Bravazo, Snapper Sinclair lead Oaklawn's split Fifth Season Stakes

Oaklawn Barn Notes
January 20, 2020 05:03pm

Oaklawn Park, which made history last year when it separated the $1 million Rebel Stakes (G2) into two $750,000 divisions, is kicking off its 2020 season with another significant stakes split.

On Saturday, Oaklawn will stage the 31st running of the $100,000 Fifth Season as two $100,000 races due to the large number of older horses entered.

“We are thrilled to be able to start the 2020 season with a bang by splitting a stakes race so early in the meet,” said Oaklawn President Louis Cella. “We are honored to have so many older horses wanting to compete and look forward to a great day of racing.”

The two $100,000 Fifth Season Stakes races will both feature eight-horse fields, with well-known 5-year-olds Bravazo and Snapper Sinclair among the headliners.

Division 1

Division 2

Saturday's card will also be highlighted by the $100,000 Pippin Stakes, which drew a full field of 11 horses.

“Saturday of opening weekend is always a huge hit,” said Oaklawn General Manager Wayne Smith. “Our race fans love being able to join us in honoring the history of Oaklawn on the day we offer our famous corned beef sandwiches for just 50 cents. We hope to see everyone here this weekend with the $150,000 Smarty Jones on Friday and big races on Saturday and Sunday.” 

The Smarty Jones kicks off the live meet on Friday with a nine-horse field. It is also the first Kentucky Derby prep race of the season offering 17 total points towards qualifying for the Kentucky Derby.

“With our initial races filling up so quickly, we are confident that we have an amazing season ahead,” added Smith. “We recently completed an unprecedented completion of six new barns in addition to a multitude of improvements, enhancements, and refurbishments in the grandstand, which the fans will love. We are kicking off a new level of racing with everything we’ll be offering this year, and the full fields right off the bat show that the horsemen and the racing industry as a whole are as excited as we are about being at Oaklawn.”

Oaklawn’s 2020 live meet continues through Saturday, May 2. First posts for the opening three-day week of racing are 12:30 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.


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