'Flurry' of Oaklawn Park stakes may be in Exclamation Point's future

Oaklawn Barn Notes
December 03, 2019 03:47pm
'Flurry' of Oaklawn Park stakes may be in Exclamation Point's future
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Seeing snow in the Larry Snyder Winner’s Circle during the 2020 Oaklawn meeting will be a good thing for one owner.

Hot Springs, Ark., resident 
Staton Flurry, whose silks feature a prominent snowflake, said this week that he is scheduled to have roughly 10 horses on the grounds when the 2020 meeting begins Jan. 24.

Flurry’s contingent is expected to include Exclamation Point, runner-up in last year’s $250,000 Oaklawn Mile for older horses; Shedaresthedevil, a recently purchased 2-year-old stakes-placed filly; and Runaway Dream, an unstarted 2-year-old half-sister to the owner’s multiple stakes-winning grass runner Mr. Misunderstood.

“My goal is 10 wins, I think,10-12, and that could get us third in the standings,” Flurry said.

Flurry won four races at the 2019 Oaklawn meeting and another in partnership with Steve and Brandi Nicholson, co-owners of Exclamation Point, unraced since a sixth-place finish in the $200,000 West Virginia Governor’s Stakes (G3) Aug. 3 at Mountaineer. Flurry said Exclamation Point, a half-brother to champion and 2017 Arkansas Derby winner Classic Empire, is at WinStar Farm in Kentucky in advance of an expected 5-year-old campaign.

“I still think he’s a stakes winner,” Flurry said. “He’s proven that he can run with some of the best. He’s proven that he likes Oaklawn.”

Flurry purchased Shedaresthedevil for $280,000 at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale. Previously based in Southern California with trainer Simon Callaghan, Shedaresthedevil finished third in the $200,000 Sorrento Stakes (G2) Aug. 3 at Del Mar and second as the favorite in her last start, the $75,000 Anoakia Stakes Oct. 13 at Santa Anita. Flurry said he owns Shedaresthedevil in partnership with Qatar Racing, which has campaigned, among others, European star Roaring Lion and Grade 1 winner Peace and War.

Shedaresthedevil is a candidate for the $150,000 Martha Washington Stakes Feb. 1 at Oaklawn, Flurry said.

Runaway Dream, by Jimmy Creed, could debut in February, Flurry said, after suffering a physical setback (corneal infection).

Other Flurry runners include multiple stakes winner Recount, claimed for $62,500 Nov. 1 at Churchill Downs; Tiger Bait, unstarted since a runner-up finish in the $100,000 Rainbow Miss Stakes for 3-year-old Arkansas-bred female sprinters April 20 at Oaklawn; and Sturgill, an unstarted 2-year-old half-brother to stakes-winning Phat Man. Sturgill is named for country music artist Sturgill Simpson, Flurry said.

“I’m ready to start tomorrow,” said Flurry, whose primary trainers are Karl Broberg and Brad Cox.  

Flurry, 29, grew up in the historic Trivista neighborhood that abuts Oaklawn’s north parking lot. He and mother Dorothy own several parking lots adjacent to Oaklawn that fans use during the live season and manage approximately 100 rental properties around Hot Springs.

Staton Flurry started his first horse at the 2012 Oaklawn meeting. His Five O One – named for Hot Springs’ area code – won the $100,000 Rainbow Stakes for 3-year-old Arkansas-bred colts and geldings in 2017.

 

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