Arkansas

Arkansas Commission Suspends Trainer Six Months For Equine Neglect

A report on the Arkansas Racing Commission’s “whistleblower hotline” has led to a six-month suspension of Tina Marie Nicks’ training license for equine neglect. On Feb. 16, the hotline received notice that seven horses trained by Nicks and located at James Lovett’s off-track training facility were “in unkept stalls and that the horses were underfed […]

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Trainer John Ortiz ‘Riding The Wave’ Of Success At Oaklawn

Trainer John Ortiz said his goal was to win 15 races in 2019 at Oaklawn. He may have to adjust that figure. Ortiz scored his 10th victory of the meeting – a single-season personal best in Hot Springs – when Marvella captured Thursday’s third race under Ronald Richard. Ortiz needed only 20 racing days to […]

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Arkansas-Bred Dutch Parrot Takes Aim On Earnings Record

Two-time Oaklawn winner Dutch Parrot has earned more money each year since her racing career began in 2016. Another bump in 2019 would guarantee history for the 4-year-old daughter of Eskendereya, bred and owned by John Ed Anthony of Hot Springs. Dutch Parrot needs $114,939 to become the all-time leading female Arkansas-bred money winner, according […]

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Jockey Perry Ouzts Celebrates 7,000 Career Victories

64-year-old jockey Perry Ouzts picked up a mount in Friday’s third race at Belterra Park to earn his 7,000th career victory, just the ninth rider to do so in North America. Ouzts rode Emmy’s Candy for trainer Gary Patrick in the hallmark triumph. Ouzts still starts four or five mornings a week galloping and breezing […]

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From Saddle Broncs To Thoroughbreds: The Men Behind Chief Cicatriz

Locally-based trainer Mike Johnson grew up as a child in Arkansas knowing the name Shawn Davis, a former three-time world champion saddle bronc rider and inductee in the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1979. Fast forward nearly 30 years and Johnson is helping Davis oversee his multiple-stakes winning sprinter Chief Cicatriz as he prepares for Saturday’s $75,000-added Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes […]

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Longinotti Named Director Of Oaklawn Anywhere

David Longinotti, a member of Oaklawn’s management team since 2006, will move into the position of Director of Oaklawn Anywhere after serving as Director of Racing. Oaklawn Anywhere, the track’s in-state advanced deposit wagering service developed in partnership with Arkansas horsemen, is the fastest growing segment of Oaklawn’s racing business and has generated nearly $4 […]

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Total Handle Up 11 Percent During 2018 Oaklawn Racing Season

Record-setting Arkansas Derby (G1) and Rebel Stakes (G2) days contributed to an 11 percent increase in total handle during Oaklawn’s recently concluded 2018 live season. An estimated crowd of 64,500 turned out April 14 to watch Robert and Lawana Low’s Magnum Moon remain a perfect four-for-four with his impressive victory in the $1 million Arkansas […]

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ARCI Kickoff Luncheon Honors Oaklawn Heroes Charles Cella, Cecil Alexander

Starting at the top, Arkansas’ pari-mutuel industry was spotlighted at Wednesday’s luncheon kicking off the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s 84th annual Conference on Equine Welfare and Racing Integrity at the Hotel Hot Springs. Gov. Asa Hutchinson lauded Oaklawn Park; the track’s influential owner Charles Cella, who died in December, was remembered, and Cecil Alexander, […]

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Oaklawn Announces Second Purse Increase Of 2018 Season

Purse records keep tumbling at the track with the richest purses in America between January and April. Starting with the March 17 Rebel Stakes card, Oaklawn will implement the second increase of the season, the 18th straight year the Hot Springs track has bumped purses at least once during a meet. Overnight purses will be bumped between $1,000 […]

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83-Year-Old Von Hemel Pushing To Extend His Win Streak At Oaklawn Park

One constant the last four decades at Oaklawn has been trainer Don Von Hemel of Hot Springs. Actually, he’s been more like a sure bet. Von Hemel, 83, has at least one victory at every Oaklawn meeting since 1975, a lengthy streak he will try to extend with Cowboy U Know in Saturday’s first race. […]

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