Arkansas horse racing

Oaklawn Diaries: Track Announcer Frank Mirahmadi

Legendary racecaller Terry Wallace hung his microphone last year after over 20,000 consecutive race calls and a career at Oaklawn Park that began in 1975. Here, Frank Mirahmadi chats with John Scheinman about being the new voice of Oaklawn and the joys of working for an always full race track. For those of you nostalgic […]

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Oaklawn Diaries: Ray Paulick and John Scheinman handicap today’s feature

Ray Paulick and John Scheinman have burst onto the Oaklawn scene in Hot Springs, Arkansas for the Paulick Report’s Oaklawn Diaries, a continuation of the series started at Del Mar last summer.  Here, Ray and John settle in at the track, and Scheinman gives out the winner for Thursday’s feature race. If you followed us […]

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Sabercat hits the Derby trail in Rebel Stakes

Delta Downs Jackpot winner Sabercat already has enough earnings to get into the Kentucky Derby field.  Now, he just needs to get his preps in.  The son of Bluegrass Cat is set to make his three-year-old debut in Saturday’s Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park.  If all goes well, owner Ron Winchell says Sabercat, […]

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Oaklawn bumps purses for third time at current meet

The good fortune continues at Oaklawn with racing and Instant Racing/gaming both seeing double digit increases in February and as a result, the Hot Springs track is announcing the third purse increase of the meet effective with Friday’s nine-race card. In addition, the purses for the four remaining Arkansas-bred stakes – the Rainbow, the Rainbow […]

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Oaklawn Park gives overnight purses record boost

A history-making Presidents Day weekend and continued strong business propelled by good weather have allowed Oaklawn to make the single largest purse increase in track history starting with Thursday’s 9-race card. Overnight purses will be raised by $100,000 per week through the end of the meet and the $800,000 addition to the overnight purse account […]

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Oaklawn: Southwest Stakes could be split into two divisions

Monday’s Southwest Stakes has attracted so much interest, the Kentucky Derby prep may be split into two divisions, Oaklawn Park officials tell the Daily Racing Form.  So far, 21 probables are lined up for the President’s Day one-mile race, including Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Secret Circle, who was among four California shippers to arrive […]

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Oaklawn Park: Better weather equals purse increase, higher meet totals

Mother Nature has blessed Oaklawn with much better weather this season and as a result, the track is raising overnight purses $5,000 per day beginning with Thursday’s 9-race card. Oaklawn was due some good fortune in the weather department after losing a record eight days to cold, snow and ice in 2011. Through Sunday, Feb. […]

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Jockey Borel relocating from Gulfstream to Oaklawn Park

After starting the year one for 43 at Gulfstream Park, jockey Calvin Borel plans to return his old stomping grounds at Oaklawn Park in February.  Borel will start riding at Oaklawn Saturday, although agent Jerry Hissam says there’s no regret about trying Gulfstream. “We’ve been blessed to ride some good horses here, but there will […]

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Mirahmadi set for debut as full-time Oaklawn announcer

When Oaklawn Park opens its winter/spring meet Friday, it will be the first season since 1975 without the voice of famed announcer Terry Wallace, who announced his retirement last year.  During his time at Oaklawn, Wallace called an astonishing 20,191 consecutive races. But Friday, Frank Mirahmadi will take over as the voice of Oaklawn Park.  […]

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Oaklawn lowers minimums on multi-race exotics

In advance of the start of its 2012 live race meet Jan. 13, Oaklawn has reduced the minimum bet for the Pick 3, Pick 4 and Classix wager. The Pick 3 and Pick 4 will both have a 50-cent minimum, while the Classix, a Pick 6 wager, is going from $2 to $1. Oaklawn offers […]

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