LAUREL -- Starting Jan. 10, the first of three van loads of horses trained by Dale Capuano will leave Laurel headed for Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark.
The 31-year-old trainer said yesterday that he has decided to give Oaklawn a try. He is shipping 30 horses there for the coming three-month meet, and is leaving eight to 10 horses in Maryland, split between brother Gary Capuano and sister Gina Capuano.
"I've accomplished a lot in Maryland and just want to try something different," Capuano said. "What I'm doing is no different than the outfits that regularly go to Florida each winter. I'll be back in April, and, hopefully, I'll return with more horses than I left with. I plan to claim a bunch."
Capuano said the racing at Oaklawn "fits my horses" and that he's not afraid of the competition. "I never play scared," he said.