‘More In The Tank’: Calhoun Confident In Oaklawn Handicap-Bound By My Standards

By My Standards, unbeaten in two starts this year, worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.80 Saturday morning at Fair Grounds for trainer Bret Calhoun, who is pointing the multiple graded stakes winner for the $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) for older horses at 1 1/8 miles May 2.

By My Standards won the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) last year at Fair Grounds and the $400,000 New Orleans Classic Stakes (G2) March 21 in his most recent start. By My Standards, in his 4-year-old debut, was a six-length allowance winner Feb. 9 at Fair Grounds. He won the New Orleans Classic by three lengths.

“He was very impressive off the layoff,” Calhoun said. “He didn’t run against top horses, but he came back against good horses and did the same thing, so it was very impressive. It actually seems like it was a pretty easy race on him. He’s come back well, he’s held his weight extremely good – not put on weight – so it just kind of shows me that it wasn’t a super tough race on him. I think there’s more in the tank. I always thought all along that he could be one of the top older horses in the country this year.”

Owned by Allied Racing Stable, LLC (Chester Thomas), By My Standards has a 4-2-1 record from eight lifetime starts and earnings of $921,910.

Post positions for the Oaklawn Handicap will be drawn Sunday.

Calhoun said he hopes to run unbeaten Ain’t No Elmers in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies May 1, but fears she may be excluded from the 1 1/16-mile race because of earnings. The Fantasy is limited to 14 starters, with starting preference given to horses with the highest earnings.

Like By My Standards, Ain’t No Elmers is by two-time Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner Goldencents. Ain’t No Elmers has won her two career starts, both sprints this year at Fair Grounds, by a combined 15 ½ lengths. She worked half-mile in :48.40 Saturday at Fair Grounds.

“She’s not proven around two turns, but she’s a really nice filly,” Calhoun said. “I’d like to have the opportunity to run against those fillies, but we’ll see what happens. If not, maybe she’ll run in an allowance race up there that same weekend.”

Oaklawn announced Wednesday the addition of an overnight stake for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles May 1. Post positions for the Fantasy, and other May 1 races, will be drawn Saturday.

Calhoun also has a candidate for the $750,000 Arkansas Derby (G1) May 2. Mr. Big News earned an automatic berth into the Arkansas Derby with a victory in the $200,000 Oaklawn Stakes April 11.

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