Razorback, Oaklawn Handicap Next Races for Far Right

Razorback, Oaklawn Handicap Next Races for Far Right
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Moquett said multiple stakes winner Far Right emerged in good order from his neck victory in Thursday’s eighth race, a conditioned allowance/optional claimer for older horses at 1 1/16 miles.


The victory snapped a five-race losing streak for Far Right, who won the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes and $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) at last year’s Oaklawn meeting before running second to American Pharoah in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1).


Reunited Thursday with three-time Oaklawn riding champion Ricardo Santana Jr., the late-running Far Right overcame a dawdling pace to nip front-running Abraham at the wire.


“The jock felt confident and didn’t have to use him too much,” Moquett said. “It all worked out good.”


Moquett was using the race as a prep for the $350,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) March 19 at Oaklawn. The Razorback is the final major local prep for the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) April 16, which is Far Right’s major spring objective.


The Notional ridgling is co-owned by Harry Rosenblum and Robert LaPenta.


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Call Pat worked a half-mile in :49.20 Saturday morning at Oaklawn in preparation for the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) March 19. Call Pat won the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) Feb. 14 at Oaklawn in her last start. … Multiple graded stakes winner Sarah Sis worked a half-mile in :49.80 just after the track opened Saturday morning at Oaklawn for trainer Ingrid Mason. Sarah Sis is under consideration for the Azeri and the $200,000 Inside Information Stakes (G2) March 19 at Gulfstream Park. Mason said Friday morning that she was leaning toward the Inside Information. … Subtle Indian worked a half-mile in :49.20 Saturday morning at Oaklawn for trainer Robertino Diodoro in preparation for next Saturday’s $100,000 Hot Springs Stakes for older sprinters. … Trainer Gerald Brooks, a recent arrival at Oaklawn, has his first scheduled starter of the meeting in Saturday’s fifth race with Ore Pass. Brooks, who is based in the Mid-Atlantic region, set career highs for victories (53) and purse earnings ($1,031,744) last year, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. Another recent training arrival is Garry Simms. … The now-retired The Big Beast, an allowance winner in his 2015 debut at Oaklawn, was named Maryland-bred Horse of the Year in an annual poll conducted by the Maryland Breeders Association. Following his Oaklawn victory, The Big Beast finished second in the $350,000 Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) and $700,000 Forego Stakes (G1) last summer at Saratoga. The Big Beast is now standing at Ocala Stud in Florida.

Source: Oaklawn Park

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