Arkansas 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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Oaklawn Park: Rebel Stakes Day Sets New All-Time Handle Record

Rebel Day has clearly become Oaklawn’s second-biggest business day. For the next three weeks, at least, it will be the biggest day after an all-time record for total pari-mutuel handle was set on Saturday’s 11-race card. According to figures released Saturday night by the track, total money wagered on Oaklawn’s races was $16,221,639.11, eclipsing the […]

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‘Wonderful Thing’: Horsemen Appreciate Latest Oaklawn Park Purse Increase

The track where purses have been steadily rising for 11 straight years is at it again. Oaklawn is increasing all overnight purses, some as much as $6,000, retroactive to the Thursday, Feb. 14 card. Maiden special weights and open allowances are being bumped $6,000 and are now $83,000 and $87,000, respectively. Purses for all claiming […]

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Record Off-Track Handle, Attendance Boom Trigger Strong Start To Oaklawn Meet

Business for Oaklawn’s first three days racing produced huge gains over 2018, highlighted by a January record for off-track pari-mutuel handle. According to figures released by Oaklawn, total estimated attendance of 55,500 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday represented a 62 percent increase over the corresponding period last year. On-track handle of $2,938,316 was up 23 […]

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‘I Want To Pass Pat Day’: Santana Aims For Seventh Straight Oaklawn Riding Title

After the first three days of the scheduled 57-day Oaklawn meeting, a familiar name is atop the jockey standings. It’s Ricardo Santana Jr., who is seeking his seventh consecutive Oaklawn riding title. Although Oaklawn’s new racing schedule means the season concludes May 4 – it ended three weeks earlier every year since 1996 – there’s […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘If You Ever Listen To Me Again, I’m Firing You’

Just before Big Changes went in the starting gate for Saturday’s Sunshine Millions Turf, one of the Gulfstream commentators mentioned that he was a little bit worked up. “What she didn’t know is that he’s geared like that,” said owner Steve Landers, 65. “That’s just the way he runs.” Neither Landers nor the betting public […]

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Derby Prep Smarty Jones Stakes Launches Revised Oaklawn Meet

 The much anticipated 2019 Oaklawn season kicks off Friday with a special 12:30 p.m. first post and the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes, the first of three prep races leading up to the April 13 Arkansas Derby (G1) and subsequent Triple Crown races. The meet runs until Saturday, May 4, Kentucky Derby Day. Dwight Pruett’s lightly […]

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Jockey Joe Bravo Headed To Oaklawn Park For Winter/Spring Meet

Jockey Joe Bravo, currently based at Fair Grounds, will move his tack to Oaklawn Park, agent Tony King tells the Daily Racing Form. Bravo, who has 5,331 all-time victories, has only had a few mounts at Oaklawn Park during his career. His top Oaklawn win came in 2014 with Danza in the Grade 1 Arkansas […]

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Oaklawn Park To Build Hotel, Event Center In $100 Million Expansion

Oaklawn Racing and Gaming today announced plans to build an expansion project in excess of $100 million that includes the construction of a high-rise hotel, multi-purpose event center, a larger gaming area, and additional on-site parking. The project is one of the largest hospitality investments in the history of Arkansas. “This historic announcement represents a […]

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Oaklawn Park Names Winner’s Circle After Longtime Jockey, Steward Larry Snyder

It’s going to be a season of firsts at Oaklawn in 2019 and among the new additions set to debut when the track opens Jan. 25 is the Larry Snyder Winner’s Circle. For the first time in its 115-year history, winners of all overnight races will return to a dedicated winner’s circle named in honor of the […]

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