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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.