Oaklawn Park To Increase Purses: Maiden Races To Carry $78,000 Pot

by | 02.14.2018 | 2:01pm
Oaklawn Park

The richest purses in the Midwest just got richer.

Effective Saturday, Feb. 17, Oaklawn is increasing all allowance and maiden special weight races by $3,000. Allowance races will range from $79,000 to as high as $83,000. Maiden special weight races will increase to $78,000 from $75,000.

In addition, all claiming races and maiden claiming races with a claiming price of at least $30,000 will receive a $2,000 per race boost.

These increases mark the 18th consecutive year that Oaklawn has increased purses.

“Our goal is to offer the best purses in the country along with the most competitive racing,” general manager Wayne Smith said. “These increases are another step in that direction and our fans are responding. We are attracting some of the largest crowds in racing. And, our fans are getting to see some of the best owners, trainers and jockeys from all over the country competing for record purses. We couldn't be more excited heading into the final two months of our season.”

Oaklawn's Presidents' Day card, Feb. 19, will feature the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds on the Kentucky Derby trail and the $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3), which last year launched the Horse of the Year campaign of Gun Runner. The 2018 meet runs through Saturday, April 14.


  • Lefty_Orioles_Fan

    Sounds good to me.

  • Tinky

    While I find the slot-based business model to be highly dubious, I would much prefer to see outsized MSW purses than millions wasted on the obscene Pegasus purse.

  • Steven Ross

    $78,000 for maiden special weights at Oaklawn park…that’s $24,000 more than santa anita.

  • Figless

    Imagine if they ever installed a turf course?

    • David Sullivan

      That will happen right after I win the lottery.

  • Threerules

    “Is this heaven” No it’s Oaklawn.

  • SteveD

    I have a lot of respect for the way Oaklawn is run, but this won’t help the biggest problem: there is no one there. The attendance has dwindled over the past few years, but this years meet is by far the worst.
    It’s like watching racing die in slow motion :(

    • Flint King

      SteveD maybe if you go on a Thursday when it’s raining but most of the other time that place is packed if the weather’s good they’ll be 25 -30,000 people there on a Saturday

      • SteveD

        Sure.. There are good crowds on some Saturdays. The place is empty most other days. We are simply not drawing new fans to the sport..in Arkansas.

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