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Instant Racing and the Commonwealth of Kentucky

No matter how you measure it, Kentucky is the Thoroughbred capital of the world. Best stallions, highest number of foals, leading producer of stakes winners around the world, biggest sales, most sophisticated veterinary care.  And the entire sports world finds itself fixated on Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May each year for the […]

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Oaklawn Park officials ‘cautiously optimistic’

With an improving economy and overflowing stalls, the officials at Oaklawn Park can’t seem to help but be excited about this year’s season. Or at least cautiously optimistic. “I think we’re cautiously optimistic,” said general manager Eric Jackson. “The economy in this part of the country is starting to look a lot more positive than […]

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By Ray Paulick The old cliché about necessity being the mother of invention helps tell the story of the significant turnaround that Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., has engineered in the last decade. In the mid-1990s, when neighboring states approved casino wagering, Oaklawn lost 40% of its handle. Charles Cella, whose family owns […]

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