Four-time Oaklawn Park leading owner Danny Caldwell hit a career milestone Wednesday when he won his 700th race at Remington Park, top 3-year-olds One Liner and Malagacy are working toward their 4-year-old campaigns and Belmont Stakes winner Alan Garcia will ride in his first meet in Hot Springs in 2018.
Caldwell, Oaklawn's leading owner the last four years, reached a career milestone when The Union Forever broke his maiden in Wednesday night's fifth race at Remington Park in Oklahoma City.
The Union Forever represented the 700th career thoroughbred victory for Caldwell, according to Equibase. Since running his first thoroughbred in 2003, the owner has won 700 of 3,341 starts and his horses have earned $13,486,974 in purse money.
Caldwell already set career highs this year for starts, 515; victories, 127; and purse earnings, $2,914,993. Caldwell ranked eighth nationally in victories in 2014, 105; fourth in 2015, 117; and fifth last year, 115. He ranks fourth this year.
His 32 victories make him the runaway leader in the owner standings at Remington Park as he nears his fourth consecutive personal triple crown. Caldwell has topped the owner standings on his annual circuit of Oaklawn, Prairie Meadows and Remington Park every year since 2014.
Caldwell has 98 career victories at Oaklawn since 2008, with all but 12 coming in the last four years. He won 24 races in 2014, 18 in 2015, 22 in 2016 and 22 in 2017.
His private trainer is Federico Villafranco. Ramon Vazquez, who rode The Union Forever, is Caldwell's go-to jockey.
Oaklawn stakes winners One Liner and Malagacy returned to the work tab earlier this month in south Florida in preparation for their 4-year-old campaigns.
Unbeaten One Liner, who has not raced since a victory in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes Feb. 20 at Oaklawn, had three published works in November. The last was a half-mile move in 51.79 seconds Monday at Palm Beach Downs. The son of Into Mischief is 3-for-3 in his career.
Owner Staton Flurry, of Hot Springs, purchased a full brother to One Liner earlier this year after the colt RNA'd for $290,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Flurry said the colt has been named Trivista after the Hot Springs neighborhood where he grew up adjacent to Oaklawn.
Flurry said Five O One has resumed training and is pointing for a second-level allowance sprint for Arkansas-breds Jan. 28 at Oaklawn. Five O One captured the $100,000 Rainbow Stakes for 3-year-old Arkansas-bred colts and geldings last March at Oaklawn.
Malagacy, who has not since a fifth-place finish in the $1 million Arkansas Derby on April 15, worked 3 furlongs in 39 2/5 seconds Monday at Palm Beach Downs. Malagacy won his first three career starts, including the $900,000 Rebel Stakes on March 18, before suffering his first loss in the Arkansas Derby. He is a son of Preakness winner Shackleford.
Belmont Stakes-winning jockey Garcia plans spend his first winter riding at Oaklawn, according to his agent Donnie Richardson. Garcia is currently among the top 10 riders at Woodbine, which concludes its meet Dec. 10.
"It's been a while since I've been there, but I've always had good luck at Oaklawn," Richardson said. "And Alan and I have worked together before and had good luck. We're looking forward to be there."
Garcia, a 32-year-old native of Peru, won the 2008 Belmont aboard longshot Da'Tara. Other top mounts include 2007 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Lahudood and Grade 1 winners Real Solution, Willy Beamin, Emcee, Stately Victory, Girolamo, Acoma, Swift Temper, Dyanforce, Divine Park and Visionaire.
Following a fall break, multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Terra Promessa will prepare for her 5-year-old campaign at Fair Grounds, according to owner/breeder Stonestreet Stables LLC. Terra Promessa has won four Oaklawn stakes races for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, including the $400,000 Fantasy in 2016.
Oaklawn's first stakes race for older fillies and mares in 2018 is the $150,000 Bayakoa Feb. 17, a race Terra Promessa won this year.
Among the Oaklawn-raced horses entered in Saturday's Claiming Crown at Gulfstream Park is Ship Disturber in the $110,000 Express, a 6-furlong race restricted to runners that have started for a claiming price of $8,000 or less in their lifetime. Ship Disturber has won seven races this year, including two at Oaklawn.
Sports on 12/01/2017
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