Man in the Can Peels Open an Upset

May 2, 2020

JRita Young Thoroughbred LLC’s Man In The Can proved he’s the best male Arkansas-bred at Oaklawn when he stepped up against older horses and won Friday’s $165,000 Arkansas Breeders’ Championship by a neck over 4-5 favorite KJ’s Nobility.

Coming off the victory in the six-furlong Rainbow Stakes April 17, Man In The Can was forwardly placed under Joel Rosario and stalked Souixper Charger through opening fractions of :22 3/5 and :46 1/5 through the first half mile. He shook his early rival and had just enough to hold off the late closing KJ’s Nobility in a final time of 1:43 1/5 over a fast track. Prospector Fever was third.

“He broke well,” Rosario said. “In the stretch, I think he was looking towards the inside and lost focus for a minute. I just tried to keep him moving forwarded.”

Man In the Can, a homebred son of Can The Man, improved his record to three wins from four starts and has now earned $178,893. He returned $11.80, $4.40 and $4 at odds of 9-2.

Oaklawn Park Press Release 

Photo: Man in the Can, right, wins the Arkansas Breeders’ Championship. Credit: Coady Photography

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