Oaklawn Racing Secretary Pat Pope listed nine early probables Saturday morning for the $300,000 (G3) Southwest Stakes Feb. 16, Presidents Day. The 1 1/16-mile Southwest is the second major local major prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11.
Texas Two Step, an impressive debut winner at the 2014 Oaklawn meeting, worked a half-mile in :49.80 Saturday morning. The 4-year-old colt had been based at Fair Grounds, but recently returned to his original trainer, Kellyn Gorder, at Oaklawn. … American Beauty runner-up Spring Included worked five furlongs in 1:02.60 Saturday morning in preparation for the $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes Feb. 21. … Two-time defending riding champion Ricardo Santana Jr. rode five winners Friday, one short of the single-day Oaklawn record shared by Pat Day and Larry Snyder. Santana’s agent, Ruben Munoz, also represents Ramon Vazquez, who rode five winners Jan. 25. … One of Santana’s five winners Friday, Heykittykittykitty, represented the 500th career victory for trainer Ron Moquett. … Trainer Allen Milligan won a 19-way shake to claim Friday third-race winner Maryjean for $5,000.
Source: Oaklawn Park Barn Notes