Arkansas racing

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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Jed Doro Named Director Of Racing At Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn Park announced today the hiring of Jerome “Jed” Doro as Director of Racing. Jed will start the week of September 24. Doro comes to Oaklawn from Delaware Park where he has spent the last 10 years. He was named that track’s Racing Secretary in 2014 after serving as Assistant Racing Secretary to Pat Pope, […]

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‘Sea-Change’ For Oaklawn Park: 2019 Schedule Shifts Into May

The track with the highest purses of any winter-spring race meet in the country is making the most significant change to its racing schedule since World War II. In 2019, Oaklawn will open Friday, Jan. 25 and run through Saturday, May 4, three weeks after the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1). Other than 1945 when the track had […]

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Increased Handle, Record Purses Highlight 2017 Oaklawn Meet

Culminating with 62,500 fans turning out to watch champion Classic Empire win the $1 million Arkansas Derby, the 2017 Oaklawn live racing season concluded with nearly a 5% gain in total handle and another record-setting season for purses. Good weather along with large, competitive fields led to total handle of $189,534,228 in 2017 compared to […]

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Trainer Jeffery Lynn Loses Battle With Cancer At Age 53

Longtime trainer Jeffery Lynn, a stalwart on the Illinois and Arkansas circuits, lost a two-year battle with cancer on Saturday. He and his wife, Jane, had been married for 21 years, and he leaves behind two children, Dillon, 20, and Carson, 14. Lynn’s training career began in 1993, and his first winner, according to Equibase, […]

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Saga Of Suddenbreakingnews Raises Troubling Questions About Steroid Testing Uniformity

The recent revelation that Belmont Stakes contender Suddenbreakingnews is not a gelding but a ridgling was a surprise to everyone, including his connections. Somewhere along his journey, the horse was recorded as having been castrated, when in fact neither of his testicles had descended into his scrotum. The mistake was discovered when Kentucky officials contacted […]

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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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