Weast Hill improved his Oaklawn Park record to 5 for 5 on Friday, when he won his two-turn debut in the $100,000 Arkansas Breeders’ Stakes. It was the third consecutive win at the meet for Weast Hill, who darted home by four lengths over Mallard’s Bro. It was another half-length back to Meanbone in third.
The Arkansas Breeders’ was for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles. It served as the first of three Arkansas-bred stakes to be run through Sunday at Oaklawn.
Weast Hill ($3.20) broke well and easily moved to the lead Friday, setting fractions of 23.18 seconds for the opening quarter and 47.46 for the half-mile while pressed by Indygo Bo. Weast Hill shook his pace foe after six furlongs in 1:13, rebuffed a bid from Meanbone into the stretch, then comfortably held off Mallard’s Bro to cover the distance on a fast track in 1:45.06.
“He’s a very, very good horse,” said winning rider Joe Rocco Jr. “I didn’t know how he would handle going long for the first time, but we were able to settle a little bit. I thought that was about as fast as we could go being up front without going too fast. He’s a nice horse and really showed it today.”