Arkansas horse racing

Sports Wagering Era Opens In Arkansas At Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn has become the first in Arkansas to offer sports wagering with the opening Monday of its newly remodeled Race & Sports Book in the north end of the casino. The Race & Sports Book offers teller wagering as well as fast, user-friendly kiosks and is open seven days a week.  Fans can now place […]

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Diodoro Hits Seven Figures In Purse Earnings, Enjoying ‘Best Meet’ At Oaklawn

Robertino Diodoro became the second trainer at Oaklawn Park’s horse racing meet to reach $1 million in purse earnings March 29, the 37th day of the scheduled 57-day meeting. Diodoro, whose main client in runaway leading owner M and M Racing (Mike and Mickala Sisk), entered Thursday with $1,100,345 in purse earnings and 28 victories to […]

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Arkansas Owner ‘Buddy’ Blass Dies At 92

Arkansas businessman, owner/breeder, and philanthropist Gus “Buddy” Blass died Sunday at the age of 92 after a bout of pneumonia, according to The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Blass raced horses with his wife Patricia for some five decades, and won the 1973 Travers with Annihilate ‘Em. They also bred stakes winner Pink Shoes. Blass was an Arkansas native […]

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RCI Chairman Takes Hypocritical Stance On Federal Racing Bills

Mark Lamberth, a member of the Arkansas Racing Commission and chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, turned the dial on the BS Meter all the way up on Tuesday in a press release on RCI letterhead stating: “Entire Arkansas Horse Racing Industry Opposes Federal Bills.” Among other things, Lamberth said any initiative to […]

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Oaklawn Diaries: ‘The Holy Ghost’ and Other Racing Superstitions

Have any superstitions about the racetrack? Of course, many bettors, jockeys, horsemen and other racetrackers will tell you – don’t mess with the good side of luck and stay as far away from the bad side of it as possible. From $50 bills to black cats and brooms, superstition is a long-standing tradition on the […]

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Oaklawn Diaries: Tip Sheets a Colorful Biz

As the Kentucky Derby trail winds its way to Arkansas this weekend for the Rebel Stakes, Ray Paulick and Scott Jagow have made the journey to Oaklawn Park to share the unique experience of its annual meeting. One of the region’s top annual sporting events, the Oaklawn meet is a tried and true destination for […]

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Texas, Arkansas making changes to medication policies

Both the Texas and Arkansas racing commissions have made changes to medication policies on some commonly-used therapeutic drugs, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form. The Texas Racing Commission has instituted new threshold levels for 10 medications ranging from DMSO to dexamethasone. The changes went into effect in the past month. Officials told […]

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Walmsley appointed to Arkansas Court of Appeals

Bill Walmsley, long time President of the Arkansas HBPA and former President of the National HBPA, has been appointed by Governor Mike Beebe to the Arkansas Court of Appeals. Walmsley was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the NTRA and served on that Board for the first five years of its existence. […]

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Oaklawn Diaries: A Weekend to Remember

The Paulick Report and John Scheinman had a fantastic weekend at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The track and the surrounding town is one of the jewels of American horse racing. This video is a wrap up of our entire trip to Hot Springs including a visit to the famous BBQ restaurant McClard’s and a […]

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Oaklawn Diaries: Will Scheinman finally pick a winner?

Ray Paulick and John Scheinman have descended upon Oaklawn Park for a great weekend of Arkansas racing that features the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes, which may answer a few questions about the Kentucky Derby trail.  A bigger question might be – can Scheinman ever find a winner? Yesterday, Scheinman’s pick lost some of our readers […]

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