Competitive Field of Seven Set for $250,000 Razorback Handicap
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Thu 12/03/2015 - 14:33 EDT
On Saturday at Oaklawn Park, the track will host the 56th running of the $250,000 Razorback Handicap. A Grade 3 event, the mile and a sixteenth contest has drawn a field of seven colts and geldings.
Steve Asmussen will saddle Tapiture as the favorite at odds of 5-2 on the morning line. Bred and owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds, the four-year-old son of Tapit has won four of his twelve starts including the Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park as a sophomore. He was last seen finishing a game second to Goldencents in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) and has been training steadily for his first start of the year. Ricardo Santana, Jr. has the mount from the rail.
Ride on Curlin has home-track advantage
Second choice at 3-1 on the morning line is Ride on Curlin, a locally-based horse trained by William Gowan. A four-year-old son of Curlin purchased for $25,000 as a yearling, he has won three of his fourteen starts and was second in the Preakness Stakes (G1) last year. He returned in January off of a layoff with an allowance win an Oaklawn and was last seen finishing second in the Essex Handicap. Jon Court will remain aboard and they will break from post seven.
Lightly-raced Race Day going for first stakes win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 7-2 is Race Day for trainer Todd Pletcher. A four-year-old son of Tapit, he has been on the board in all six career starts and has three victories to his credit. He will be attempting to earn the first stakes win of his career and was last seen finishing third in the Fred W. Hooper Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream. He has had a recent bullet workout and will break from post position five under John Velazquez.
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