Oaklawn Milestone Watch: Chris Hartman

January 15, 2023

Chris Hartman (Coady Photography)

Oaklawn Barn Notes by Robert Yates

HOT SPRINGS, Ark.—Red-hot trainer Chris Hartman recorded a triple Friday, pushing his career Oaklawn total to 198. 

Hartman was Oaklawn’s leading trainer in 2015 and entered Saturday second this season with 13 victories from just 29 starts. Hartman won the third race with Enchanted Nile ($7.40), seventh race with favored Town Branch ($4.80) and the eighth race with favored Klassy Bridgette ($4). Hartman entered Saturday with other five seconds and three thirds at the 2022-2023 meeting.

Hartman had two horses entered Saturday at Oaklawn and has four entered on Sunday.

Trainer Robertino Diodoro entered Saturday with 296 career Oaklawn victories, including 17 to the lead the 2022-2023 standings. 

Diodoro was Oaklawn’s leading trainer in 2020 and recorded his 3,000th career North American victory (United States and Canada) Jan. 7 at Oaklawn with Arthurian, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. Diodoro was the 37th trainer in North American history to reach the milestone, based on Equibase statistics.

Diodoro recorded his 296th career Oaklawn victory in Friday’s first race with Shake Rattle Nroll ($8). Only 14 trainers have reached 300 career victories at Oaklawn, the last being Ron Moquett of Hot Springs Dec. 10.

Diodoro had one horse entered Saturday at Oaklawn and three Sunday. Diodoro also led all trainers in purse earnings ($881,059) at the meet through Friday. 

Finish Lines

Jockey Francisco Arrieta rode three consecutive winners Friday, taking the sixth race aboard Lansdowne ($13.20) for trainer Tammy Hornsby, seventh race aboard favored Town Branch ($4.80) for trainer Chris Hartman and the eighth race aboard favored Klassy Bridgette ($4) for Hartman. Klassy Bridgette, a promising 3-year-old filly, became the fourth two-time winner at the meeting. She is the first Oaklawn winner for her sire, unbeaten Grade 1 winner Army Mule. … 

Leading rider Cristian Torres rode two winners Friday, taking the first race aboard Shake Rattle Nroll ($8) for trainerRobertino Diodoro and the fifth race aboard Heir to Greatness ($16.80) for trainer Greg Compton. … 

Owner Ten Strike Racing (founding partners Marshall Gramm and Arkansas native Clay Sanders) recorded its meet-high sixth victory in Friday’s second race with favored Tiger Moon ($6). Trained by Lindsay Schutz, Tiger Moon became the third two-time winner at the meeting. … 

Jockey Martin Garcia took off all his mounts Friday to serve a one-day riding suspension after being cited for careless riding in the seventh race Dec. 30, according to a stewards’ ruling.

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