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Apple Blossom


What the Nation is saying about the Apple Blossom...

Wise Dan, Will Take Charge, Close Hatches, Danza, Dance With Fate and more covered in this week's From the Eighth Pole to the Wire.Read More
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  • shackleford · Passed on the race because Golden Lad was ridiculously washed out. I'm not a WTC fan, bit it looked like Revolutionary was the one who came in on Carve (I think that's who it was) · 5 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · Melarkey...watched in several times and the colt was slammed from the outside · 5 days ago ·
It was déjà vu for Close Hatches as she used the same front-running style as she had in the Azeri Stakes to win Friday’s Apple Blossom. Read More
Arkansas Derby (G1) contender Bayern, the 2-1 second choice on the morning line, got his first feel for the Oaklawn Park racing strip on Thursday morning after arriving Wednesday with the contingent of California horses competing in Oaklawn’s Racing Festival of the South.Read More
Close Hatches will carry top weight of 121 pounds, including jockey Joel Rosario, and will concede between four and nine pounds to her Apple Blossom rivals. Read More
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  • EP Taylor · Close Hatches is a real quality mare. Only going to get better. older female division is as usual very exciting. · 11 days ago ·
  • jinlie01 · Rose To Gold (runs well on OP) and On Fire Baby (might be sharper off second start off layoff and likes OP as well) worth a shot at nice odds. · 10 days ago ·
The Racing Festival of the South participants from the stables of Bill Mott, Todd Pletcher and Mark Casse went out on the Oaklawn Park racing strip Wednesday morning to stretch their legs and are all acclimating nicely to their surroundings.Read More
Daniel 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 bo...Read More
Millionaire and dual Grade 1 winner Close Hatches is on track to come back to Oaklawn Park for the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) on April 11. Juddmonte Farm’s 4-year-old filly, who had been idle since a second place finish in November’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1), served notice that she is on...Read More
While it is not clear whether Grace Hall sustained the injury before, during, or after the Apple Blossom, most are putting a line through her dismal performance on account of her recently discovered injury. Though it makes sense to give the filly a pass for the Apple Blossom, that excuse only covers...Read More
  • darlene · we see this all the time The "it" 2 yr old colt or filly failing to progress at 3 as the others mature and catch up and go forward Sometimes I think this is a huge factor when it comes to 3 yr old injuries Continuing to try and grab higher black type the the horse has talent for just because they did well in a couple black type 2 yr old races The horse might be an outstanding allowance horse but trainer or owner doesn't want to face it or feel they failed if they drop So they keep entering over the horses talent til it breaks · 362 days ago ·
  • BrianZipse · While I was happy to see On Fire Baby win, I'm willing to give Grace Hall another shot. I hope she comes back OK. · 362 days ago ·
On Fire Baby rewarded her connections’ patience with a gate-to-wire victory in Friday’s Grade I Apple Blossom Handicap, her first race in over 300 days. Read More
Alpha Delta Stable’s Grace Hall, the 118 lb. highweight, drew post position two of seven as she prepares to face a strong local contingent led by Tiz Miz Sue and Don’t Tell Sophia in Friday’s $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1). The 4-year-old Empire Maker filly and fellow Apple Blossom contender S...Read More
My Miss Aurelia, the 2011 champion juvenile filly, who just missed being named the 2012 champion 3-year-old filly, will begin her 4-year-old campaign against a red-hot Don't Tell SophiaRead More
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  • travel_vic · In today's climate of racing, IF there were three at the top of their game they would stay away from each other like plague until they had to (Breeder's Cup) · 400 days ago ·
  • mrsmaryzinke1 · MM, Do you really miss her? · 400 days ago ·
Breathtaking shots from this week's Kentucky Derby preps and more!Read More
With Havre de Grace away, Plum Pretty was left to play with her four opponents in the Oaklawn Park Grade I...Read More
  • dubby30 · Would love to see Plum Pretty show up 3 weeks later in the La Troienne. · 734 days ago ·
  • zxswordxz · I would love to see the situation reverse and see if HDG would have show up in three weeks. · 734 days ago ·
2011 Horse of the Year and defending Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) champion Havre de Grace tuned up for a possible defense of her title this Friday with a five furlong breeze in 1:02 1/5 under jockey Jenna Joubert. Trainer Larry Jones said that the work was a little slower than they had wanted and he ...Read More
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  • footlick · Mary Z.- obviously Summer Guest could. And in the Jockey Gold Cup, Shuvee could. And a little later, obviously, Lady's Secret. All ran against stronger males. You can put her in whatever historical perspective you want. The topic is closed for me. No more comments other than Euros from now on. And painting is not weary-making. It is actually energizing. But commissions need to get done on time. Take care. · 737 days ago ·
  • Mary Z. · lol footy. I thought you meant painting your guest room or something. I didn't know you're an artist. Yes, you will be commenting on other than Euros. Come on. :) · 737 days ago ·
4-5 favorite Plum Pretty makes her season debut over four other fillies and mares in the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) Friday at Oaklawn Park. Read More
  • Mary Z. · Twelve Twenty Two is a 7yo mare. She was off from 2/22/08 to 12/17/10. · 737 days ago ·
  • BrianZipse · When is the last time a trainer won the Southwest (2x), Rebel, Fantasy, Apple Blossom, and Arkansas Derby in the same year? Never! The Power of Bob · 737 days ago ·
In this case, two wrongs result in only one thing ... nothing but disappointment for the racing fans at Oaklawn Park. Read More
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  • footlick · bellesforever1- the racing secretary is supposed to weigh the horses to finish together. I think he gave them the correct weight spread. If they want to complain that they should have been weighted so they would win, then that is different. But the racing secretary did his job. He is not the one who did not do his job. They were mad that she didn't win. Period. That is why I don;t like their constant whining about it. . · 740 days ago ·
  • CraigBradshaw · looks to me to be a duck over a petty issue. c'mon larry......stop wussing out!!! · 739 days ago ·
Trainer Bob Baffert, who has already won three stakes races this meet, is going to attempt to win three more by taking two shots at Wednesday’s Fantasy Stakes with Jemima’s Pearl and Mamma Kimbo, one shot at Friday’s Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) with Plum Pretty and two shots in Saturday’s Arkansas D...Read More
Havre de Grace closed out her New Orleans winter vacation with a five furlong workout Sunday morning and will now ship to Oaklawn Monday with trainer Larry Jones expecting her to defend her title in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom on Friday, April 13.Read More
As compelling, or not, you found her seasonal debut, I believe the more interesting thing is all the talk surrounding where her connections chose to make her first start of the year.Read More
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  • icyhotboo · footlick, thanks for pointing out the difference the age factor plays in horse reaching physical and mental maturity, have a nice day, foolick. · 758 days ago ·
  • icyhotboo · sorry meant have a nice day footlick, I do that a lot, lol. · 758 days ago ·
On paper, yesterday’s $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes at Oaklawn Park looked like a two-horse race. Absinthe Minded and Tiz Miz Sue who had run one-two in the recent Pippin Stakes, were sent off as the 3-2, and 7-5 clear choices in the five-horse field. Looking at the past performances of the two it was cle...Read More
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  • Waya · Seen lots of horses that moved way up on a single track, Noble Nashua was practically unbeatable. · 791 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · Race set up perfectly for this one as the co favorite did not have the win pattern fro that distance on that course · 791 days ago ·

Race Results & Past Performances

View Details04/11/14OP101 1/16 mD04+ FApple Blossom-G1Close HatchesOn Fire BabyStanwyck1:42.75
View DetailsView Video04/12/13OP101 1/16 mD04+ FApple Blossom-G1On Fire BabyTiz Miz SueDon't Tell Sophia1:44.13
View Details04/13/12OP101 1/16 mD04+ FApple Blossom-G1Plum PrettyAbsinthe MindedTiz Miz Sue1:42.64
View DetailsView Video04/15/11OP101 1/16 mD04+ FApple Blossom-G1Havre de GraceSwitchAbsinthe Minded1:42.19
View DetailsView Video04/09/10OP101 1/8 mD04+ FApple Blossom-G1ZenyattaTaptamBe Fair1:50.71
View Details04/04/09OP81 1/16 mD04+ FApple Blossom-G1Seventh StreetSuperior StormAcoma1:43.13
View DetailsView Video04/05/08OP81 1/16 mD04+ FApple Blossom-G1ZenyattaBrownie PointsGinger Punch1:42.64
View Details04/08/06OP91 1/16 mD04+ FApple Blossom-G1Spun SugarHappy TicketLa Reason1:42.59
View DetailsView Video04/03/04OP91 1/16 mD04+ FApple Blossom-G1AzeriWild SpiritStar Parade1:41.24
View DetailsView Video04/05/03OP81 1/16 mD04+ FApple Blossom-G1AzeriTake Charge LadyMandy's Gold1:43.00
View DetailsView Video04/06/02OP111 1/16 mD04+ FApple Blossom-G1AzeriAffluentMiss Linda1:42.75
View Details04/12/96OP91 1/16 mD04+ FApple Blossom-G1Twice The ViceHalo AmericaSerena's Song1:41.71
View Details04/19/89OP91 1/16 mD04+ FApple Blossom-G1BayakoaGoodbye HaloInvited Guest1:41.60
View Details04/16/86OP91 1/16 mD04+ FApple Blossom-G1Love SmittenLady's SecretSefa's Beauty1:40.40
View Details04/02/75OP81 70yD04+ FApple BlossomSusan's GirlTruchasMatuta1:42.40