It’s Molly, by golly, in a romp — Even money favorite Ile St. Molly, bred and owned by North Little Rock businessman James Glover, made it look easy in winning the $60,000 Rainbow Miss Stakes on Friday afternoon at Oaklawn Park.
Oxbow, ‘Charge’ get work HOT SPRINGS — Thursday morning at Oaklawn Park, Will Take Charge and Oxbow recorded their first workouts since finishing 1-2, respectively, in the $600,000 Grade II Rebel Stakes for 3-year-olds March 16.
FOOTBALL Changes at Searcy, Shiloh Christian Newport Coach Jeromy Poole is leaving after two seasons to become coach at Searcy. Poole, a former Greenwood assistant, replaces Tim Harper, who recently left to become coach at Mena. Shiloh Christian has promoted Austin Tucker to offensive coordinator to replace Rod Washington, who was recently named wide receivers coach at Bentonville. Tucker previously coached running backs and tight ends at Shiloh.
Schools in the state’s two largest high school athletic classifications have voted to simplify the playoff qualification process during the 2014-2016 cycle.
‘Perfect Star’ huffs, puffs, still unbeaten HOT SPRINGS — Jan’s Perfect Star is still perfect.
Morse still pondering Breeders’ HOT SPRINGS — Jan’s Perfect Star is scheduled to make her stakes and twoturn debut in the $60,000 Arkansas’ Breeders’ (female division) today at Oaklawn Park.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas and owner Willis Horton of Marshall are on a roll.
HOT SPRINGS — A young Panamanian is poised to win the riding title this season at Oaklawn Park.
Trainer piles up options HOT SPRINGS — Trainer D. Wayne Lukas could have as many as four starters in the Kentucky Derby on May 4 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
Trainer weighs options HOT SPRINGS — Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Thursday morning that Will Take Charge could train up to the Kentucky Derby on May 4 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
Lukas plots itinerary on Derby trail — Will Take Charge and Oxbow emerged in good shape physically from Saturday’s $600,000 Grade II Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Sunday morning.
Hall of Fame trainer takes charge with 1-2 finish
HOT SPRINGS — All he needed was a pretty day.
Leg injury sidelines Big Lute HOT SPRINGS — The promising Big Lute is off the Arkansas Derby trail because of a leg injury, said Alex Lieblong of Conway, who owns the Midnight Lute colt with wife JoAnn.
HOT SPRINGS — Tiz Miz Sue overhauled Don’t Tell Sophia on the outside approaching the sixteenth pole en route to a 1 ¼ -length in the $150,000 Grade III Azeri Stakes for older fillies and mares Saturday afternoon at Oaklawn Park.
Trainer banks on Bill’s ability to run two turns
This is one Treasury Bill trainer Ron Ellis said he hopes matures quickly.
Azeri just start for Aurelia — The champion is ready to rumble.
Although she’s all ears, Don’t Tell Sophia must not have heard her sales price.
Robertson piling up victories HOT SPRINGS — The “Mac Attack” continued Thursday afternoon at Oaklawn Park when trainer Mac Robertson saddled his meet-high 19th winner in the fourth race.
Full field pointing to Rebel HOT SPRINGS — Oaklawn Park racing secretary Pat Pope listed 13 probables and three possibles for Saturday’s $600,000 Grade II Rebel Stakes for 3-year-olds.
Unbeaten will wait for stakes HOT SPRINGS — Unbeaten Awesome Mama will have to wait a couple more weeks before making her stakes debut.
HOT SPRINGS — Charles Cella can write the check to himself.
HOT SPRINGS — Calvin Borel didn’t have to wait nearly as long for his 5,001st career victory as he did for No. 5,000.
Borel gets back into a routine HOT SPRINGS — Calvin Borel was back at work Friday morning at Oaklawn Park, a day after becoming only the 26th jockey in North American history to reach 5,000 career victories.
HOT SPRINGS — Flashy Gray’s arrival Tuesday at Oaklawn Park was bittersweet for trainer Lon Wiggins.
Pope: 14 expected for Rebel — Oaklawn Park racing secretary Pat Pope said Thursday morning that as many as 16 horses are under consideration for the $600,000 Grade II Rebel Stakes for 3-year-olds March 16.
Twenty was the lucky number.
Seventh in a series previewing the 2013 inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame The late John Outlaw was never a college football head coach, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t recruit. Outlaw, a 2013 Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame inductee, was assembling his staff at Sherman (Texas) High School in the spring of 1988 when he returned to Arkansas to convince Todd Quick to become the school’s linebackers coach. Outlaw had just left Arkadelphia High School after nine highly successful seasons with the Badgers, punctuated by state championships in 1979 and 1987.
Mc-Dowell Farm has been on a roll in recent years, breeding, or breeding in partnership, multiple stakes winner Comedero and Strong Suit, who competed in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Mile.
Jeremy Jacobs glance AGE 73 BORN Buffalo, N.Y. RESIDES East Aurora, N.Y. OCCUPATION Chairman and chief executive officer of Delaware North Companies, which owns Southland Park Gaming & Racing in West Memphis; owner of NHL’s Boston Bruins NOTEWORTHY Has a net worth, according to Forbes, of $2.7 billion, ranking him No. 527 of the world’s billionaires, according to the business magazine. … Chairs the NHL’s board of governors. … Is an alumnus of the University of Buffalo’s School of Management and the Harvard School of Business Advanced Management Program.
Etching plan for Carve — Unbeaten Carve is pointing for the $600,000 Grade II Rebel Stakes for 3-year-olds March 16 at Oaklawn Park, owner Mike Langford of Jonesboro said.
Another stakes race at Oaklawn Park, another form-reversal winner for trainer Steve Asmussen.
Devious d’Oro has already done something the most famous daughter of Medaglia d’Oro couldn’t — win her career debut.
Hobby reaches milestone — Trainer Steve Hobby of Hot Springs saddled his 1,000th career winner when Arkansas-owned Ruthless Empire won the seventh race Friday afternoon at Oaklawn Park.
In a perfect world, Titletown Five would have made his highly anticipated 2013 debut Feb. 3, the same day the Green Bay Packers would have played in Super Bowl XLVII.
Jockey stalled at 4,999 — How slow has Calvin Borel’s quest for 5,000 career victories become?
It could be March for Borel — The Calvin Borel watch is about to enter a new month.
Borel tries luck with brother — The Calvin Borel watch has stretched at least one more day after his two scheduled mounts Saturday afternoon at Oaklawn Park were scratched.
The Arkansas State Racing Commission voted 4-1 on Saturday morning to void a $5,000 claim made Feb. 10 by trainer Steve Asmussen on behalf of owner Mike Langford of Jonesboro, even though the claim didn’t meet the new Oaklawn Park criteria for invalidation.
Borel still stuck on No. 4,999 — Same race, same result.
FOOTBALL Waymire takes over at Trumann Carlisle Coach Scott Waymire was named Trumann’s new coach Thursday night. Waymire was 71-18-1 in seven seasons at Class 2A Carlisle, highlighted by an appearance in the state championship game in 2011. Waymire replaces Greg White, who resigned following the 2012 season.
5,000th eluding Borel — Jockey Calvin Borel’s day is coming, but it just wasn’t on this dreary, cold day at Oaklawn Park.
Classix pays out $548,553 — One may be the loneliest number, but not in this instance.
It would be easy to say that he takes the money and runs.
Oaklawn lucrative checkpoint on Derby road
Lynn Whiting didn’t hesitate when asked if Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has the horse to beat in the $300,000 Grade III Southwest Stakes for 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park.
Hobby tries Lukas-like maneuver — Big Lute has been the most impressive maiden winner this year at Oaklawn Park to date, cruising to a 4 3/4-length victory in his Feb. 1 debut sprinting.
Borel, 0 for 2, denied HOT SPRINGS — Jockey Calvin Borel will have to wait a little longer for his 5,000th career victory after finishing out of the money with two mounts Saturday afternoon at Oaklawn Park.
Don’t Tell Sophia this, but she’s really good on dirt.
Jockey, stuck at 4,999 for 51 days, gets 2 cracks at milestone victory
It’s been four years since Rachel Alexandra, three years since Super Saver and 51 days since he’s even ridden in a race.
Big Lute building off debut — Dazzling debut winner Big Lute will make his second career start in the $300,000 Grade III Southwest Stakes for 3-year-olds Monday afternoon at Oaklawn Park, trainer Steve Hobby of Hot Springs said.
Danele Durham is doing it her way, particularly when it involves her big horse.