Ten To Line Up For Southwest on Presidents’ Day Holiday
By Margaret Ransom
Monday marks the 53rd running of the Southwest Stakes (GIII) at Oaklawn Park, the traditional prep for the Rebel Stakes (GII) in a month and also the Arkansas Derby (GI) in April. Though only Smarty Jones in 2004 made it to the coveted Churchill Downs winner’s circle reserved for only one very special horse a year, many other good horses have won the Southwest and still made the gate in Louisville on the first Saturday in May.
A field of 10 has been set for the 1 1/16-mile race, which carries a $500,000 purse and ten points for the winner to make the list of 20 in the Kentucky Derby (GI), including three from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen after Principe Guilherme raced in the Risen Star Stakes (GII) at Fair Grounds Saturday.
The Hot Springs weather forecast calls for significantly warmer temperatures, but a high probability of rain and thunder showers and a high in the mid-70s, so it’s a good bet to handicap for an off track just in case.
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