Oaklawn Mile 2023: Hopper gets 1st victory outside California

Hopper comes out on top after a prolonged stretch duel with Caddo River to take the Grade 3 Oaklawn Mile 2023

Oaklawn Mile

Grade 3 – Purse $400,000 – 1 mile – Dirt – 4-Year-Olds and Up

It was 55/1 longshot Atoka who moved from his wide draw to cut across and lead into the clubhouse turn with Hero Status second and the eventual winner HOPPER sitting in a nice position in the two-lane in third spot.

The pace was strong down the backstretch, and the field was covered by seven lengths with the chalk Smile Happy one from the back.

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As they exited the far turn, Atoka backed out and Hopper and Caddo River went to the front, while in behind Smile Happy hit traffic problems.

Caddo River and Hopper set down for the duel, and it was Caddo River a head in front, but Hopper would not give way and forged clear with a sixteenth to run and win by a length and three-quarters from  Caddo River in second and the unlucky Smile Happy who stormed home late for third spot.

They finished clear of Hero Status in the fourth.

Oaklawn Mile 2023 Payouts

HorseWinPlaceShow
1. Hopper$4.80$3.00$2.20
2. Caddo River $5.00$2.60
3. Smile Happy  $2.10

WINNING TIME: 1 min 37.63 secs

Temperence Hill

Stakes – Purse $150,000 – 1 1/2 miles – Dirt – 4-Year-Olds And Upwards

Calibrate causes a 30/1 shock to mow down the two market principals Lone Rock and Warrant to take out the Temperence Hill Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

This looked like a two-horse race on paper and that is how it was on the boards with Warrant and Lone Rock both inseparable at 6/4.

It was the big two that went to the front with Warrant leading his old rival Lone Rock content to sit in a stalking second under Vazquez with the rest of the field, headed by eventual winner CALIBRATE, content to sit three lengths further back.

The pace was modest, and as they reached the end of the backstretch, it was here that Prat asked the leader to increase the tempo, and Lone Rock went with him while the others were caught for speed.

As they set down for the drive to the wire, Lone Rock took over but Calibrate moved up in the three-lane and soon challenged and went on by the two long-time leaders to win going away by a length and a quarter at the wire.

Lone Rock ran well for second after the long layoff with Warrant holding third with the rest not landing a blow.

Temperence Hill Payouts

HorseWinPlaceShow
1. Calibrate$62.60$14.40$4.60
2. Lone Rock $3.80$2.40
3. Warrant  $2.40

WINNING TIME: 2 min 31.79 secs

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