Oaklawn Park Roving Reporter Steve Higginbothom: Magnum Moon Wins Arkansas Derby

(Steve Higginbothom, middle, works full-time for the Wholesale Beer Distributors of Arkansas as a tireless advocate and representative. He loves Thoroughbred racing and attends Oaklawn Park often / Photo Courtesy of the WBDA Website)

Steve Higginbothom is a great friend of mine, colleague, ally and over-all great guy. The fact that he represents the Wholesale Beer Distributors of Arkansas and doubles as a great Thoroughbred enthusiast are just two of the many reasons I love this guy.

But in my many travels and meetings through the years, I have never met a more endearing, caring and genuine person. It is my honor to call him friend.

Steve is at Oaklawn Park today, and he snapped a few photos and passed along a few important tidbits leading up to the “Festival of Racing” today in Hot Springs, Ark. We will be sharing some of Steve’s top notes and photos today.

Steve’s updated report on the track condition:

“Track seal worked well. Track is in good shape.”

Forecast:

“Clear and cooler. Around 60 (degrees).”

More to come…stay tuned…from our roving reporter on the grounds at Oaklawn Park

(Magnum Moon wins Arkansas Derby / Photo by Steve Higginbothom)

(Magnum Moon in the infield / Photo by Steve Higginbothom)

(Magnum Moon in post parade / Photo by Steve Higginbothom)

He’s going to improve from the gate,” Lewis said of the son Tale of Ekati, who has had excuses in each of his four starts, twice victimized by slow getaways and twice by being squeezed at the break.

He’s just developing,” Lewis added. “He’s been gelded and he’ll have blinkers on him now, so I think he’ll be better in the gate. Nobody knows what the two turns are going to bring, although he acts like a two-turn horse, but sometimes they fool you.

From Craig Lewis, trainer of Here Is Happy, who will run in the Grade 3 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday. This is first step toward the Santa Anita Derby.

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