03/11/2014 11:16AM

Oaklawn Park: Close Hatches coming for Azeri

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Tom Keyser
Close Hatches, winning the Grade 1 Cotillion last year, runs Saturday in the Azeri and could return to Oaklawn for the Grade 1 Apple Blossom on April 11.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Close Hatches, the runner-up in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff, is scheduled to launch her 4-year-old season in the Grade 2, $200,000 Azeri at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, said her trainer, Bill Mott.

“We’re planning on coming,” Mott said Tuesday. “Our thinking coming to the Azeri is that if she would run well over the track, we might come back for the Apple Blossom.”

The Grade 1, $600,000 Apple Blossom, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares, is April 11.

Close Hatches, who races for Juddmonte Farms, was an Eclipse Award finalist for champion 3-year-old filly of 2013. She went 5 for 8 last year, among her wins the Grade 1 Mother Goose at Belmont Park and Grade 1 Cotillion at Parx. Mott said she was freshened following her runner-up finish in the Breeders’ Cup.

Joel Rosario has the mount on Saturday.

On Fire Baby, the winner of last year’s Apple Blossom, is scheduled to make her 5-year-old debut in the Azeri, trainer Gary Hartlage said. Others expected are Dixie Strike, Don’t Tell Sophia, Flashy American and Sister Ginger. Magic Union is being considered for the race, trainer John Sadler said Monday.

The field for the Grade 3, $200,000 Razorback, also at Oaklawn on Saturday, will include Fury Kapcori, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Monday.

Mark More than 1 year ago
Lmao !!!
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
In other news, What's up with Honor. Code?
Joan More than 1 year ago
To see her in person is to love her One beautiful lady.Go CH!!
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rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Mark
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Mark More than 1 year ago
Rahman lmao.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Pletcher, Pletcher, Pletcher. Does this guy know any other trainer. Now we should watch out for a one hit Wonder, who has not race in over 9 months. SMH.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Your mom.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Julia is back in training .
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Beholder will win third straight Eclipse award. Close Hatches and POS will get dusted again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't see Beholder beating CH or POS at 9f or longer anywhere outside of CA. Beholder's only chance to keep her championship streak going is beat them in the BC Distaff again at her home track. Beholder will not beat CH or POS outside of CA going 9f or longer. - The Keymaster
Mark More than 1 year ago
Only things dusted are your opinions .
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Had she not becpme ill last year missing key prep races to season her as well as training routinely...she may have gotten Eclipse. Was a tough assignment taking on Beholder at home with just one prep in Cotillion. This year may just peove her to be an elite type like Royal Delta who just retired. Best of luck.
Gunner More than 1 year ago
"Yeah, yeah, what I say. Someone has already betrayed me." - Mel Brooks