04/11/2014 8:09PM

Close Hatches wires Apple Blossom


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Close Hatches signaled that she would be a force in the filly-mare ranks this year, as the 4-year-old filly won her second consecutive graded stakes race in the Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park on Friday. She wired the field by 1 1/4 lengths in the Grade 1, $600,000 fixture, one start after winning her season opener in last month’s Grade 2, $200,000 Azeri.