HRT HIGHLIGHTS #53: Whitmore Stakes & More

In HRT we bring the latest information about horse racing. In this HRT Highlights #53, we will look at racing across the world starting with Oaklawn Park.

HRT Highlights #53

2023 Whitmore Stakes

The only graded stakes action of the week took place in Hot Springs Arkansas starting with the G3 Whitmore named for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion. 

Tejano Twist was 8th with only 2 furlongs to go as he angled five wide and cruised to a one and a half length victory under Francisco Arrieta for trainer Chris Hartman.  Miles ahead was second and Edge to Edge was third  

2023 Essex Handicap

In the G3 Essex, Hall of Famer D Wayne Lucas sent out Last Samurai for his third consecutive Oaklawn victory under Christian Torres. The 6-year-old sat just behind the speed and then rallied in the four path to over take the 2022 Belmont Stakes winner Classic Causeway.  Forza Di Oro got third  

Coming up this week is the 2023 Dubai World Cup

Coming up this week is the Dubai World Cup which is the feature event on the Meydan race card that has 9 graded races. 

The World Cup will feature Country Grammer who is looking to defend his championship and comes off at second place finish in the Saudi CupAlgiers who won a prep race here is the second choice and Saudi Cup winner Panthalassa will be the third choice. The field will feature 7 horses that train in Japan.

The Road to the Derby continues this weekend

There will be three Derby Prep races this week starting with the UAE Derby where Aiden O’Brien will send out Cairo against Bob Baffert trainee Worcester

In the Louisiana Derby, Brad Cox will send out Instant Coffee while Todd Pletcher will saddle Kingsbarns.

In New Mexico, the Sunland Derby will feature current Baffert trainee Fort Bragg against Hard to Figure now in the barn of Tim Yakteen.  All of the Derby preps are Win and You’re in so a spot in Churchill is at stake in all three preps.

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