gallop out. He’ll train lightly into the race and everything is
Oaklawn Handicap field is also expected to include champion Will Take
Charge, the 123-pound high weight, Prayer for Relief, Razorback Handicap
winner Golden Lad, Revolutionary and
On Fire Baby Works in Defense of Apple Blossom Title
Cauley’s On Fire Baby, who returned from a lengthy layoff to win the
2013 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1), prepared to defend her title April 11
with a five furlong breeze Saturday
in 1:00 4/5 under regular rider Joe Johnson. It was the third fastest
workout of 27 at the distance.
went super,” trainer Gary “Red Dog” Hartlage said. “You can’t come into
a race any better. Joe was happy with her and we hope she’s this good
her last race, On Fire Baby finished fourth in the $200,000 Azeri
Stakes (G2) March 15 behind winner Close Hatches, who was assigned high
weight of 121 pounds for the Apple Blossom.
The 4-year-old filly, trained by Bill Mott, is expected to return from
South Florida Tuesday for the race.