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Oklahoma-bred Plum Gorgeous could be special; Snickerboxer’s number could be misleading at Oak

Warren Eves | February 2, 2017

By Warren Eves Sometimes a performance jumps off the page at you. That would be the case of a maiden $40,000 six-furlong dash January 26 at Oaklawn Park. Plum Gorgeous wired a field of eight impressively for red-hot trainer Federico Villafranco. Who knows [...]

Medal of Courage’s run leaves scribe in quandary; Diodoro making mink out of possum at Oaklawn

Warren Eves | January 25, 2017

By Warren Eves Sometimes it’s simply impossible to evaluate a good looking equine performance. Here’s what I was asking after watching Medal of Courage win a starter allowance Jan., 20 at Oaklawn Park. Did this newly claimed gelding have anyone behind him? Should I downgrade the race due to [...]

Conquest Twister tops Oaklawn Park’s highlight reel; The leggy Uncontested appears to have a bright future

Warren Eves | January 18, 2017

By Warren Eves The Canadian-bred Conquest Twister topped our highlight reel of Oaklawn Park’s first four days. Uncontested lived up to top billing in the featured Smarty Jones, but two races prior Conquest Twister was impressive in his own right. Our tedious process of video tape review [...]

Creator’s Arkansas win muddles Ky Derby picture; Here’s in depth video tape review of Oaklawn Derby

Warren Eves | April 16, 2016

By Warren Eves The Kentucky Derby became a bit muddled Saturday. Usually the Arkansas Derby brings a bit of clarity to the big dance. Not so on April 16 at Oaklawn Park. In the end a Win Star Farm split entry had a large say in [...]

California Chrome Posts 1st of Five Works for Gold Cup: Dubai-UAE Expert Cummings Says It’s Right Decision

Warren Eves | February 21, 2015

By Warren H. Eves California Chrome recorded his first of five workouts for the Dubai World Cup on Saturday at Los Alamitos Race Course in California. Victor Espinoza was up as Art Sherman’s charge covered 4-1/2 furlongs and got an official half-mile clocking of 48 seconds.  It was his [...]

Harry “The Hat” Hacek Ready To Compete Yet Again; Escaped Chicago’s Shady Side For Unmatched Run

Warren Eves | January 17, 2015

By Warren H. Eves “I am ready to compete at the major league level again and will await a worthy rider.” Those are the words of someone born and raised on the outskirts of the Chicago loop.  We’re talking about days when a young man could easily aspire to [...]

Last Minute Lucy and Daniel O’Callaghan Catch Eye; Bhawansigh Another Trainer To Monitor At Woodbine

Warren Eves | May 1, 2014

By Warren Eves I’m baffled. After watching the replay of race one at Woodbine on April 25 I realized this race could be telling. A filly named Last Minute Lucy, 2-to-1 on the morning line, wired the field.  She had exhibited speed in all four starts [...]

Shadwell Has Promising Filly Prospect In Mufajaah; She Romps In First Two Turn Try at Oaklawn Park

Warren Eves | March 27, 2014

By Warren Eves Shadwell Stable’s Mufajaah is one of the big developments at the Oaklawn Park meet. Purchased for $375,000 the three-year-old Tapit filly literally toyed with a field of seven on a drying out track March 23. She was bounced around between foes after the [...]

Apprentice Arny Fontanez May Have Magical Touch; Wins With Filly Who Had Not Been Competitive at CRC

Warren Eves | March 10, 2014

By Warren Eves Sometimes it’s impossible to explain why a horse suddenly becomes competitive. We mention this because of a horse named Run Gia Run. In her sixth start, after showing absolutely zip, Run Gia Run won the third at Calder Race Course on Feb., 21. [...]

To Follow Or Not To Follow A Horse The Question; Pagets Added To Playback List Despite Key Factors

Warren Eves | February 5, 2014

By Warren Eves Sometimes even hardened handicappers are left scratching their heads. That would be the case after I reviewed the graduation run of Steve Asmussen’s Pagets.  He won on Feb., 1 at the Fairgrounds. Basic handicapping rule No #1 says statistics have proven beyond a [...]