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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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Tyler Baze Moves His Tack To Oaklawn Park Through May

Tyler Baze, among the top jockeys on the Southern California circuit, was scheduled to ride three horses Sunday in his first day as a regular at Oaklawn. Baze, 36, will be represented by agent Joe Santos, who has booked mounts at the meet for David Cabrera, Israel Rodriguez and apprentice Luis Fuentes. Arkansas Racing Commission […]

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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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New Drug Testing Protocols Making A Difference At Oaklawn Park?

Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., rolls into its final week of live racing today, highlighted by the 44th annual Racing Festival of the South, a cluster of stakes races culminating with Saturday’s closing day Grade 1, $1-million Arkansas Derby, the $750,000 Oaklawn Park Handicap (G2) and the $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3). Friday’s […]

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‘Eye-Catching’ Numbers For Oaklawn’s New Pick-5 Wager

Corresponding all-source handle Friday on the new Pick-5 at Oaklawn was up almost 800 percent compared to the multi-race wager it replaced, Bobby Geiger, Oaklawn’s director of gaming and wagering, said Saturday morning. Geiger said total wagering on the Pick-5 (last five races) was $39,846 – $32,926 off track and $6,920 on track. All-source handle […]

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Oaklawn To Implement Enhanced Drug Testing Program For Upcoming Meet

Oaklawn Park will implement an enhanced drug testing program for its upcoming 2017 race meet, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form. During its meeting on Wednesday, the Arkansas Racing Commission approved an increase to its drug testing budget, which will allow Oaklawn to conduct ‘super tests’ on every race at the track. According […]

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Santana Negotiating Shorter Suspensions On Five Riding Violations

Jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. is in the process of negotiations with the Arkansas Racing Commission to reduce the number of days of suspension he was handed for five different riding offenses at this year’s Oaklawn Park meet. Although Santana and his attorney say a deal is not yet final, they anticipate that instead of serving […]

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Leading Rider Santana Earns Five-Win Day At Oaklawn Saturday

Three-time defending Oaklawn riding champion Ricardo Santana Jr. rode five winners on Saturday’s nine-race card, highlighted by Terra Promessa’s victory in the $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3). Santana, 23, narrowly missed Oaklawn’s single-day record for victories (six), a mark shared by Pat Day and Larry Snyder. He finished third aboard Gabio, beaten 1 ¼ lengths, in […]

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RCI Chairman Takes Hypocritical Stance On Federal Racing Bills

Mark Lamberth, a member of the Arkansas Racing Commission and chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, turned the dial on the BS Meter all the way up on Tuesday in a press release on RCI letterhead stating: “Entire Arkansas Horse Racing Industry Opposes Federal Bills.” Among other things, Lamberth said any initiative to […]

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Arkansas to Require Commission Vets to Administer Lasix

The Daily Racing Form reports that the Arkansas Racing Commission will enact a new rule next year requiring Lasix to be administered by commission veterinarians only. Previously, the drug could be given by private racetrack practitioners on race day. The change will go into effect Jan. 9, in time for the upcoming Oaklawn Park season. […]

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