By Emily Shields
Three stakes races adorn the Friday card at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas, with the $165,000 Arkansas Breeders’ Championship Stakes the first of them as Race 7. The 1 1/16-mile race drew 11 runners, with Man in the Can parked on the outside. The three-year-old son of Can the Man is taking on elders after winning the Rainbow Stakes here April 17 over six furlongs. This will be his first start around two turns, but trainer Ron Moquett has Joel Rosario back aboard.
K J’s Nobility is coming off two straight wins, including a stakes victory here on March 28. Cecil Borel trains the son of Primary Suspect, who will have Calvin aboard. He is six for 14 over the course and was second in his only try at the distance. The six-year-old will close from mid pack, and will look to do better than his second-place effort last year.
Souixper Charger is a four-year-old gelding by Portobello Road. He is coming off an allowance win over the trip on April 16, scoring by three lengths. He gets a rider change to Martin Garcia for this, and has been top three in three of four starts since a 13-month layoff.
Hamazing Vision has won two in a row. The Turf Paradise import is trained by Robertino Diodoro and started his career in this area, breaking his maiden here at the $20,000 level last March. Tyler Baze will ride the son of Hamazing Destiny.
Prospector Fever has won two of his last three starts, but both of those were on the grass at Sam Houston. He was third in allowance company here behind Souixper Charger last out.
J. E.’s Handmedown was fourth behind K J’s Nobility last out, but has won four times here and been top three nine times in 15 tries. He was fourth in this race last year, with Bandit Point finishing ahead of him third. Bandit Point drew stall 9 for trainer Robert Cline.
There are six stakes races at Oaklawn Park this weekend, and all will be available to watch and wager live with TVG.