Pioneer Spirit gearing up for Oaklawn's Fifth Season Stakes



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Pioneer Spirit’s homeowners are scheduled to have every other probability to recoup cash on their heavy funding within the $100,000 5th Season Stakes for older horses Jan. 25. The 1-mile 5th Season is the primary native steppingstone to the $1 million Oaklawn Handicap (G2) April 18.

On behalf of Arkansas-based Fortunate Canine Stables, Heads Up Racing and a brand new consumer, Lawrence Roman, instructor Robertino Diodoro claimed Pioneer Spirit out of a Nov. 2 victory for $150,000. Pioneer Spirit’s first get started for his new connections ended in a head victory beneath David Cohen within the $75,000 Tenacious Stakes Dec. 21 at Honest Grounds. Diodoro was once the usage of the 1 mile 70-yard race, contested over a sloppy floor, as a prep for the 5th Season.

“I don’t know if he in point of fact cherished the observe,” Diodoro, Oaklawn’s second-leading instructor the remaining 3 years, stated Monday morning. “Clearly, he didn’t hate it, however I in point of fact don’t assume it helped him an entire bunch. He’s educated again in point of fact neatly.”

The Oaklawn-based Pioneer Spirit returned to the paintings tab remaining Sunday, breezing a half-mile in :48.60. The Tenacious, Pioneer Spirit’s 11th victory in 28 lifetime begins, driven his profession income to $696,578.  A 7-year-old son of Malibu Moon, Pioneer Spirit completed 3rd in remaining 12 months’s Oaklawn Handicap for instructor Brad Cox. Along with the Oaklawn Handicap, Pioneer Spirit gained an allowance race and completed 3rd within the inaugural $250,000 Oaklawn Mile in Scorching Springs and captured the $100,000 Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Stakes July 13 at Indiana Grand.

Cohen, Oaklawn’s main jockey in 2019, will experience Pioneer Spirit within the 5th Season, his agent, Invoice Fortress, stated Thursday morning. In the community founded millionaire Snapper Sinclair may be pointing for the 5th Season, proprietor Jeff Bloom stated Wednesday morning. Snapper Sinclair is educated through Corridor of Famer and perennial Oaklawn chief Steve Asmussen. Any other in the community founded millionaire, Bravazo, is into consideration for the 5th Season, his Corridor of Popularity instructor, D. Wayne Lukas, stated Tuesday morning.

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