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Hettel Returning To Oaklawn As Arkansas State Steward

The Arkansas Racing Commission has appointed longtime racetrack executive and steward Bernie Hettel to the position of state steward for the 2020 Oaklawn live season, which runs Friday, Jan. 24 – Saturday, May 2.  “We are thrilled to have Bernie Hettel as the state steward of Arkansas,” Arkansas Racing Commission Chairman Alex Lieblong said. “He […]

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‘Preakness Is A Go’ For Oaklawn Invitational Winner Laughing Fox

Oaklawn Invitational winner Laughing Fox will make his next start in the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) Saturday, May 18 at Pimlico Race Course, owner Alex Lieblong said Thursday morning. Laughing Fox, who runs in the name of Lieblong and his wife, JoAnn, and is trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, earned a free berth into […]

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‘Let The Horse Tell Us’: Oaklawn Invitational Winner Laughing Fox Probable For Preakness

While a final decision won’t come for at least a few days, if all goes well Alex and JoAnn Lieblong’s Laughing Fox is likely headed to the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) Saturday, May 18 at legendary Pimlico Race Course. Laughing Fox, trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, earned an automatic berth into the Middle […]

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Laughing Fox Scores Preakness Bid In Oaklawn Invitational

Alex and JoAnn Lieblong’s Laughing Fox, coming off a fourth-place finish in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 13, rebounded off that race to post his first career stakes victory in Saturday’s inaugural $300,000 Oaklawn Invitational at Oaklawn. The win earned the Union Rags colt an automatic berth to the May 18 Preakness Stakes […]

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EHV-1: No Louisiana Horses To Be Allowed At Oaklawn Until Further Notice

Oaklawn, working in conjunction with the Arkansas State Racing Commission, is restricting horses from Louisiana after three horses at Fair Grounds have developed EHV-1. No horses that have been in Louisiana in the last 30 days will be permitted on the grounds until further notice. David Longinotti, Oaklawn’s Director of Racing, said the decision was […]

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Stakes-Winning Spring Included Retired; Will Be Bred To The Big Beast

As expected, multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Spring Included has been retired following a last-place finish in Saturday’s $100,000 American Beauty Stakes for older filly and mare sprinters at Oaklawn, trainer Steve Hobby of Hot Springs said Sunday morning. Owner Alex Lieblong of Conway, Arkansas, said Spring Included will be bred to Grade 1 winner The […]

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$600,000 Trappe Shot Colt Tops Day 5 of Keeneland September

The 71st Keeneland September Yearling Sale took a day off Friday and resumed Saturday with the sale of a colt for $600,000, while overall figures held steady from the corresponding session last year. “There was good strength at the top of the market and plenty of interest all the way through,” Keeneland Director of Sales […]

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