$75,000 Arkansas Breeders’ Stakes Headlines Oaklawn Card

$75,000 Arkansas Breeders’ Stakes Headlines Oaklawn Card

Category : News - Thu 26/03/2015 - 20:34 EDT

The $75,000 Arkansas Breeders’ Stakes is the featured race on the Friday, March 27 card at Oaklawn Park, with ten state-bred horses set to contest the 1 1/16 mile event on the main track.

Trace Creek, the 8/5 morning line favorite, is dropping considerably in class for trainer Kenny McPeek after running in a pair of grade 3 stakes races on turf in his last two starts.  The five year-old son of Harperstown finished second in the Grade 3 Connally Stakes at Sam Houston January 24 before running eighth in the Grade 3 Fair Grounds Handicap.  Trace Creek has won 5 of 16 career starts, including 3 for 7 on dirt – all over the Oaklawn Park surface.  McPeek connects with 18% of his turf to dirt starters.  Regular jockey Chris Landeros will be aboard breaking from post four. 

Filly in deeper waters  

Pistolpackinpenny (4/1) acquitted herself nicely against state-bred fillies while winning a listed stakes race sprinting March 6 at Oaklawn, but will have to handle the added distance while facing the boys.  In three career starts at the 1 1/16 mile distance, Pistolpackinpenny is winless in three starts.  Regular jockey Jon Court takes the mount for trainer William Fires breaking from post seven.    

Mallard’s Bro with huge shot  

Mallard’s Bro (7/2) could get overlooked in the wagering after being well-beaten over a sloppy track March 8 while facing listed stakes foes in a sprint race.  The Al Cates trainee has been better routing throughout his career and may not have cared for the off-going.  Ricardo Santana will ride breaking from post ten.     

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