Arkansas racing

Former Trainer Cole Norman Dies

Cole Norman, who for many years had trained successfully in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas, has died at age 47. According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, Norman, who had been breaking young horses at a training center in Benton, La., did not show up for work Monday. A friend went to check on him, and he was found dead. […]

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Brad Keller Named New Controller At Oaklawn Park

Brad Keller of San Jose, California, has been named Controller for Oaklawn Racing & Gaming. Keller has over 20 years of domestic and international finance and accounting experience having worked for the Big Four public accounting firms of Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers and having held operational and financial leadership roles in […]

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Horse Transport Pioneer Clark Dies At 74

Dave Clark, owner, breeder, and horse air transport expert died of cancer last weekend in Little Rock, Ark. at the age of 74. The Michigan native was the founder of Air Traffic Service Corp, a subsidiary of which became a top horse transporter. Clark purchased and expanded H.E. “Tex” Sutton Forwarding Company, which did a lot […]

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Paulick Commentary On Arkansas Drug Testing Nominated For Bergstein Award

Team Valor International has nominated a story from the Paulick Report website that details a slim budget and outdated methodologies for drug testing overseen by the Arkansas Racing Commission, which opposes federal bills that would place the United States Anti-Doping Agency in charge of drug enforcement in American horse racing.  Ray Paulick’s news commentary “RCI […]

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Group Tours Magazine Selects Oaklawn As Top Casino In The South

Oaklawn, which recently went head to head with some of the country’s largest casinos and walked away with four Romero Awards, has been voted Best Casino in the South by Group Tours magazine. It was also been named best place to gamble by readers of Arkansas Times in the 2015 Best of Arkansas readers’ poll.  […]

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Prominent Arkansas Owner-Breeder Ronnie Udouj Dies At 74

Prominent Arkansas owner and breeder Ronnie Udouj died July 27 in Ft. Smith, Ark. He was 74. According to the Daily Racing Form, Udouj was a past president of the Arkansas Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, and was also the managing director and bloodstock agent for Sundridge Farms. The DRF reports that services for Udouj […]

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Tapiture Returns To Oaklawn In Razorback

he field for the $250,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) for older horses Saturday at Oaklawn is so deep that the only Grade 1 winner in the field is a 12-1 outsider on the morning line. Tapiture, the 5-2 program favorite, is among seven older horses entered in the 1 1/16-mile Razorback, the final major local prep […]

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Oaklawn Completes Phase I of $20M Expansion

Oaklawn is a step closer to the completion of its $20 million expansion after opening a key section of its new gaming area this morning. The new area that opened today includes the new main entrance, foyer, gift shop, Silks Bar, approximately 18,000 square feet of gaming space and substantial back of house support facilities. […]

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Testing, Testing: How Strong Are Racing’s Drug Testing Programs?

When the state of Maryland released a call for proposals from laboratories interested in taking on the state’s post-race testing, Dr. Rick Sams, director of the HFL Sport Science Lab in central Kentucky, read over the rules carefully. The request had a number of requirements regarding the ideal candidate’s certifications but left the actual description […]

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