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Feb 19, 2010

Southwest Stakes redrawn at Oaklawn Park



Hot Springs, AR (Sports Network) - The same 10 horses were entered on Thursday for the redrawn $250,000 Southwest Stakes for three-year-olds at Oaklawn Park. The race originally to be run last Monday had to be rescheduled for Saturday due to severe cold.

The one-mile Southwest was one of six races on President's Day cancelled because of extreme wind chill.

"Everybody's in the same boat," trainer D. Wayne Lukas said of the cancellation. "They did the right thing.

The first three finishers in the San Rafael Stakes at Santa Anita lead the field of 10 for Saturday's Southwest, which has a post-time of 6:30 p.m. (et). The one-mile stakes is the first of three Kentucky Derby preps at Oaklawn.

San Rafael winner Conveyance has drawn post nine for the President's Day feature. Manny Garcia has the riding assignment for owner Zabeel Racing and trainer Bob Baffert.

Conveyance captured the San Rafael by 1 3/4-lengths over Cardiff Giant with Domonation third. The gray colt is undefeated in three career starts with earnings of $104,400.

Christian Reyes is back riding Cardiff Giant and the pair will start post five. The chestnut gelding is owned by M Racing and trained by Jorge Periban.

"We're going from the bottom to the top," said Periban last week. "He's changed a lot since we claimed him. He has matured a lot."

Cardiff Giant is a veteran of 10 lifetime starts with two wins, five seconds and two third-place finishes. He has banked $76,998.

Starting from post eight will be Domonation and jockey Corey Nakatani. Domonation is trained by John Sadler for Joy Ride Racing and La Cresta Farm.

The gray colt was second behind Tiz Chrome in the Stuka Stakes at Hollywood Park in December. In five starts he has one win with two second-place finishes and a third for $63,020.

Here is the complete field for the Southwest in post position order: Kitty's Turn, Glen Murphy; Pleasant Storm, Bryan McNeil; Dublin, Terry Thompson; Dryfly, Calvin Borel; Cardiff Giant, Christian Reyes; Cool Bullet, Jon Court; Crider, Luis Quinonez; Domonation, Corey Nakatani; Conveyance, Martin Garcia and Mission Impazible, Eibar Coa.

The Oaklawn series for three-year-olds continues with the $300,000 Rebel Stakes on Saturday, March 13; and the $1 million Arkansas Derby, set for Saturday, April 10.

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