Eaton Sales grad Last Samurai got his first graded stakes win in style on Saturday, taking off through the stretch to win the $1 million Oaklawn H. (G2) by four lengths under Jon Court.
Coming off a close second in the April 3 Temperence Hill S. at this same track, Last Samurai broke very well from post three and was head-to-head for the lead with Plainsman around the first turn. Court eased Last Samurai back slightly for the backstretch run, holding his spot in third along the rail. As the field rounded the final bend, Last Samurai moved up again to put his head in front turning for home. Court set the colt down for the drive, and he responded very well, drawing off to win comfortably.
“He’s been training really well,” said Court. “He’s been fun to work with from the time the Hortons gave me the opportunity to work with Last Samurai. In the afternoon, he gives it his best effort and things set up perfectly for us and he was willing to take on the challenge. What a blast it certainly was.”
Last Samurai, a son of the late Malibu Moon, is owned by Willis Horton and is now 4-3-2 in 15 starts and has earned $946,744. He was consigned by Eaton on behalf of breeder Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC to the 2019 Keeneland September Yearling sale.