From the Oaklawn Park Media Team:
Seeing snowflakes in the Larry Snyder Winner’s Circle during the 2020 Oaklawn meeting will be a good thing for one owner.
Staton Flurry of Hot Springs, whose silks feature a prominent snowflake, said Monday morning that he is scheduled to have roughly 10 horses on the grounds when the 2020 meeting begins Jan. 24.
Flurry’s contingent is expected to include Exclamation Point, runner-up in last year’s $250,000 Oaklawn Mile for older horses; Shedaresthedevil, a recently purchased 2-year-old stakes-placed filly; and Runaway Dream, an unstarted 2-year-old half-sister to the owner’s multiple stakes-winning grass runner Mr. Misunderstood.
“My goal is 10 wins, I think,10-12, and that could get us third in the standings,” Flurry said.
Flurry won four races at the 2019 Oaklawn meeting and another in partnership with Steve and Brandi Nicholson, co-owners of Exclamation Point, unraced since a sixth-place finish in the $200,000 West Virginia Governor’s Stakes (G3) Aug. 3 at Mountaineer. Flurry said Exclamation Point, a half-brother to champion and 2017 Arkansas Derby winner Classic Empire, is at WinStar Farm in Kentucky in advance of an expected 5-year-old campaign.
“I still think he’s a stakes winner,” Flurry said. “He’s proven that he can run with some of the best. He’s proven that he likes Oaklawn.”
Flurry purchased Shedaresthedevil for $280,000 at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale. Previously based in Southern California with trainer Simon Callaghan, Shedaresthedevil finished third in the $200,000 Sorrento Stakes (G2) Aug. 3 at Del Mar and second as the favorite in her last start, the $75,000 Anoakia Stakes Oct. 13 at Santa Anita. Flurry said he owns Shedaresthedevil in partnership with Qatar Racing, which has campaigned, among others, European star Roaring Lion and Grade 1 winner Peace and War.
Shedaresthedevil is a candidate for the $150,000 Martha Washington Stakes Feb. 1 at Oaklawn, Flurry said.
Runaway Dream, by Jimmy Creed, could debut in February, Flurry said, after suffering a physical setback (corneal infection).
Other Flurry runners include multiple stakes winner Recount, claimed for $62,500 Nov. 1 at Churchill Downs; Tiger Bait, unstarted since a runner-up finish in the $100,000 Rainbow Miss Stakes for 3-year-old Arkansas-bred female sprinters April 20 at Oaklawn; and Sturgill, an unstarted 2-year-old half-brother to stakes-winning Phat Man. Sturgill is named for country music artist Sturgill Simpson, Flurry said.
“I’m ready to start tomorrow,” said Flurry, whose primary trainers are Karl Broberg and Brad Cox.
Flurry, 29, grew up in the historic Trivista neighborhood that abuts Oaklawn’s north parking lot. He and mother Dorothy own several parking lots adjacent to Oaklawn that fans use during the live season and manage approximately 100 rental properties around Hot Springs.
Staton Flurry started his first horse at the 2012 Oaklawn meeting. His Five O One – named for Hot Springs’ area code – won the $100,000 Rainbow Stakes for 3-year-old Arkansas-bred colts and geldings in 2017.
Oaklawn opened for training Monday morning, a week after the stable area opened.
There were 97 horses on the grounds Sunday night. Trainers with horses on the grounds include Paul Holthus, Ron Moquett, Al Cates and Tammy Hornsby. Officially timed workouts for the 2020 season are scheduled to begin Dec. 15. Oaklawn’s 57-day live season runs Jan. 24-May 2.
Mylady Curlin, a March 17 allowance winner at Oaklawn, captured the $300,000 Falls City Stakes (G2) by 2 ¼ lengths Thursday at Churchill Downs. Oaklawn-raced horses went 1-2-3 in the 1 1/8-mile event for fillies and mares, with runner-up Go Google Yourself finishing 3 ½ lengths ahead of Mylady Curlin’s stablemate, Moonlit Garden. Go Google Yourself was a March 8 allowance winner at Oaklawn. Moonlit Garden ran third in the $200,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) for older fillies and mares Feb. 18 at Oaklawn. Mylady Curlin, winning for the sixth time this year, increased her career earnings to $718,063 for breeder/owner Sather Family LLC and Brad Cox, Oaklawn’s sixth-leading trainer in 2019. The 5-2 favorite, Mylady Curlin ($7) was timed in 1:50.11 over a fast track. She was ridden by Tyler Gaffalione. … Multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Gray Attempt finished third in his comeback race, an allowance sprint taken off the turf Thursday at Churchill Downs, for trainer Jinks Fires of Hot Springs. The winner, Wilbo, captured the $125,000 King Cotton Stakes for older sprinters in 2018 at Oaklawn for Chris Hartman, Oaklawn’s leading trainer in 2015. … Oaklawn-raced Hotshot Anna was a head winner of the $75,000 Richard R. Scherer Memorial Stakes, an about 5 ½-furlong turf sprint for females, Saturday at Fair Grounds. The victory, Hotshot Anna’s 12th in 24 starts overall, bumped her career earnings to $956,440. … Trainer Randy Morse, an Oaklawn regular, entered Tuesday with 999 career North American victories, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization.