Oaklawn Park Barn Notes: Six Shooter Headed to Southwest Stakes

(Six Shooter winning the Big Drama Stakes at Delta Downs / Photo Courtesy of Oaklawn Park)

From the Oaklawn Park Media Team:

Six Shooter is being pointed for the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds Feb. 18 at Oaklawn, trainer Paul Holthus of Hot Springs said Sunday morning.

Six Shooter was beaten 1 ½ lengths in his last start, the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 25, a 1-mile race that is Oaklawn’s first of our major preps for the Kentucky Derby.

“He ran a good race,” Holthus said. “Kind of got sucked back around the turn a little bit. Was in a little tight quarters and sucked back out of there and probably lost a couple of lengths when he first turned up the backside. Then he made a run down the lane and I thought he was at least finishing. Looking like more ground wouldn’t hurt him.”

A gelded son of Trappe Shot, Six Shooter races for Holthus and wife Nancy (N P H Stable), Dundalk 5 LLC (Tim Kindlon) and Wes Herek. Claimed for $20,000 out of his Sept. 20 career debut at Churchill Downs, Six Shooter broke his maiden Oct.17 at Indiana Grand, was a Nov. 25 allowance winner at Churchill Downs and won the $75,000 Big Drama Stakes Jan. 5 at Delta Downs. He has a 3-0-3 record from eight career starts and earnings of $131,350.

Nominations to the 1 1/16-mile Southwest close Thursday. Other locally based horses pointing for the Southwest, include Gray Attempt and Super Steed, first and seventh, respectively, in the Smarty Jones.

Looking Ahead

Power Gal will continue through Oaklawn’s Kentucky Oaks prep series following her victory in Saturday’s $125,000 Martha Washington Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, trainer Mark Casse said immediately following the 1-mile race.

The Japanese-bred Power Gal earned 10 Kentucky Oaks qualifying points for her half-length victory under David Cohen in her 2019 debut.

Power Gal, a daughter of Empire Maker owned by Gary Barber, is among four horses on the grounds for Casse, who won the 2017 Arkansas Derby with champion Classic Empire. That number should grow in coming weeks, Casse said Saturday afternoon.

“We don’t have a lot of horses there right now, but as the year goes on we’re going to send some of the best horses we have here to run because it’s such a great stakes program,” the Florida-based Casse said. “Just a great program. It was nice to get this one, but we’ll be sending more.”

Power Gal, who was making her stakes debut, won for the second time in four starts to raise her career earnings to $126,370.

Oaklawn’s Kentucky Oaks prep series continues with the $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) March 9 and the $500,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) April 12. Both races are 1 1/16 miles.

The $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) – the country’s biggest race for 3-year-old fillies – is May 3 at Churchill Downs.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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