Texas-bred Ivan Fallunovalot Works Toward King Cotton at Oaklawn

Ivan Fallunovalot winning the Frank J. De Francis Dash at Laurel Park (Photo courtesy Maryland Jockey Club)

Ivan Fallunovalot, the 2015 Texas Horse of the Year and 2016 Texas Champion Older Horse,  worked an easy half-mile Sunday morning at Oaklawn in preparation for his scheduled 7-year-old debut in Saturday’s $125,000 King Cotton Stakes for older sprinters.

Ivan Fallunovalot, who won the King Cotton in 2015 and 2016, breezed in :49.40 over a fast track under Hall of Famer Calvin Borel. Clockers caught him in :12.20 for his first eighth, :25 for a quarter-mile and galloping out 5 furlongs in 1:02.80.

“Everything went real well,” trainer Tom Howard of Hot Springs said.

On behalf of owner Lewis Mathews of Bismarck Ark., Howard claimed Ivan Fallunovalot for $25,000 at the 2014 Oaklawn meeting. He has amassed $800,808 in career earnings, winning 15 of 24 starts.

Ivan Fallunovalot, a gelded son of Valid Expectations bred by Eileen Hartis, has won four consecutive races, the last coming in the $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) Nov. 19 at Laurel.

The King Cotton closed Friday with 33 nominations.

Other prominent nominees include millionaire Alsvid, runner-up in the King Cotton the last four years, and Whitmore, a powerful Jan. 15 allowance/optional claiming winner.

From Oaklawn news release