Racing Festival of the South

Lady Apple, Santana Ride The Rail En Route To Fantasy Score

Phoenix Thoroughbreds III and KatieRich Stables’ Lady Apple used a ground saving trip to score a one-length victory at odds of 9-1 in Friday’s $500,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) before an on-track crowd of 17,000 at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark. Friday marked the opening of the Thoroughbred racing track’s Racing Festival of the South. As […]

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Rebel Boosted to $1 Million, New Stakes Created For Expanded 2019 Oaklawn Park Meet

One of the richest Thoroughbred race meets in North America will now offer two $1,000,000 Kentucky Derby prep races and two additional signature races. Oaklawn, which earlier this year announced a significant change to its race dates, turned it up another notch Wednesday when it announced that both the Arkansas Derby (G1) and the Rebel […]

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Inside Straight Pulls Off Oaklawn Handicap Upset At 19-1

Randy Howg’s Inside Straight, a 4-year-old New York-bred gelding by Super Saver, gave trainer Robertino Diodoro and jockey Geovanni Franco the biggest victory of their careers, rallying in the stretch to win the Grade 2, $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap Saturday on the final day of the 2017 Oaklawn Park meeting. Inside Straight scored the upset at 19-1 under 114 […]

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$750,000 Rebel Leads to Record 2015 Oaklawn Park Stakes Schedule

One year after increasing the purses of 19 stakes races, Oaklawn has planned the richest stakes schedule in track history for 2015. Chief among the changes are a $150,000 bump to the Rebel Stakes (G2), the last local prep before $1 million Arkansas Derby, which will now carry a purse of $750,000. Overall, Oaklawn will […]

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Close Hatches Wires Field in Apple Blossom

It was déjà vu for Juddmonte Farms Inc.’s Close Hatches as she used the same front-running style as she had four weeks ago in the Azeri Stakes (G2) to win Friday’s $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) on the penultimate race card of the 2014 Oaklawn race meet. With regular rider Joel Rosario in the irons, […]

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Cozzetti ready for Arkansas Derby start

Dale Romans says his improving three-year-old colt Cozzetti is ready for a breakout race in the Arkansas Derby this Saturday at Oaklawn Park, says the Daily Racing Form. Cozzetti finished third in the Tampa Bay Derby last out and fourth to Kitten’s Joy on turf before that. Romans is pleased with the way his colt […]

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Oaklawn’s Fantasy field set for Wednesday

The Grade 2 Fantasy at Oaklawn is often used as a prep for the Kentucky Oaks and two of the last three winners have gone on to win the Oaks: Rachel Alexandra in 2009 and Blind Luck in 2010. This year, Amie’s Dini will hope to follow in their footsteps, reports the Daily Racing Form. […]

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Racing Festival of the South begins with Fantasy

Oaklawn’s final week of racing kicks off Wednesday, April 11 with the start of the Racing Festival of the South and the $300,000 Fantasy Stakes (G2) for 3-year-old fillies. The 1 1/16-mile race drew a field of eight fillies hoping to follow in the footsteps of past winners and champions Rachel Alexandra and Blind Luck, […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: GOOD TIME CHARLIE

  By Ray Paulick He is a combination of P.T. Barnum, Perle Mesta and Frank Sinatra—an innovative promoter, unmatched host and fiercely independent man. He rules over one of the last family-owned racetracks on the American landscape. He is Charles Cella, the longtime president of Oaklawn Park, and if anyone is going to lure Rachel […]

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