Breeders’ Cup Alums in Oaklawn Mile
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By Emily Shields for TVG
A big Saturday of racing at Oaklawn Park is headed by two stakes races, including the $150,000 Oaklawn Mile. The flat mile dirt race for older males drew an impressive field of 14, including three horses exiting the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1), Mr. Money, Improbable, and Snapper Sinclair.
Mr. Money went on a tear last year, winning four consecutive Grade 3 events at Churchill Downs, Indiana Downs, and Mountaineer. He was the second choice in the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby but finished second, beaten a neck. He faced elders in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and ran seventh for trainer Bret Calhoun. The son of Goldencents – himself a Breeders’ Cup winner – has been off since then, but has worked nine times in preparation for this.
Improbable drew the outside post. The flashy son of City Zip, a $200,000 purchase, is trained by Bob Baffert and was last seen running fifth in the Dirt Mile. He was fourth as the favorite in that Pennsylvania Derby (G1), but earlier in his career won the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) and the Shared Belief Stakes over this trip of a mile. He has run here twice and been second both times. Drayden Van Dyke will ride.
Popular Snapper Sinclair ran fourth in the Dirt Mile as a 40-1 shot. The son of City Zip is a winner over the course, and has been top three five times in seven tries here. He was second in the Essex Handicap on March 14, and although he doesn’t win often he has been in the money 13 times, with two wins over a mile. Florent Geroux will ride.
A lot of eyes will be on Tom’s D’Etat. The seven-year-old son of Smart Strike makes his 2020 debut here after winning both the Clark (G1) and the Fayette (G2) at the end of last year. He has not run over this course in his 16-race career, but did win his lone try at a mile in 2018. Tom’s d’Etat seeks his 10th win and will have partner Joel Rosario back aboard.
Long Range Toddy hasn’t won in a year, but that win came over Improbable in the Rebel Stakes (G2) in March, 2019. The son of Take Charge Indy will make his first start for Dallas Stewart after switching over from the barn of Steve Asmussen. He has been top three in seven of his 12 starts, but has been no better than third in a year.
Pioneer Spirit has run here three times this winter, with a win in the Fifth Season Stakes, then a fourth in the Grade 3 Razorback and a third in the Essex Handicap. The son of Malibu Moon is trained by Robertino Diodoro and seeks his 13th win. He has won three of 10 starts at the distance, and won three in a row from November to January.
Slick Silver, Boldor, M G Warrior, Bankit, Home Run Trick, Lord Guinness, Kershaw, and Fight On complete the field. Watch the Oaklawn Mile and its accompanying stakes race, the $200,000 Oaklawn Stakes, live on TVG.
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