WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing’s Quip made a successful return to Oaklawn, holding off Lone Sailor by a neck to win the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) for older horses before an estimated crowd of 45,000 on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

QUIP NARROW WINNER OF OAKLAWN HANDICAP


WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing’s Quip made a successful return to Oaklawn, holding off Lone Sailor by a neck to win the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) for older horses before an estimated crowd of 45,000 on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

MIDNIGHT BISOU LEADS SMALL, BUT MIGHTY APPLE BLOSSOM FIELD


A small, but select six-horse field is entered in the $750,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) Sunday at Oaklawn, a 1 1/16-event for older fillies and mares that highlights the first day of the track’s new “Stay Until May” racing calendar.

LADY APPLE SKIMS RAIL FOR MILD FANTASY UPSET


Phoenix Thoroughbreds III and KatieRich Stables’ Lady Apple used a ground saving trip to score a one-length victory at odds of 9-1 in Friday’s $500,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) before an on-track crowd of 17,000.

Barn Notes: The “Gray Horse” Could be Key to Arkansas Derby Pace


During a brief phone interview following Wednesday’s draw for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn, Bob Baffert touched on his post position – the Hall of Fame trainer wasn’t thrilled with the rail for 8-5 program favorite Improbable – then asked about the “gray horse.”

GRAY ATTEMPT RETURNS TO WINNING WAYS IN GAZEBO


Gray Attempt punched his Arkansas Derby ticket with a front-running 3 ¼-length victory over Hidden Ruler in the $125,000 Gazebo Stakes Saturday afternoon at Oaklawn.

Rebel Winners Exit Respective Races Well


Fox Hill Farm’s Omaha Beach emerged in good order from his nose victory in the second division of the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) at 1 1/16 miles and will be flown back to his Southern California base Tuesday, the colt’s Hall of Fame trainer, Richard Mandella, said in a text message Sunday morning.

FAVORITE MIDNIGHT BISOU WINS AZERI


Midnight Bisou charged to the lead in midstretch and held off Elate by a length to win the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) for older fillies and mares Saturday afternoon at Oaklawn.