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Osbourne’s Future On Hold After Bleeding In Southwest Stakes

Osbourne is in a holding pattern following his eighth-place finish in the $750,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds Jan. 29, his co-owner/trainer, Ron Moquett of Hot Springs, Ark., said Sunday afternoon.

Osbourne was beaten 8 ¾ lengths in the 1 1/16-mile Southwest after being within striking distance on the second turn. The Southwest was Oaklawn's second Kentucky Derby points race.

“He bled in the race, so now we're going to back up and his next race will be a race that we can employ Lasix,” Moquett said. “That was what happened. He ran tough, he ran hard. I was proud of him. But he may eventually go back and be a miler or a one-turn horse.”

Osbourne has never raced on Lasix in four lifetime starts. Horses racing on the anti-bleeder medication are prohibited from collecting points in Kentucky Derby qualifying races like the Southwest. Osbourne was exiting a runner-up finish in another Kentucky Derby points race, the $400,000 Springboard Mile Stakes Dec. 17 at Remington Park.

Oaklawn's Kentucky Derby points series continues with the $1 million Rebel Stakes (G2) Feb. 26 and the $1.25 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 2.

“That's all on hold until I get him cleaned up,” Moquett said.

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