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Arkansas Derby Worktab Heats Up....


Busy Morning at Oaklawn

Arkansas Derby horses recorded their final workouts for the race over a fast surface today at Oaklawn Park.

Whitmore, in company with stablemate Regulatory, went a half-mile in :48.80 for trainer/co-owner Ron Moquett. Moquett opted to work Whitmore just after the track opened, rather than a 15-mintue window reserved for Racing Festival of the South candidates immediately after the renovation break.

“It was the cliché work,” Moquett said. “Perfect. Exactly what we needed.”

Whitmore finished second in both the Southwest Stakes and Rebel Stakes.

Breezing after the break were Southwest winner Suddenbreakingnews and Discreetness, who won the Smarty Jones Stakes in January.

Suddenbreakingnews went a half-mile in :48.40 for trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel. Discreetness went three furlongs out of the gate in :36.40 for trainer Jinks Fires.

Discreetness is coming off seventh-place finishes in the Southwest and Rebel.

“I just want to put him on his toes,” Fires said before the work. “He needs to break better.”

In addition to those three definites, three others under consideration for the Arkansas Derby worked after the break Saturday morning.

Dazzling Gem covered a half-mile in :49.40 for trainer Brad Cox, Tisdale went a half-mile in :49.60 for Moquett and Cutacorner went five furlongs in 1:01.20 for Jack Van Berg.

Dazzling Gem won his first two career starts this year at Oaklawn before finishing third in the Louisiana Derby. He was scheduled to run in the Rebel, but re-routed to the Louisiana Derby after a foot abscess delayed his training.

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