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Oaklawn Park: Oxbow firm for Arkansas Derby
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Oxbow will make his next start in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn on April 13, trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Tuesday. The horse had been possible for the race after finishing second in the Rebel. Before that start, Oxbow traveled twice to Fair Grounds from his Oaklawn base and ran a close fourth in the Grade 2 Risen Star and won the Grade 3 Lecomte.
"Oxbow is confirmed for the Arkansas Derby," said Lukas, who trains the horse for Calumet Farm. "We've settled on that."
Lukas said there were several reasons for the decision.
"He's shipped a couple of times. He's got a lot of seasoning. He doesn't need to find out if he can travel and run. We know he can," Lukas said. "And, he's a tough little rascal that needs probably another race just to keep him on the ground so he doesn't hit orbit. So, we'll keep him right here at home, walk out of his own stall, and we know he likes the racetrack."
Will Take Charge remains a strong possibility for the Grade 1, $750,000 Blue Grass at Keeneland on April 13, Lukas said. However, he said another option with the horse, who leads all 3-year-olds in points towards the Kentucky Derby with 60, is to train up to the May 4 classic at Churchill Downs.
"He's in a tremendous growth spurt right now," Lukas said of Will Take Charge. "Weekly, I think he grows an inch! He's like that kid that you wake up one day and all of the sudden he's six-foot-six. This horse is making such a growth spurt and he's maturing rapidly. I think he's headed in the right direction, big time."
Will Take Charge races for Willis D. Horton.
what is the pink color on will take charge's front left leg ? would that color come from ice bandages to help take away some pain ?
incredible greed here obviously wayne burning another out he will have zero horse left 4 derby i know the truth hurts
Mike Smith has a bunch of mounts that w/e. And no helicopter, nor plane, will get him to all those places Jon Court seems a logical fit for Oxbow. Good to see D. Wayne in the thick of things. Everyone comments on Bob Baffert and the quarters, but DWL was there long before.
Will DWL revert back to Jon Court on Oxbow, who had the mount prior to Mike Smith's last effort?
Oxbow reminds me of a horse trained by DWL, Proud Citizen.
did u hear something new verrazano to the fl derby
Lots of good closers this year in the mid-west! And the Florida Derby will be interesting - you have Verrazano on the lead, Itsmyluckyday running in the pace spot and Orb closing. Remember when Dunkirk couldn't cath Quality Road in the 2009 Fla Derby? He was the lone speed, but Verrazano will not get away that easily this year...
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