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ice, rain, snow, cold or shine sounds like everyone's having a good time down there - uh would it be wrong for me to hope this weekend gets cancelled again and they have to run like 25 races all on President's Day the 15th (am conveniently scheduled off work hmmm)
In the aftermath of losing three racing days to the wintry storm, which severely attacked the mid-section of America from coast-to-coast, Oaklawn now readies for two significant weeks of racing, including key stakes events for three-year-olds and older runners.
Highlighting this week at Oaklawn will be Friday’s re-scheduled $50,000 King Cotton Stakes, followed by the $100,000 Essex Handicap on Saturday.The King Cotton, originally carded on the program lost to weather on Saturday, January 30, will be run on Friday and is still likely to bring out such starts as Mike Langford’s millionaire, Jonesboro, and Butzow and Westrock Stable’s talented Hamazing Destiny in a six furlongs sizzler.The King Cotton will highlight a ten-race card with first post time at 1:30 p.m.
On Saturday a group of popular Oaklawn stars are aiming for a return to the Oaklawn winner’s circle in the Essex Handicap. The mile-and-a-sixteenth event starts off the distance series for older horses and should include the last two winners, both from the barn of trainer Jinks Fires, Prom Shoes (2009) and Spotsgone (2008).That popular twosome should be joined by Jer-Mar Stable’s Win Willy, longshot winner of the 2009 Rebel at Oaklawn and impressive victor in a prep for the Essex on January 21.
A three-day break follows Super Bowl Sunday, after which Oaklawn runs a five-day week, which concludes with the annual President’s Day holiday weekend.From a stakes race standpoint, the kickoff of that weekend will be the feature on Saturday, February 13, the $75,000 Martha Washington Stakes, for three-year-old fillies at one mile.The Martha Washington has been building a reputation as an important race for the sophomore filly set, thanks, in large part to the last two winner, Horse-of-the-Year, Rachel Alexandra, (2009) and Eight Belles (2008).
Monday, February 15, will be President’s Day. Naturally the 45th running of the $250,000 Southwest Stakes, for three-year-olds at one mile, will attract the attention of racing aficionados from coast-to-coast, but for the many on hand, the $55,000 progressive cash giveaway will create major excitement. Added to the chance to see some of the finest three-year-olds in training, including Smarty Jones stakes-winner, Dryfly, the President’s Day action annually brings out one of the largest crowds of the season.
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